Viewing Food as Education
When it comes to nutrition, schools have to balance quality with costs. Chef Samantha Cowens-Gasbarro, chef/school nutrition consultant at Healthy School Recipes, joins Chef Rich and Justin to discuss how she helps schools serve nutritious food and turn dining into an educational opportunity.
0:38 – Stick around for Nate’s Notes
1:21 – School nutrition has come a long way
4:33 – The importance of consultants
6:09 – Chef Samantha Cowens-Gasbarro joins the show
6:53 – Chef Samantha’s foodservice journey
10:02 – The origins of nutritional trends
11:33 – Balancing quality and costs
17:09 – Scratch cooking in schools
19:38 – Food as an educational tool
26:50 – Getting buy-in
30:42 – Cook once, serve twice
32:37 – Resources for success
34:14 – When school nutrition started to shift
42:01 – Missing the kitchen
43:57 – Becoming a foodie early
45:53 – Making the case for consultants
52:09 – Chef Samantha’s inspirational quote
54:27 – Nates Notes
58:01 – Outro
Chef Rich and Justin reminisce about their school lunch experiences. Then, Shannon Solomon, director of nutrition services for Aurora Public Schools in Colorado, shows them not all superheroes wear capes.
Food nutrition director, Amy Lawrenz stops by to discuss how she actively manages nutritional programs for multiple school districts and interesting ways to improve those programs.