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Food for Thought mentioned in the current issue of Edible Ojai & Ventura County

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Back to Scratch | Edible Ojai & Ventura County Oxnard School District students’ plates are changing Cinnamon-spiced granola pork pozole rojo tomato salsa elote corn salad barbecue chicken drums oven-baked French toast herb-roasted potatoes What could be menu highlights from a chic café are, instead, a sampling of made-from-scratch dishes appearing on elementary students’ trays throughout the Oxnard School District …

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School Lunch Confidential May 2018

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Hello and welcome back to School Lunch Confidential! In the vein of “better late than never” I am reporting on a lunch I ate a couple months ago at Meiners Oaks School on May 22, 2018.  By way of explanation, I would like to point out that we have had kind of a rough year here in Ojai. The destruction …

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School Lunch Confidential June 2017

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Hello and welcome back to School Lunch Confidential! As the 2016-2017 academic year winds down, I will be reporting on a lunch I ate on May 25th, 2017 at Mira Monte Elementary School. But first, a post-script from my lunch at Nordhoff high school in April.   My daughter, none too pleased with her characterization in that day’s blog as …

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School Lunch Confidential April 2017

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Hello and welcome back to School Lunch Confidential! This week I finally got myself organized enough to have lunch at Nordhoff High School. Unlike the elementary schools, one cannot just wander over there and eat lunch whenever the mood suits.  One has to alert them a couple days in advance so that Mr. Hall, the vice principal, can verify that …

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School Lunch Confidential February 2017

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Hello and welcome back to School Lunch Confidential.  Again this year I realize it is hard to make time to eat school lunch! I remember this problem from last year, where I didn’t manage to even eat school lunch once before December when I had some vacation. After the blur of the PTSD-inducing presidential election, the holidays, and some well …

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Thank you Suzanne! Welcome Julie!

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Food for Thought Ojai would like to recognize and honor Suzanne Lugotoff for 10 years of skillful leadership for our OUSD Nutrition Services Department. Suzanne arrived with her family in September 2006 ready to face the challenges of a small district with a much smaller Nutrition Services budget than her previous district. Suzanne was given the directive to eliminate the …

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School Lunch Confidential September 2016 (formerly the Ojai Lunch Monitor)

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An update from the blogger… Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!  As I ease back into my alter ego as eater and reviewer of school food in Ojai, I would like to announce some (hopefully) exciting changes and updates. This blog did indeed start off as something of a spying expedition to see what, exactly, my kid and her peers …

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Food For Thought is an Opal Apples grant winner!

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Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Opal Apples initiative! We are a grant award winner and we will be out in the school gardens come Fall helping youth to make a difference! The Opal® Apple Youth Make a Difference initiative awards funding to youth-based initiatives serving their communities in the U.S. where youth, ages 6 – 25, …