I got to the lunch room late last week, so my “source” had already eaten much of her lunch:
The entree was a new item on our menu this year: BBQ chicken. That’s right – an actual whole piece of chicken, unprocessed, unbreaded and quite tasty. As you can see from the photo, it was a big hit with this child and with most of the kids I talked with.
One drawback of the chicken is that, like all the food, it’s served with a flimsy “spork.” According to my friend Cheryl Sorak (on lunch room duty that day), many of the kids were unable to eat it without a knife yet didn’t want to pick it up because it left sauce all over their hands. [Ed. Note: More musings on the spork in an upcoming post.] Cheryl had spent the lunch period handing out extra napkins wherever she could, and she wondered if Food Services could include a Wet Nap with this entree in the future (are you listening, Houston ISD/Aramark?).
As for the sides, my source really liked the mac-n-cheese (in the now-empty container above,) but she pronounced the mixed vegetables “totally without flavor.” The girl next to her was far less diplomatic: “They’re just nasty!” was her less-than-kind assessment. And no one was touching the diced pears, for whatever reason.
It was great to see one of the improved menu items – the BBQ chicken – met with such enthusiasm by the kids. Proof positive that kids will accept something other than the ubiquitous nugget or other standard Kid Food. I hope we see more whole-food entrees like this in the future.