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Chef Lisa’s West Coast Tour!

Next week I will be embarking on a West Coast tour of our sites and kitchens in British Columbia and Alberta!  I am so excited to visit with all of our hardworking chefs and teachers! I will be hosting parent tastings of some of our new yummy menu items at the Vancouver site, Langley Kids World site, and our Commissary Kitchen in North Vancouver! I will be at the Vancouver site for pick-up time in the afternoon on November 4th and the Langley Kids World site on November 5th in the morning for drop off. In addition, we will be hosting a great tasting event right out of our Vancouver Commissary Kitchen on November 5th beginning at 5:30pm. Our amazing new commissary Head Chef Claudia will be in attendance preparing all the yummy food alongside me! This event is open to all parents and corporate clients just email to RSVP.


We will be hosting our annual Directors conference in Calgary this year. This is a great opportunity to hear about all of our children’s food preferences, likes and dislikes across the country! I will be spending time in our Calgary Commissary Kitchen cooking with Chef John, as well as visiting the centres! We will be hosting a parent presentation and meet and greet with Chef Lisa on November 12th at 5:30pm – 6:00pm at our Eau Claire location, all are welcome! From Calgary I will be going up to Edmonton to visit our two great locations! While I love travelling to visit all of our amazing locations, it is often a struggle to keep up healthy eating and exercise habits while I am away. Here are some ways that I keep on the healthy track when travelling!

Prepare food in advance! I always make sure I have packed snacks and on the go meals for flights and the long hours waiting in airports. By coming prepared I am much less tempted to make an unhealthy choice! A second big factor when travelling is to stay hydrated! Dehydration can lead to headaches, muscle cramps, fatigue, and reduced concentration. Water and herbal teas are great ways to keep you going. I always bring a few bags of my favourite chai tea! The toughest factor when travelling is making healthy restaurant choices, especially when eating out for business dinners or lunches. Try to look at the menu ahead of time and choose meat and fish items that are steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, poached or roasted. Travelling is no reason to throw off your exercise routine! Most hotels come with fully equipped gyms, even squeezing in a 20 minute workout can really help you stay on track. This trip I am attending some local yoga classes in Vancouver and Calgary to help keep my own personal routine!

Try making this yummy roasted cauliflower as an on the go yummy snack… See you soon West Coast!


Kidco Kitchen Roasted Cauliflower Florets

What you need:

-        1 cauliflower head

-        2 tbsp. minced garlic

-        3 tbsp. olive oil

-        ¼ cup grated parmesan

-       1 tbsp. parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Separate cauliflower head into small florets.
  3. Place the olive oil and garlic in a large resealable bag. Add cauliflower, and shake to mix. .
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping florets halfway through. Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown.



Chef Lisa Ruscica

Chief Food Ambassador

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