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Cheese Diaries: Throwback Thursday School Lunch Edition

The cheese in my lunchbox was better than the note
May 8, 2014 3:00 pm

 I also remember some lunches thoughtfully packed by my mom long before she started her career as a chef. She would include notes to the tune of “I love you, don’t let the bullies take your spirit (or milk money)” and knew I would only finish my lunch if she catered to the cheese addiction I developed basically as soon as I grew teeth. This Throwback Thursday, I analyze the friends I sat with at lunch (and actually liked).

Video: Philadelphia Public Schools Learn Lunch Eatiquette

Chef Marc Vetri doesn't serve "raggedy pizza."
Mar 17, 2014 4:00 pm

Eatiquette is a special lunch program which provides students with fresh, cooked-from-scratch meals served family-style, supported by Vetri Foundation For Children. Several public schools in Philadelphia are benefitting from the effects of more nutritious food in a setting that supports healthier dining habits. Take a look inside an Eatiquette lunchroom, where, thanks to Marc Vetri and plenty of community support, kids don't just eat, they dine.    


The Secret Black Market of 1990s Lunchbox Trades

Here's what we were eating instead of school lunch
Jan 9, 2013 12:31 pm

This isn't a processed food bashing sesh. It's a processed food memorial for the previously innocent items parents now get citations for packing their in their kids' lunches. They were fun, and while those days are pretty much behind us, I thought I'd shout out a few things I used to trade for when the black market opened around noon every day. 

Interview With A NYC Prep School Chef

We found a good solid model to follow
Dec 6, 2012 12:31 pm

Just because Michelle Obama and Jamie Oliver aren't in the news every day promoting the cause doesn't mean we're not still obligated to take steps every day towards improving the situation. I hope someday "eat your vegetables" loses its stigma as a brush-off or even punishment, because we all figured out how to make kale chips. Meet someone who's working on it.

What Was Your Favorite "Flavor" Of Lunchables?

Lunchables: Nostalgia City or Grossville?
Oct 8, 2012 11:31 am

I cannot tell a lunch-related lie: my mom used to buy me Lunchables all the time. they were just so awesome, I had to have them — the meat was SO processed, the crackers were SO not whole wheat and the cheese, well. You know. But when I see the Lunchables of today's youth, it's very hard to feel nostalgic for the lunch equivalent of a TV dinner, compartments and all. 

Top 10 Notes I Got In My Lunchbox

Mama Kapadia was a master of the lunchbox note
Jul 25, 2012 11:31 am

My mom was a master of school lunch, knowing full well how gross and not-nutritious the food would be if she'd just given me a buck fifty and taken the morning off. Here are her top 10, as recounted to the best of my memory. 

What Boarding School Kids Eat For Lunch

High school cafeteria food gets personal
May 3, 2012 11:31 am
brooks school

When it became known that I would be going to boarding school instead of high school with my friends, two main sets of questions arose. My friends: "What did you do?" My parents' friends: "What will she eat?"

Bologna Sandwiches: The Best You Ever Had

A bologna sandwich recipe for an old-school lunch
Jan 25, 2012 12:31 pm
bologna sandwich

I really, truly loved bologna sandwiches when I was a kid. More than chicken fingers. More than pizza. More than anything else you couldn't slather with mustard and take for lunch. I loved the uniform texture and smoky saltiness of it and the fact that bologna had three meanings: Kosher beef, deli-style pork blend, or "bullshit, you did so break the VCR."


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