Illinois school adds local restaurant fare to dining options

Walden Elementary School offers a different vendor each day with five to eight options.

DEERFIELD, Ill.—For students at Deerfield’s Walden Elementary School, lunchtime this year is often like dining out at one of their favorite restaurants.

For their parents, the experience involves only a matter of computer clicks.

Kiddos Catering, Inc., took over the Walden lunch program Jan. 24, offering catered meals from such restaurants as Carson’s and Potbelly’s in Deerfield, Piero’s and Once Upon a Bagel in Highland Park and Little Louie’s in Northbrook.

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