APEEE has exclusive competence for the canteen service. The daily operation is ensured by the Canteen Office and kitchen staff of the APEEE staff while a dedicated Canteen Working Group, made up by APEEE Board Members is responsible for the general oversight of the service.
The Canteen staff together with the nutritionist, establishes weekly and monthly menus according to the season and the specific period of the school year, and adapting the portion-sizes for the different age-groups.All meals for the Canteen and the Cafeteria are prepared in-house by the Canteen kitchen staff
The APEEE food policy is available on the website of the APEEE.
Canteen lunch includes a soup or fresh vegetables, a hot main course and a dessert. Bread and water are also available. For nursery and P1/P2 pupils, fresh vegetables or a soup are proposed as a starter at the table. From P3 onwards, pupils may serve themselves with soup or fresh vegetables from four self- service bars. The main course is served at the beginning of the service; the dessert is served 10 minutes before the end of the service.
In general, the canteen aims to propose simple, non-sophisticated meals, with separation of components (meat/side-dish/vegetables), with very limited presence of deep fried and pre-processed food and limited amount of salt. Traditional foods and recipes from the sections represented in the School are available on a regular basis. Once a month, under the heading "I taste & I discover", the canteen offers a traditional menu from one of the language sections represented in the School or other European cuisines.
According to the Canteen Food Policy, the vegetarian option is included in the menu of the Canteen: Nursery and pupils from P1 and P2 will receive either fresh vegetables or soup, depending on the days. Pupils from P3 and older can also use one of the four salad bars; soup is available on most of the days at a soup-bar. Components of the main course are separated, to allow children to easily eat just the vegetarian ones. For secondary pupils a hot and cold non-meat alternative is available every day (Green Meal).
As a general rule, the canteen tries to use locally sourced seasonal ingredients, provided by companies committed to sustainability. Meat is carefully chosen, supplied by Belgian companies that implement responsible animal husbandry, with no use of antibiotics.
Although the APEEE is very attentive to intolerances and allergies and is investigating new leads, in practical terms it is not possible to respond to specific cases, thus to prepare special menus for individual needs. Parents are invited to check the information about the ingredients of the menus that is displayed in the web site on a daily basis, in order to manage any allergy concerns.
Parents wishing to experience a lunch with their child in the students' canteen are kindly invited to send a request by e-mail to the Canteen Office at least 24 hours in advance. Provided that the pupil is properly enrolled, parents are welcome to visit the canteen and have a lunch with each of their enrolled children at no cost once per term, i.e. up to three (3) times per school year and per pupil (provided that he/she is duly enrolled).
Please consult the link SNACKS – AFTER SCHOOL GARDERIE/SNACK & GO which is included in the Canteen homepage.