Top chefs help revamp lunch programs for Minneapolis Public Schools

Four schools will also receive salad bars as part of the healthy makeover.

Sept. 19—Minneapolis Public Schools have revamped their lunch programs, and now officials are turning to the likes of Michelle Gayer and Tim McKee to spotlight the district's efforts and craft new menu items.

The result: The MPS True Food Council, a panel of 24 chefs and restaurateurs that includes some of the biggest names in the local food scene. It was born when Bertrand Weber, who took over the school district's food service almost two years ago, asked local chefs for input and help promoting healthy changes to the MPS lunch menu.

Weber got Birchwood Cafe owner Tracy Singleton and her chef, Marshall Paulsen, to provide their recipe for a three-bean salad to the district's high school salad bars last year.