The Lunch Tray Presents a New Documentary: Lunch Line!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 22, 2010

I’m thrilled to announce that on Thursday, October 28th, The Lunch Tray, along with Applegate Farms, will be co-sponsoring an exclusive, one-night Houston showing of a new documentary film about the school lunch program — Lunch Line.

Here’s a trailer of the film and a recent review from The Atlantic Monthly.  The film makers, Uji Films, give this synopsis:

Lunch Line reframes the school lunch debate through an examination of the program’s surprising past, uncertain present, and possible future. In the film, six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago set out to fix school lunch and end up at the White House.  Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a weak patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program. The film tracks key moments in school food and child nutrition from 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s to the present – revealing political twists, surprising alliances, and more common ground than people realize.

The event will be held at The Health Museum and will begin at 6:30pm with a reception featuring local and organic refreshments.  Immediately following the screening of the film, I’ll be introducing a panel discussion featuring the film makers along with celebrity chef Monica Pope (Bravo Top Chef Masters and a Food & Wine Best New Chef); Recipe for Success‘s Director of Operations, chef Molly Graham; and Brian Giles, General Manager of Houston ISD/Aramark Food Services.  Lisa Brooks, a writer, teacher and public school parent, will moderate.

Admission and parking are free.   You just have to be one of the first people to RSVP to secure a seat in the theater.  For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Can’t wait to meet some Houston TLT readers in person on Thursday, October 28th!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny Staff Johnson September 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

So exciting! Can’t wait.


bettina elias siegel September 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Looking forward to seeing you there!


mara September 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Sounds like a great night – Can’t wait!


bettina elias siegel September 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm

So glad you can come!


orell fitzsimmons September 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm

a team of wild horses couldn’t keep me away


bettina elias siegel September 22, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Great, Orell – see you there!


Megan (@MissHealth) September 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I just went to the Washington, D.C. premiere last night – and it was fantastic. I’m hoping to hold additional screenings in my community to help fuel the discussion because I think this movie is a great way to get people together to start talking about how to create real changes in school food!

I recently wrote a post about breakfast in schools, and I’d love your opinion, if you are interested:


bettina elias siegel September 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Megan: So glad to hear you liked the film! And I’ll take a look at your post in and get back to you. – Bettina


bettina elias siegel September 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Posting about this today – look for a mention of you!


Renee at Applegate September 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

We look forward to your Houston screening! We just did the DC screening on Tuesday night and we had a packed house of 150! But before we come to Texas, let’s all remember to spread to word to Congress to support the Child Nutrition Act: Thanks, Renee and the Applegate Crew


Sara Speer Selber October 5, 2010 at 8:21 am

We will not only attend, but hope there is great news! Love the progress and now if we can make sure the GMO’s and High Fructose Corn Syrup is eliminated…..who knows, maybe Houston can be the leading Restoration Movement of our food supply! Will share this with our Smart Meals n More Mailing list if that is OK?


bettina elias siegel October 5, 2010 at 10:13 am

Sara: Great to hear you’ll be there. (Be sure to officially RSVP with PR Collaborative if you haven’t already done so.) And I’d be thrilled if you share it with your mailing list. Thank you! – Bettina


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