School Lunch Found Guilty!

Midwinter Break, Day 2 by schoollunchfoundguilty
February 16, 2010, 7:11 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Bento Box at Morimoto: NOT GUILTY

New sandwich hot spot in the East Village: NOT GUILTY

Great, inexpensive slices on every block: NOT GUILTY

FoodTeacherAmy says:

We live in New York City, one of the Foodie-est cities on the planet. Some of the world’s best restaurants are here, some of the world’s greatest chefs. The diversity of dining options is astounding: you can get sushi, pierogis, falafels, foie gras, a slice of pizza, a tofu dog and curry on the same block. We are home to food-centric media outlets like the Food Network and The New York Times(Dining and Wine section), not to mention multiple publishing houses responsible for cookbooks and culinary commentary. We’ve got culinary institutes, specialty markets, hobby chefs, amateur food critics and passionate bloggers. With so much enthusiasm for food surrounding us, it’s kind of shocking that the kitchens in NYC public schools don’t see any of it. I am willing to bet that if we tried just a little bit to marry the schools with the culinary powerhouse that is NYC, we’d be able to change lunchtime considerably. I imagine there are chefs out there who would like to work regular daytime hours, and who might also like the challenge of feeding a bunch of tough critics.

Right now in the news, the big push is for healthy lunches. That’s all well and good, but a lunch is only healthy if a kid eats it. NYC already has nutritional guidelines in place for school lunches. But notice, most of the lunch reviews written on this site have nothing to do with the nutritional content. The students are concerned about what the food looks like and tastes like. They get upset by repetition and lack of variety. It’s not going to be enough for us grown-ups to show up with a scoop of vegetables and an apple. We can do better than that. School lunches need to be healthy, tasty and interesting.

I’m no math teacher, but this seems like a simple equation:

NYC’s wealth of culinary resources + Yucky school lunches = Solution!

Don’t you think? Wouldn’t it make sense to tap into the resources we’re so lucky to have right here, and put all of New York City’s culinary heads together to figure something out?


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