What's already good can still be better

CHITTENDEN SOUTHWith an already outstanding offering, especially as far as school lunch is concerned, it would seem there is little to improve upon in the cafeteria at Champlain Valley Union High School. Food Service Director Leo LaForce disagrees, and has recently made some marked improvements. Notably, he recently put out the first newsletter from the cafeteria that accompanied the monthly newsletter for CVU parents this month. Ive been wanting to do do a newsletter for some time, said LaForce and added that he would eventually like to have it available online. Ideally, he said, he would be able to update it each month and provide nutritional information, new specials and products, and reminders for students to make suggestions. He recounted a recent suggestion made by one student--a burrito bar--which was a hit and he said would probably be done again. LaForce said that he may end up going with a blog as a way to get information out, which would be available from the schools Web site. That way both students and members of the community could respond. Its a way of opening up communication, he said. In the interest of health and nutrition, the CVU cafeteria is now offering more healthy beverages, said LaForce, which will include organic vitamin waters, iced green teas, and drinkable yogurt products made in Vermont. Its unbelievable that were back to sugar is healthier, he said in comparing products with sugar to those made with corn syrup or other sweeteners. Additionally specialty vegetarian items such as spinach wrap sandwiches with hummus have been introduced and have proven very popular. LaForce said he is always interested in new vegetarian and healthier choices, as well as serving Vermont-made products. Looking toward the fall, he is looking to work with a local farm as well as incorporating produce from this years CVU garden in its second year. Any farm that contacts me about certain items and its something I can get into the kitchen--Im interested.

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