Guest Chef Day Goes Local at Winchester High School

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As part of Whitsons’ Local Initiative, Winchester High School enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by a Guest Chef with fresh ingredients from local farms and businesses.

Winchester Guest Chef Day Going Local

The food and preparation were amazing, not to mention there probably aren’t too many high schools out there bringing in chefs to serve organic and locally harvested offerings.

On November 17th Winchester High School hosted a very special “Guest Chef Day”, featuring fresh products sourced from local farms and businesses. Chef Rich Sandmann from Whitsons School Nutrition and Kevin Silvia, Food Service Director at Winchester School District, created a wholesome menu using ingredients from the following local establishments: Wilson Farms from Lexington, MA; Bella Ravioli from Medford, MA and Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery from Winchester, MA. This menu included dishes for all tastes and preferences, such as a hearty soup, vegetarian and non-vegetarian sandwiches and paninis, a fresh pasta dish and a pasta salad, and a vegetable pizza.

Students were very pleased with the menu, so much so that the most popular comment in the cafeteria was “When are we having this again?” Mia Gustin, Lead Administrator at Winchester High School, mentioned that the teachers and staff were thrilled not only with the food offered, but also the overall outcome of the event, “I know I speak for lots of staff members in saying thanks to the cafeteria folks for putting on such a great lunch yesterday: the food and preparation were amazing, not to mention there probably aren’t too many high schools out there bringing in chefs to serve organic and locally harvested offerings.”

The Guest Chef Going Local event at Winchester High School is part of Greenleaf Cuisine, Whitsons’ local produce initiative. Whitsons School Nutrition is committed to supporting local farmers by sourcing produce locally whenever seasonally available. The main goal of Greenleaf Cuisine is to provide the very best produce the region has to offer, fresh from farm to fork.

About Whitsons School Nutrition
Whitsons School Nutrition provides a wide range of highly customized dining services to public and private schools, with a strong focus on nutritious, high quality menus made from fresh, wholesome ingredients. Whitsons has a long and proud history of excellence and growth since 1979 and currently ranks the 16th largest dining company in the United States (Food Management magazine, September 2011). In addition to school nutrition, Whitsons’ scope of expertise and services extends to: culinary development, residential and healthcare dining, delivered meals, corporate dining, emergency dining and vending services.

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