Teaching your kids the importance of of growing their own fruits and vegetables is a good way to enjoy seasonal food during the summer. Chef Jennifer Brower cooks nutritious meals for nearly 170 school districts -- most of them right here in Michigan. Chef Jennifer is the Regional Executive Chef of the Great Lakes Region at Chartwells K-12. She ensures more than 500,000 students are fed each day.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
They gave the students at Loy Norrix a choice for lunch, the votes are in and they picked the chicken.
Chartwells, the contractor who provides food service for Kalamazoo Schools held a tasting event featuring three different menu items…a do-it-yourself Pizza station, an assortment of Latin-American dishes and a selection of different ways of serving chicken. Food Services Director Christine Haller says the idea is to give students more choice, because it isn’t nutritious unless they eat it.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Regional Executive Chef Paul Sottile worked his way up in the food industry after starting out as a bus boy cleaning tables. Sottile now works for Chartwells K12, the parent company that handles the food service for the Wichita Falls ISD schools and others across the country. Sottile gave a demonstration to the culinary arts students at the Career Education Center Friday morning, focusing on vegetables and how other ingredients or seasonings can affect the end product.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Students from Ring Lardner Middle School in Niles enjoyed a special lunch from celebrity chef Jet Tila Wednesday.
He's most known for his appearances on the Food Network.
Tila works with Chartwells the company providing nutritious meals to Niles Community Schools.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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