Blog Archives

Video: School Wellness Summit Attendees Share Their Enthusiasm

At the conclusion of the 2015 School Wellness Summit, we interviewed attendees to learn what they thought about the day: 2015 School Wellness Summit from Orfalea Foundation on Vimeo.

KCOY TV Covers the GOOD NEWS in School Food Reform

Every day, more people recognize that the whole child comes to school – not just the test-taking parts!


Video: Cooking From Scratch Requires an Investment in the Right Tools

In the brief video below, Chef Instructor Kirsten Criswell explains why the Orfalea Foundation’s support for scratch-cooking in our local schools has included the purchase of top-quality kitchen equipment.  


Salt Sugar Fat Author Coming to Santa Barbara

The Pulitzer Prize winning author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, is speaking at UCSB’s Campbell Hall on Saturday, February 22, at 3:00 PM. Michael Moss conducted a very thorough investigation of the Read more


Video: Unleashing the Educational and Social Power of School Food

In this two and a half minute video, author Jan Poppendieck makes the case for eliminating school lunch payment tiers and viewing the cafeteria as a classroom that teaches children about healthy food and encourages Read more

Sugar is only part of the problem. Ignorance of how much sugar we are consuming is the greater health hazard.

Video: Sugar Disconnect

Sorry to mention this while all those holiday sweets are tempting you, but in today’s one-minute video, School Food Initiative Lead Chef Instructor Janet Stevenson reminds us that small amounts of processed sugar add up Read more

Pop quiz, hotshot. If you were on The Price is Right, could you guess the cost of this scratch-cooked school lunch?

Video: Today’s Food Aid is Based on Ozzie-and-Harriet Era Assumptions

  In today’s three-minute video, Free For All author Jan Poppendieck explains why SNAP benefits, aka “food stamps,” do not last through the month.


Video: Private Charity Provides Only 4% of Food Aid In America

There are over 61,000 private charitable food banks, pantries, and other food aid distributors in the USA, but all together they provide only 4% of America’s food aid, according to author Jan Poppendieck. With one-in-four Read more

Chef Instructor Claud Mann prepares a spice-tasting lesson at Culinary Boot Camp.

School Food Basics: Taste Everything!

In the video below, School Food Chef Instructor Claud Mann discusses an essential part of scratch cooking: tasting everything before it goes to the kids! Taste Everything from Orfalea Foundation on Vimeo.

Thoughtful preparation keeps a school kitchen running smoothly, even under tight daily deadlines.

Culinary Boot Camp Video – Mise en Place

The Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative devotes a lot of time to the concept of Mise en Place during Culinary Boot Camp, because a safe, efficient, effective kitchen requires good organizational skills and planning, as Read more