Confessions of Jessica Shelly

Jessica Shelly doesn’t get celebrity reality shows, wouldn’t travel back in time if given the option and admires Walt Disney.
Jessica Shelly, food services director at Cincinnati Public Schools, doesn’t get celebrity reality shows, wouldn’t travel back in time if given the option and admires Walt Disney. 

Q. What is the best part of your job?

Getting to watch a child try (and like!) a new food for the first time.

Q. What is the worst part of your job?

Navigating through the flaming hoops of red tape.

Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

It's a tie between marrying my soul mate and getting to be a mom to my triplet boys.

Q. What is the most unusual foodservice/catering request you have ever received?

Sushi. Ironically, we started serving it our high schools this year.

Q. If you weren't in foodservice what would you be doing?

Executive in consumer marketing knowledge.

Q. Which talent would you most like to have?

Playing the piano. My playing is so bad I can't Handel it. Ha! (Maybe I should have said joke telling.)

Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Being too demanding of myself.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

My mom. She is my rock and my role model.

Q. What is your favorite meal?

Tapas and sangria.

Q. What is your "guilty pleasure?"

Salt and vinegar potato chips. I don't have a sweet tooth, I have a salt craving.

Q. What will people always find in your refrigerator?

Frank's Red Hot. I truly do put that sh*t on everything.

Q. What food fad do you wish had never started?

Chef reality shows.

Q. What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?

When I was an intern at the Cincinnati Zoo in undergrad, we would eat what we fed to the animals—mealworms, crickets and primate biscuits were a frequent lunch.

Q. Are you a morning or evening person?

I'm a night owl.

Q. What are your words to live by?

“This, too, shall pass.”

Q. If you had a time machine what historical event or era would you visit?

Two words: butterfly effect. I wouldn't do it. 

Q. What would be your dream vacation?

Galapagos Islands.

Q. If you could eat dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

Walt Disney. I loved his creative entrepreneurship.

Q. What is your most treasured possession?

My most treasured possessions are not things, they are my family, friends and memories.

Q. What activity is at the top of your bucket list?

Set foot in every continent.

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

Noncommercial foodservice operations and other employers would be spared from costly new overtime pay regulations if 21 states succeed in the legal challenge they jointly filed yesterday.

The lawsuit asks the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to set aside the rules, which are scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1.

If the court rejects the request, restaurants and other businesses will be required after that date to pay overtime to any salaried employee who works more than 40 hours in a week and earns less than $47,476 on an annual basis.

The...

Industry News & Opinion

The new unpaid-balance policy at Canon-McMillan School District in Pittsburgh is making waves after a former cafeteria worker sounded off about the practice on social media.

Stacy Koltiska said she quit her job with the district after being forced to take hot meals away from students who owed lunch money, CBS News reports .

Under a new policy that was implemented at Canon-McMillan this year, students whose lunch debt exceeds $25 are not allowed to receive a hot lunch. Children in grades K-6 are given a sandwich in its place, and older students receive no lunch. A recent...

Industry News & Opinion

Due to low participation in its lunch program, Talawanda School District in Oxford, Ohio, is raising the price of school meals this year, Patch.com reports .

The cost of school lunches will see a 30-cent increase, half of which is being enacted to cover the district’s budget. The other half is being required by the government to cover the cost of free and reduced-price lunches provided to low-income families. Prior to this year, the district had not raised prices since 2009.

The district’s cafeterias have experienced a decline in student participation since implementing the...

Industry News & Opinion

Six Philadelphia hospitals were honored by the city’s department of public health for healthy food initiatives introduced as part of the local Good Food, Healthy Hospitals program, bizjournals.com reports .

The hospitals each debuted healthy measures to their dining services, such as lowering the cost of water bottles and seltzers, and offering dishes that incorporate local produce. One hospital was also honored for operating its own organic farm.

The facilities that were honored were:

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Eastern...

FSD Resources