School Meals Are Healthy Meals

Grilled Cheese, Chicken Caesars, and More!

Brooke, Paige, and Ava popped into the high school cafeteria for a third period, mid-morning snack. It was about 10:30 a.m. and the staff was just starting to serve the lunch menu. The girls, all freshmen, selected chicken tenders, orange juice, and water.  A few tables away, Niko and Alex were enjoying a brunch of a grilled cheese, hamburger, muffin, and chocolate milk.

While many of the menu items in Katonah-Lewisboro school cafeterias haven’t changed over the years, there are surprising options, too—like Sweet Sausage Baked Penne, and Siriracha / Maple Roast Chicken which was available at the middle and high schools on the first day of classes. Andy Waild, the food service director and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, tastes everything. He also carefully watches what sells and what doesn’t. The students loved the Korean pulled pork two years ago, he remembers, but it wasn’t a popular item last year.

New this year: Nutritional Information and Ingredients

What has changed is that this year nutritional information and ingredients for all menu items are provided on the Food Service section of each school’s website. There are filters to screen foods for allergens like tree nuts, gluten, and dairy, giving parents an easy way to review menu options.

Food Service is located under Departments on each school’s website. Click on Lunch Menus—All Schools, then one of the schools. You’ll find a monthly menu. Click on any menu item for its nutritional value and ingredients. 

While some food arrives frozen, most is prepped on site. Each school makes its own deli sandwiches and has a lead cook in charge of making sauces, soups, and sides like mashed potatoes as well as baking muffins and cooking hot vegetables and entrees. Katonah-Lewisboro’s food service, Aramark, sources as much food as possible from New York farms, including milk, apples, and yogurt.

Food & Wellness Meetings

Parents, students, and staff are welcome at monthly Food & Wellness meetings at 10:00 a.m. in the John Jay High School Cafeteria. They are September 25, October 30, November 27, December 18, January 29, February 26, March 25, April 29, May 27, and June 24.