Even Chefs Stress About Packing Their Kids Lunch

September  4, 2015

When Chef Vivian Howard doesn't know what to pack her 4-year-old twins for lunch, she gives them the food she herself enjoys eating.

My twins' first ever day of big-kid school was this week. Aware that people expect the children of a chef to bring creative, balanced, beautiful arrangements of perfectly curated nutrition, I stressed over what to send for lunch. 

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I didn’t want to let anybody down, but Theo and Flo are only 4 and, for the first few weeks at least, my goal is for them to feel comfortable at school and confident at lunch. 

So the not so chef-y spread you’re looking at is seedless watermelon, avocado with lime and salt, Chapel Hill Creamery Calvander Cheese, and chocolate-covered almonds. I don’t believe in fixing dinner for my husband and me and fixing something else for my kids, so I give them foods I, too, like to eat. And everything here is something I enjoy and feel good about feeding them.

You can catch Chef Vivian Howard and her Southern-style farm-to-table recipes on A Chef’s Life, airing weekends on PBS starting September 3 (check local listings).

Photo by Vivian Howard


702551 September 4, 2015
Viv, I think your PBS show is one of the best food education pieces that has come out in the past twenty years, including all cookbooks published within this timeframe.<br /><br />I am thrilled to hear there's a third season on the way. You got this Cali guy to delve into the beauty of collard greens pot liquor and boiled peanuts. <br /><br />I've mentioned your buttermilk biscuit segment a couple times here as one of the finest "non-recipes" I have ever seen.<br /><br />Anyhow, looking forward to Season 3.
Stephanie G. September 4, 2015
Where did you get those almonds???
RoastedBeet September 4, 2015
Does the lime keep the avocado from browning?