What a picture perfect weekend we just had, the weather was a little cool and the wind was gusting, but the sun was shining and the cool fall air felt great! Friday was Founder’s Day at the Mount in celebration of the Sisters of Saint Joseph starting their Academy for Young Women 153 years ago, and Sunday was our open house. Open house is the day we show off our school and all it has to offer, and my Culinary Club has been part of Open House for the past three years.
I have to give a huge thanks to the Parents at the Mount for all their hard work and dedication, and it was my privilege to work with them today as they prepared all of the tasty treats served to our visitors. They did such a great job of decorating the Mount as well, you could really feel the season.
I had four of my culinary students working our table at open house, but as I looked around the room I saw so many more of my students representing other clubs in the school. I am fortunate to have such an outstanding group of young women as my students, their strength, and confidence shines through in everything they do. But it wasn’t just my students that made me swell with pride, but all of our girls did such a fine job representing the school. This was such a great day for me, as I got to speak with many of hte new parents as they told me just how happy their daughters were with the food we served. That’s not something you here everyday about school lunches. I also had a steady stream of visiting parents coming by to meet me, because of all the wonderful things the students of the Mount had told them about their school lunches during the tour.
I was recently telling a new friend about my job, and they questioned how I could be happy making school lunches, how could it satisfy my creative need and stroke my ego. It made me laugh, what I told them was, not only am I allowed the freedom to create my menu, but encouraged by my company to be creative, to think outside the box, to take my meals to another level. So in that respect I am very fortunate, I’ve worked for a few other food services companies and believe me it’s not always that way. I told him that I’m also in a position where I can greatly impact someone’s day with a meal or even a cookie.
Where else can food mean so much that it makes your day, do you remember when life was that simple? No, I told him….. I’m where I belong.
Now this is where I get on my soap box and tell you about how lucky I am to be working for a company that believes that school lunches should be healthy and delicious, and that gives me the freedom to tailor my menu’s to my girls at the Mount. In case your wondering, that would be Flik Independent School Dining. We don’t receive a standard menu that’s followed by the entire company (some companies actually believe that they should be able to get the same meal at any of their accounts on the same day any where in the country) , how sad would that be. Part of feeding a school is learning about their eating habits, the other part is teaching them how to eat good foods……and that part is not always easy! But my girls have plenty of options, and really isn’t part of teaching them to eat giving them choices?
Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella
Moroccan Vegetable Wrap
We have at least two types of pizza every day, and occasionally stromboli’s. Pasta with two sauces is always available, and this year they are loving whole wheat pasta!
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Our list of entries vary according to the season, Asian and Mexican themed lunches are always a hit, and although they don’t get it as often as they would like, buffalo chicken tenders and our famous walking taco’s do make an appearance.
Oven Roasted Salmon
Philly Style Roast Pork with homemade potato chips
Then of course there is the salad bar, with a variety of roasted vegetables, fresh cut fruit, tofu, hummus, and whole grain salads. Did I mention that Flik Independent School Dining won the National Whole Grain Challenge? One of our schools did win that honor, we serve whole grains at every meal. Of course there is a home made soup every day too, and more than half the time its a vegetarian option!
Fresh cut Fruit
Of course we always make room for dessert, and my girls do love dessert. Cupcakes have always been a favorite, but this year they finally found out how good bread pudding is. They do love our classics, peanut butter pie, toll house cookie pie, and of course the Sundae Bar. We do offer whole fruit, low fat yogurt parfaits, and sugar free fruit yogurt. Of course no school is complete without puddings, and jello, but we take it one step further by offering sugar free puddings and mousse. But there all time favorite are still the Mount
Peanut Butter Pie
My culinary classes start this week, it looks like we have close to 80 girls signed up for classes for the third year in a row, our new students will begin their training with basics, knife handling, sanitation safety, prepping veggies for all uses, and of course sauces. My second and third year students will be challenged this year, they will work in teams be given recipes and work independently to make the recipe they have been given. I will keep you updated on their progress!
The Mount’s Top Chefs!
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed your little tour of some of our school lunches, my girls do love to eat and I love feeding them, it’s a match made in heaven!
Have a wonderful happy week my friends and until next time, stay full and stay safe,