Leave the bags at home, kids can explore diverse cultures and cuisines and learn from celebrity chefs from the cozy cafeteria of their school
Oak Brook, Illinois.And the September 21 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The school cafeteria is often one of the first places a child gets to sample and learn more about foods outside of family recipes or traditional cultural dishes. To highlight the unique ingredients and authentic flavors of cuisines around the world, Chartwells K12 has launched a new program called “Global Eats,” bringing a world of flavors to school cafeterias across the country. The program invites K-12 students to explore food that celebrates cultural heritage, and first travel through it ChinaAnd the IndiaAnd the ItaliaAnd the Mexico. This fall, Global Eats rolls out at elementary, middle, and high schools, including schools in Ridgefield School District (Washington), North Brunswick Township Public Schools (NJ), and Lincoln County R-III School District (Mo.).
“Global Eats prioritizes what kids want – connecting with others, a healthy planet and adventure,” he said. Belinda OakleyCEO, Chartwells K12. “We are in the unique position of having a front row seat to children’s evolving preferences, allowing us to continue building fun and educational programs that focus on food and create deeper bonds between classmates and friends — it’s how we’re making sure students leave the cafeteria happier and healthier than they can be.” They came to him.”
With input from students, the chefs and dieticians at Chartwells K12 developed Global Eats to turn food into a mundane adventure and encourage students to eat together and savor new foods and flavors while learning about different cultures.
The unique ingredients and traditions of different cultures incorporated into school meals keep the menus and lunchtime exciting, reflecting authentic recipes created in partnership with a series of celebrity chefs specializing in international cuisine. This year, Global Eats stopped in four different countries, including:
- China: Celebrity chef Jeet Tila has created signature menu items for Global Eats that bring a sensory experience full of ginger, soy and chili flavors, including “Szechuan style” mapo tofu, dan dan noodles, and char siu burek.
- India: Delicious dishes including tandoori chicken, curry meat kofta, sweet potato and spinach vindaloo from the chef ARTE SQUAREcookbook author and winner of the sixth season of The Next Food Network Star, will be featured on the Global Eats menu.
- Italia: Kids savor authentic Italian food like penne pasta with whole chicken arrabiata, grilled cod cacatore and ‘Casio e baby’ Brussels sprouts. Michael Toscano, Chef/Owner of Le Farfalle in Charleston, South Carolina Goodbye Toscano in New York Cityon each recipe will be displayed.
- Mexico: The dishes are simple yet full of fresh flavors like lemon, coriander, the heat of pepper and spices. ChicagoChef Jonathan Zaragoza, whose family owns Birrieria Zaragoza, helped develop the menu that includes BUZZULand Albondigas con Arroz and Elotes.
“I love introducing my kids to new flavors and foods, but more than that, I love talking to them about what they love and want to keep trying more of it,” Chef Tila said. “With Global Eats, we are using the power of food to connect kids with different ethnic heritages and flavours, make their relationship with food more meaningful and take the cafeteria experience to the next level.”
In addition to new menu items for breakfast and lunch, Chartwells K12 has created a fun and engaging educational program filled with chef demonstrations, tastings, videos, activities and promotions. Elementary school students will fill in Global Eats passports with stickers as they learn about food and traditions from different countries, while high school students will learn how different geographies and cultures affect a country’s food preferences and popular ingredients. The exploration continues beyond the cafeteria through the Global Eats website, www.k12globaleats.comFeaturing recipe videos, reading recommendations, and fun activities for students, families, and teachers alike.
“Grew up in DubaiAll my friends were from all over the world, which means that when I went to their homes for dinner, I learned and understood their culture and heritage in an active, fun and delicious way! I’m so excited about Global Eats! We have to offer the same experience to our next generation, which is vital because I firmly believe that when we break bread together, we also bind our souls together,” said Chef Sequeira.
Global Eats joins the long list of innovative programs that Chartwells K12 has brought to its network of schools. Discovery Kitchen, Student’s choiceAnd the mood boosterwhich was awarded Food Management Magazine’s Best Concept Management Company in 2020, among many other efforts, is part of the way Chartwells K12 and its partners are transforming the dining experience at school and changing the way a generation thinks about food.
About Chartwells K12
Chartwells K12’s goal is to make sure students leave the cafeteria happier and healthier than they came in, by serving food that kids love to eat and creating personalized eating programs. With more than 16,000 affiliates in 4,500 schools, ranging from large public institutions to small charter schools and private schools, Chartwells K12 is built on decades of experience in food, education and operation driven by the best talent in culinary, nutrition, wellness and sustainability. For more information visit www.ChartwellsK12.com.
Source: Chartwells K12
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