DeSoto West Middle School doesn’t usually hold classes outside. Today is different. A retro-fitted shipping container transforms into a mobile teaching kitchen traveling coast to coast as part of a program through Chartwells. “It’s really fun learning how to cook, learning how to make different recipes,” said 8th grader Maya Hill.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The new food service company for Wichita Falls ISD is approaching its one year mark. … This school year was Chartwells K12 first serving for WFISD. Farai Sithole, the resident district manager for Chartwells K12 said one of their main goals was to bring fresh produce to the school district. "One of the unique things that we've been able to do is to bring more fruits and vegetables through partnering with our local farmers," Sithole said. Eating more fruits and vegetables is something the Athletic Coordinator, Jeff Moore said he wants his students to eat more of to perform better and since Chartwells K12 took over he said he's noticed the difference it’s made. "The menu has improved immensely and the kids have a lot more choices on what they can eat so they are eating more off their plate and they are getting fewer snacks," Moore said. Also this year, the food service company welcomed its food truck that was designed by a WFISD student.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The Portsmouth High School cafeteria hosted a culinary smack-down Friday morning that was designed to shine a light on healthy and creative meal ideas and the importance of not wasting food. On the nationally recognized Stop Food Waste Day, Steve DaFonseca, executive chef with Chartwells, created buffalo chickpea tacos and Jared Becker, regional executive chef for Chartwells, made beet and sweet potato fries. The chefs created the dishes specially for Friday’s event. Students sampled the food over the course of three lunch periods and cast votes for their favorite one. Chartwells is a dining services company that serves 500 school districts across the country, including Portsmouth, Newport, Middletown, Tiverton and other school districts in the East Bay area. Portsmouth High was selected as the location for company’s inaugural Waste Warrior cooking challenge.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
The smell of bok choy and Korean chicken bulgogi wafted out of the cafeteria Monday and down the hallways at Calumet New Tech High School. On Tuesday, it was chicken tenders with homemade Jamaican mango sauce as students made a beeline to load their plates up for lunch. Lake Ridge New Tech Schools food service director Toni Rattray said the school district is working with its food service provider, Chartwells, to feature a new Student Choice program as part of the lunch menu.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
During Earth Week, Chef Jennifer Brower shares a recipe for 'Earth Friendly Grilled Cauliflower Fajitas'
Friday, April 20, 2018
Students at a Gary, Ind., high school are getting the power to choose what they will eat for lunch. Student Choice — a new national pilot program at Calumet New Tech High School — is giving students a say on what they eat. This week, they’ll choose from entrees like Korean chicken bulgogi, crispy chicken breast tenders, diced turkey and ham with bacon-covered baked potatoes and buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips
Monday, April 16, 2018
When Chartwells K12 launched its Elly (“Eat. Learn. Live”) Mobile Teaching Kitchen program about a year ago, it was banking on research that showed that a hands-on, interactive approach to teaching about new foods and how to cook might be the best way to get children not only to learn but also to internalize what they learned in a way that they will remember it and want to replicate it in their lives.
Now there is some evidence that the program may have done just that. According to quantitative research evaluating Elly’s activities, 86 percent of the nearly 2,800 kids who participated in the program said they were more likely to try new foods and nearly 90 percent said they had greater confidence in their ability to cook.
Friday, April 13, 2018
A new program at Spartanburg High School is giving students the power over what's on the cafeteria menu. It's called "Student Choice" and Spartanburg High was chosen as one of the three schools in the nation to try the program out. The student choice program allows 9th grade through 12th grade students to taste and vote on what they want to eat at lunch. This initiative is one way the school is re-imagining the school dining experience.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
These cries were heard throughout the cafeteria during lunch at K.T. Murphy Elementary School on Friday. The students weren’t tasting a new dessert, but peaches and cream flavored-oatmeal and blueberry smoothies. The samples were given out by the district’s executive chef, Rob Smith.
The visit by Smith is part of a push to expand a breakfast program and highlight new items on offer. Out of 16,000 students in Stamford Public Schools, 2,200 to 2,500 get breakfast every day through the federally funded School Breakfast Program.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Chef Jennifer Brower shows us her favorite Pi-Day recipes
Wednesday, March 14, 2018