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​​Let’s be honest, a great grilled cheese sandwich is one of the most wholly satisfying food experiences possible. At its best, it arrives at the table warm and evenly golden, crisp on the outside, with a blanket of melted cheese just peaking from the edges. As with many great pleasures, grilled cheese is deceptively simple. A few slices of Cheddar nestled between two pieces of buttered bread. Grill, flip and serve. What could be easier? For numerous reasons, in a school food setting, most schools with “grilled” cheese on the menu serve a pre-made processed cheese sandwich that is heated while still in its plastic wrapper. Loosely speaking, it can still be considered a grilled cheese sandwich. (Using that same logic, one might suppose Milli Vanilli could have been considered a talented “singing” duo.)

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​​School Food Reform....is it possible?


​​Over the past 4 years I've had the opportunity to work with The Orfalea Foundation in an effort to assist public schools make the shift to fresh food and scratch cooked meals. The School Food Initiative demonstrated that school food reform is possible.

Despite a growing understanding of the link between good nutrition and the ability to learn, many school districts feel bound by budgets and bureaucracy to stick with packaged, processed, heat-and-serve food.

By changing the underlying structural premise from one of expediency to one of health and wellness, we and our partner organizations shifted not merely practices, but the attitudes and culture behind them.

The Orfalea Fund and its partners in Santa Barbara County have shown that healthy, delicious, scratch-cooked food can be procured and prepared on time and on budget.

To read more, please visit http://www.orfaleafoundation.org/school-food-initiative/



Claud Mann

Bring Back Home-Ec!

​How does a person learn to cook? In years past, watching a parent or grandparent prepare the family meal was the common method by which life skills such as cooking were passed down from one generation to the next. For a long time, high school Home-Economics classes played an important role as well. I was fortunate to be among the last group to sneak in under the wire before such classes ceased to exist. Since Home-Ec vanished around the same time as bell-bottoms, revealing that I attended the class means that I’m well past fifty. (The fact that I was a male who chose to take Home-Ec means that I didn’t have a lot of dates – the dates came years later when men who cooked were suddenly considered sexy.)