Growing up, I distinctly remember our family dinners. I remember my mother zooming around the kitchen, preparing it while we finished our homework. I remember the clanging sound of the pans and the microwave timer going off to signal it was ready. I remember the smell of the oven and the scent of fresh garlic that went into almost every dish. Those family meals seemed ordinary business at the time. We sat every week night together and recapped the events of our day. We talked about the good things and the not so good things we’d shout “DADDY!” when he came through the door to join us and we’d laugh uncontrollably when our golden retriever would try to steal food or someone would burp unexpectedly. But this ritual was nothing but ordinary business. It was here where my sisters and I built better self-esteem by being able to “have the floor.” It was here where we felt a deep sense of belonging…after all dinner didn’t start until everyone was seated. It was here where our family bonded and strengthened ties. If someone was having an issue at school or at sports, we’d talk about ways to solve the problem. It was here where we learned routine, manners, and how to eat both healthily and mindfully.
On the rare occasions my mother would send me to school without one of her signature, lavish lunchbox meals complete with an encouraging note and a little piece of chocolate, buying school lunch felt like the complete opposite of family dinners. The lunch line was long and left little time to consume your meal once you got past the cash register. The lunch ladies were busy and rushed and robotic as they slapped meatloaf on our trays using ice cream scoops. I didn’t smell fresh garlic, I smelled dirty dish water mixed with bleach.
Luckily, times have changed, and the company nudging your kid’s school lunch program in a better direction is Revolution Foods. Revolution Foods (www.revolutionfoods.com) is committed to transforming citywide wellness by making kid-inspired, chef-crafted foods accessible to all. The company uses clean label and real food ingredients including fresh local produce, high quality proteins, rBST-free dairy products, and no artificial flavors or colors. Their chefs craft culturally and regionally relevant menus to deliver great-tasting meals that broaden kids’ palates. And now they are introducing…
FAMILY STYLE MEALS!
How? For one, they are making sure our children are eating food beautifully served on a plate that provides a familiar, home-style experience (unlike those meat piles that come out looking like they should be consumed on top of a cone). As kids walk through the service line, Revolution Foods ensures the staff is engaging with kids, encouraging them to make healthy choices and providing them with the experience typically found at home. Because the meals are heated in the cafeteria and served on large, family-style trays, students will smell each aroma from the menu items, like penne pasta with meat sauce, crispy chicken sandwiches, mac n cheese with chicken bites, meatball subs, and drumsticks. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like an idea I could really sink my teeth into.
In fact, I did! I recently had the opportunity to go and meet the Revolution Foods’ team, including regional chef Dominick Hayman, who is the head chef of the Boston program, as well as CEO and co-founder Kristin Groos Richmond, and got to try the new family style meals they were preparing. I was blown away. It was so delicious, and easily accessible (my daughter often tells me she can’t reach the vegetables at school, and she loves veggies so I know she’s telling the truth!). I loved the engagement, I loved the visible menu, I loved the aromas, I loved how fresh everything looked, I loved that they used a healthier version of yogurt Ranch dressing, and I loved the actual food!
Another super cool thing I witnessed was that members of the nutrition services team from the San Francisco Unified School District were in attendance to observe the family style meal program in action, as they’ll be considering implementation in their schools. Revolution Foods prides itself in supporting its vast partner network of schools and communities from coast to coast!
Is Revolution Foods serving your child’s Boston-area school? If not, make sure to inquire about it so that family style meals from Revolution Foods can start elevating your students’ meal experience!
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