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Meet The Chef: Naomi Serizawa

Chef Instructor Naomi Serizawa sees the ripple effect of teaching scratch cooking to school food service workers.

Orfalea School Food Initiative’s “Chef Beth” Earns National School Lunch Award

    By Claud Mann School Food Initiative Chef Instructor Bethany Markee signs off on all of her correspondence the same way: “Fresh real food….for children….every day. It’s possible.” For too many on the front Read more

Children Are Always Learning – Even at Lunchtime

The lunch lady vs. food educator from Orfalea Foundation on Vimeo. Chef Instructor Bethany Markee reminds us that it’s not enough to improve the food on a school child’s plate – we need to talk Read more

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Cooking From Scratch is at the Heart of the School Food Initiative

Until November 1, Jack Johnson‘s Ohana Charitable Foundation is matching donations to the School Food Initiative. Please donate using the button below, and your gift will go twice as far! Over the next few weeks, we’ll Read more

Salad Bars Empower Students to Make Their Own Choices from an Array of Healthy Options

Until November 1, Jack Johnson‘s Ohana Charitable Foundation is matching donations to the School Food Initiative. Please donate using the button below, and your gift will go twice as far! Over the next few weeks, we’ll Read more

Chef Instructor Janet Stevenson Wants to Be Able to Look the Next Generation in the Eye

Until November 1, Jack Johnson‘s Ohana Charitable Foundation is matching donations to the School Food Initiative (up to $2,500). Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing these videos made during the April 2013 Culinary Boot Read more

Chef Claud Mann on Why He Supports the School Food Initiative

Until November 1, Jack Johnson‘s Ohana Charitable Foundation is matching donations to the School Food Initiative (up to $2,500). Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing these videos made during the April 2013 Culinary Read more

Parent Support for Scratch-Cooked School Food is Just a Tasting Away

Here’s a video from last year about how Buena Vista Elementary School in Lompoc made the transition to scratch-cooked meals and won the hearts (and stomachs) of parents as well as students.  

Breakfast in the Classroom at La Cumbre Junior High

We’ll be posting a lot more about breakfast in the classroom, but in the meantime, here’s a news report from last year that explains some of the advantages for students and educators.  

Smart Trash Cans Keep Silverware Out of the Bin

Returning from disposable to durable cafeteria settings reduces waste and saves money, but only if you don’t throw away the silverware! Fortunately, these smart trash cans use magnets to catch the flatware before it disappears.