"Setting the path for your child to succeed"

The Children’s Chef

The Red Balloon's Children's meal preparation Kitchen
The Red Balloon's Kitchen, kids mealsChildren's Chef Cocking TurkeyChildren's Chef Cocking potatos

Our Chef : Jeff Yalan

★★★★ Asia, ★★★ New York


When you walk into the Red Balloon, by 9:30 you can smell a wonderful fresh lunch being prepared by “Jeff The Chef”. Breakfast has been served & cleared and already the aroma of baked chicken, turkey burgers, roast fresh organic turkey, chili, sautéed chicken, tacos, spaghetti with homemade sauce, mac and cheese, haricovert string beans, broccoli, peas and carrots, spinach, roast or mashed potatoes or rice fills the air for our fresh lunch. Always using healthy olive oil in his cooking. Your stomach grumbles and you wish you were one of the children. Each week Jeff prepares fresh protein delivered by our butcher, and fresh produce handpicked from Fairway including fresh fruit for snack. He watches all nut (free), salt, sugar, and fat content, and still we feel we are in a 3 star restaurant. Don’t worry if you are a vegetarian or vegan, Jeff will make you a wonderful meal. He delights the children with his food and personality, and makes parents happy knowing they don’t have to cook and their children eat so well. Perhaps the one problem arises at night when they tell you your food is not as good as Jeffs’. Jeff has traveled all over the world cooking in exotic places, but has been most happy at the Red Balloon.

He’s been cooking at The Red balloon for twelve years now, sautéing, roasting, and baking for the kids. Prior to landing here he worked in restaurants and hotels domestically in New York (primarily), Vermont, and California, as well as a lengthy stint of artisan bread baking in Boise. Abroad he’s worked as a chef in Portugal, Morocco, Israel, Mongolia, and Vietnam.

Additionally, he spent many years testing and developing gluten-free baked goods and cuisines, and is able to cater to any child’s food allergy brought to our attention.

Good and healthy kids meals, Sample Menus:

Red balloon Menu 1 Red Balloon's Healthy menu 2

Children in Motion

Children at the Red Balloon where they learn, play, grow and learn to socialize with others, on the road to success.


The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon
The Red Balloon was a wonderful place to start Hi Norma, Seems so long ago! Declan attended Anderson from Sept 2002 to June 2011, and now Beacon High School from Sept 2011 to present, expected graduation is June 2015. We’re looking at colleges now and can let you know where he ends up this time next year! The Red Balloon was a wonderful place to start his educational experience, with loving and nurturing teachers and staff who created an environment that enabled him to develop important social and academic skills that helped him to become the student and person that he is ...


The Red Balloons scholarship program provides over $100,000 annually in scholarships to 38% of our families. Most of these families are of diverse backgrounds and low-income. 

Your generosity will help us continue to give these families the financial aid necessary to secure a quality education and a successful future. 

Thank you for your donation and support in the road to quality education for preschoolers.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Casino Night

    March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Staff Development Day

    March 9
  3. TBD

    March 9

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