California students taste test cafeteria food items at local trade show

Bakersfield students sample food items including orange chicken and falafel at the Partners in Nutrition Cooperative Food Show.

Dec. 11—Robert Terrazas has strong opinions about the cafeteria food at CLC-Tech, in Bakersfield, Calif., an alternative school run by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office.

“Most of the time it’s gross,” said Terrazas, 17, frowning. “It’s always cold cereal in the morning with some kind of cracker, and every Friday there’s this pepperoni pizza that’s all greasy.

“We’re here, today, trying to change that.”

Terrazas was one of eight students whose good behavior and grades earned a trip to Lancaster Thursday to attend the Partners in Nutrition Cooperative Food Show, a trade show for school cafeteria vendors and buyers.