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Panel 3: Kathleen de Chadenedes, Kim Greer, Nancy Weiss, and Bethany Markee.

School Wellness Summit Part 5: “We know that wellness pays in the long term, but how do we pay for it in the short term?”

Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative Director Kathleen de Chadenèdes opened the third panel of the School Wellness Summit by sharing the primary objection she hears when promoting innovative ideas in school health and wellness: “Where Read more


Solvang School’s Innovative Lunch Program Adopted in Buellton

From the Lompoc Record Fresh local ingredients freshly prepared. That’s the recipe for Solvang School’s award-winning meal program instituted three years ago by food service director and chef Bethany Markee. Starting this school year, an Read more

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

Solvang School Cafeteria – A Perfect Lunch Spot for Julia Child

by Melissa Fontaine If Julia Child were to visit the most inspiring school cafeterias across the entire West Coast, she would certainly have to visit Solvang Elementary School– according to Dayle Hayes. Hayes is a Read more

Los Olivos Students Harvest Vegetables for Donation

by Melissa Fontaine On May 23, 2013, students from Los Olivos Elementary School visited Classic Organics Farm in Buellton for an educational and community-minded field trip. The students went to the farm to learn about Read more

Day 5: Students and Teachers

Guest Post by Dean Zatkowsky As we wrap up Culinary Boot Camp, I’m most impressed by two things: 1) how much the students relaxed and came to enjoy the class by the end of day Read more

Scenes from Day 3 of Culinary Boot Camp

Guest Post by Dean Zatkowsky Today’s curriculum centered on plant foods and applicable cooking techniques, which are mostly moist cooking techniques, such as steaming, blanching, boiling, etc. We also learned how to set up a Read more

Food Service Supervisor Takes Initiative to Improve Food and Save Money

Food Service teams are always on the lookout for ways to deliver better food at lower costs, and Solvang Elementary School Food Service Supervisor Bethany Markee hit a real home run last summer. Last August, Read more