Chefs bring healthy options to NY schools

Chicken wraps tested as part of Chefs Move to Schools program.

The fifth-graders at Union Pleasant Elementary School were even more enthusiastic than usual as they poured into the cafeteria for lunch last Thursday (March 1). The students were excited to try samples of a whole-wheat chicken wrap — the newest menu item carefully created for the Hamburg School District by professional Chefs Steven Binks and Pat Koch.

The food tasting event was a collaborative effort between the district, Seeds of Living Education Inc. and the American Culinary Federation’s Chefs Move to Schools program.

Under the guidance of Binks and Koch, the school chefs learned how to assemble the meal made out of fresh white chicken, hummus, a whole-wheat wrap, cheese and Frank’s RedHot sauce. The district was thrilled to offer a new nutritious menu item. The students were excited that the healthy wraps taste like chicken wings.

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The University of Maryland will begin offering weekly specials at all of its dining halls this semester, The Diamond Back reports.

The weekday specials will allow Dining Services to offer past menu items that students miss as well as new dishes students have been requesting, according to a spokesperson.

Students can find out which specials are being offered each week via dining hall table tents as well as through Dining Services’ social media. During select weeks, the specials may reflect a particular theme, such as Taste of the South.

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