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KCA Showcase – April 10th!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2015 by bistrokids


Experience Kansas City Academy through a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the creative arts in our community. Revel in music, visual art, theater, poetry and the culinary skills of students and alumni. We’ll cap the memorable evening with a performance by the Metropolitan Jazz Workshop.

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Boulder Valley looking to serve up high school lunches via food truck

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2014 by bistrokids

The Boulder Valley School District is poised to jump on the food truck trend, thanks to a $75,000 donation from Whole Foods.

The donation, which needs the approval of the school board at its meeting on Tuesday night, will pay for a pre-owned food truck that the district plans to rotate around its five large high schools — Boulder, Fairview, Monarch, Centaurus and Broomfield — potentially adding in smaller high schools as the schedule allows.

“It really fits in with our healthy eating program,” said Ann Cooper, Boulder Valley’s food services director. “Instead of leaving campus, (students) can come to the truck and get really great hamburgers or whatever it is we’re going to serve.

“I’m really, really excited about it. It showcases what we do and will promote the school lunch program to the community.”

The goal is to up the appeal of school lunches, boosting the district’s high school numbers. Now, less than 20 percent of the district’s high school students buy hot lunches at school.

“High school students are our biggest challenge,” Cooper said.

A few districts around the country have added food trucks of their own, while others are fighting to keep outside food trucks away from their schools.

In Colorado, the Jefferson County School District uses a food truck in its summer food program. But, so far, no other districts in the state appear to have tried a mobile lunch option during the school year, said Brehan Riley, nutrition program supervisor at the Colorado Department of Education.

“With the high schoolers especially, it’s a great idea,” Riley said. “Food trucks are very popular. It’s something different.”

The donation was a good fit for Whole Foods, a longtime partner in Boulder Valley’s efforts to make its school lunches healthier, said Ben Friedland, an executive marketing coordinator for the grocer.

“A food truck is going to help them continue to serve healthy lunches to kids throughout our community,” he said.

U.S. permanently relaxes rules aimed at healthier school meals

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2014 by bistrokids

Reuters) – U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childhood obesity by reining in calories and portion sizes but aroused complaints the policies caused students to go hungry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture had initially loosened the rules in late 2012, suspending daily and weekly maximum amounts for grains and meat or meal alternatives. That allowed school districts to service larger portions without penalty.

“Earlier this school year, USDA made a commitment to school nutrition professionals that we would make the meat and grain flexibility permanent and provide needed stability for long-term planning. We have delivered on that promise,” Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, said in a statement.

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School Lunch Makeover

Posted in Bistro Kids with tags , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2013 by bistrokids



Obesity declining among low-income preschoolers in some states

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 9, 2013 by bistrokids

The fight against childhood obesity is beginning to show results, say government researchers.

After rising for decades and then stabilizing somewhat in the mid-2000s, the obesity rate among low-income preschoolers declined by small but statistically significant amounts in 19 states and U.S. territories between 2008 and 2011, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Tuesday.

“We are excited because we have seen so much work going on in the past several years at the local, state, and national level, and we believe these changes are beginning to make a difference,” co-author Heidi Michels Blanck told NBC News.

Initiatives include First Lady Michele Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to reduce childhood obesity; improvements in the nutritional content of the food provided by the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); and growth in the number of U.S. hospitals enrolled in the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, which encourages new moms to breastfeed.

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Luther College. This is how their Garden Grows.

Posted in Bistro Kids with tags , , , , , , , on December 30, 2011 by bistrokids

Luther College is located in Decorah Iowa.  The gardens supply herbs and vegetables to their cafe on campus.  Sustainability at it’s best!  It’s also something  that we are work towards in our schools.  Supplying our cafeterias with fresh vegetables from the school gardens.

December 20, 2011
Luther Gardens produced 75 percent more produce in 2011 than during the previous growing season, reports the Luther environmental studies program. The four garden operations in the Luther Gardens project provided a significant increase in the locally grown foods prepared and served by Luther Dining Services.

“The gardens grew nearly 200 pounds of basil, over 300 pounds of mixed greens and head lettuce, 350 pounds of peppers and over 325 pounds of multi-colored heirloom cherry tomatoes,” said Maren Stumme-Diers, sustainable foods educator and coordinator of the Luther Gardens.
All produce grown in Luther Gardens is purchased by Luther Dining Services.
In addition to the daily produce for the Luther Cafeteria, a signature accomplishment of the gardens was the production of 160 pounds of purple, red, orange and yellow carrots. The colorful carrots were served at the Sesquicentennial luncheon hosted by Luther as part of the October visit by the King and Queen of Norway.
Stumme-Diers credits the 2011 gardens’ production increase to various projects that involve student and staff collaboration.
“I am grateful for the expertise of facilities staff at Luther,” she said. “The carpenters have helped with the construction of raised beds for two garden plots near residence halls, and they built a hoop house that the gardeners could use for starting transplants in the spring and growing spinach in the fall.
Stumme-Diers said the Luther grounds staff manages the compost pile, tills, helps plan edible landscapes and shares equipment. Boiler operators helped with projects such as the community garden fence installation, creating a washing station, and bending hoops for the construction of “quick hoops” – low tunnels covering rows of garden plants.
She said another success of the 2011 season was produce from the college’s two edible landscaping projects on central campus, both proposed and tended by students.
Edible landscaping brins edible plants into public view by incorporating fruits, vegetables and herbs into the landscape, Stumme-Diers said
“There are many goals for edible landscaping,” she said. “At Luther, one goal is to demonstrate that flowers can be edible, vegetables can be beautiful, and edible plants can have a place on central campus.
“Luther has strong commitments to both sustainability and wellness, and edible landscapes support both those goals,” she said.
Wayne Tudor, dining services general manager, suggested that one of the edible landscapes be planted as a salsa garden in 2011so that its produce could be the featured foods at a student event on campus. The salsa garden grew tomatillos, tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers, onions, cilantro and flowers that were served at a salsa bar in Marty’s Cybercafé in Dahl Centennial Union during a salsa concert and dance.
The second edible landscape, located between Ylvisaker Hall and Dieseth Hall on the north side of campus, was developed as a Diversity Garden. Its focus was on the beauty and uniqueness of food plants from all around the world.
The Diversity Garden produced 35 varieties of Asian vegetables, including several types of gourds, radishes, cucumbers and melons. Many of the vegetable varieties may never been grown in northeast Iowa before.

Luther Gardens student worker Shantel Shwarting, a sophomore from Marengo, Iowa, is currently working with the College’s Diversity Center to create a vision of what the Diversity Garden will look like next year.
During the 2011 growing season, other garden improvements include improving fencing to control depredation by rabbits, deer and other animals, and erecting quick hoops over rows of produce to extend the growing season by about two months into the fall.
In the Luther Cafeteria, labeling of foods produced in the Luther Gardens was improved to make students more aware of the garden-to-table connections.
Stumme-Diers said one of the most rewarding parts of 2011 Luther Gardens operations was observing the enthusiasm and growth of the gardens’ student workers.
“It’s really fun to see the leadership qualities that each and every gardener has developed over the course of the season,” she said. “It’s inspiring to see the enthusiasm of the students as they go about their work in the gardens and continuously come to me with ideas for what we should do next year.”

Boulder’s cafeterias are attracting a new kind of ‘lunch ladies’

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2010 by bistrokids

This is a story about our friend Chef Ann Cooper and the new style of “lunch lady” that is invading the Boulder Co. school district.  But I have to admit, I’m partial to our “Lunch Ladies and Lunch Dudes.”