The Beet

The Growing Chefs! Commercial Kitchen – we call it The Beet Café.

The Beet

Each year, The Beet Café prepares and delivers over 65,000 hot healthy lunches through our school and camp lunch program. All of The Beet Café lunches are made from scratch, using the freshest local and seasonal ingredients we can get our hands on.

After the lunch service has ended each day, the Beet team continues to work in support of the Growing Chefs! Education Projects. The Beet Café is the foundation from which our Education Projects run. Although the meals made in The Beet Café are only sold at-cost, with no profit margin, the meals cover the operational cost of the kitchen itself. This allows our Education Projects to operate from a certified kitchen space without having to build that cost into their operations — thus helping our Education Projects to reach more people.

All meals for the Lunch Program are nut-free. Any nuts listed in our recipes should be considered optional and can simply be omitted.

We are currently accepting new partners for our new hot lunch program. The Beet Café is expanding to offer healthy hot lunches to public schools in London Tuesday – Friday for the 2024/2025 school year. We have capacity to take on hot lunch dates for the remainder of the 2023/2024 school year as well.

We have partnered with Lunchbox by to make ordering through your schools already set up ordering system simple and easy. Schools can coordinate dates for hot lunch delivery by reaching out to chef@​growingchefsontario.​ca, or by contacting Lunchbox by directly if your school already has an account set up.

Our elementary school lunches are waste free, and delivered in reusable containers that are individually labeled and picked up later in the school day, making for a sustainable healthy lunch option.

Whether you are looking for a weekly lunch delivery or looking to celebrate a special occasion at school, we are excited to accommodate your lunch needs! Please see FAQ tab on the left for more information, or reach out to Chef Katherine at chef@​growingchefsontario.​ca, or 2265038473.

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