Category Archives: CA-Cutler-Orosi

What’s a Director To Do with Too Much USDA Whole Wheat Dry Rotini?

Tossing a Challenge to the Staff by Brenda Lightfoot-Handy, Director of Food Service, Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District Cutler-Orosi JUSD is the proud owner of several hundreds of cases of USDA Whole Wheat dry rotini, a great product, yet we … Continue reading

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Ngoc Le, Dietetic Intern Researches Cutler-Orosi’s Teen’s Lunch Habits

Ngoc Le, Dietetic Intern, Cutler-Orosi School District Ngoc Le, a young and energetic intern who clearly wants to make a difference in community nutrition was filling the dietetic internship position at the Cutler-Orosi school district when we visited. Just what … Continue reading

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Cutler-Orosi’s Dora Yanez Cooks A Lot at Home

DORA YANEZ, Assistant Cook, Golden Valley Elementary School, Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District Origin: Woodlake, CA “I cook a lot a home,” Dora tells us. “I’m raising 3 grandchildren. They’re 12, 11, and 7. I cook lots of potatoes, hamburger … Continue reading

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A Chef Comes Back Home to Cutler-Orosi’s School Lunch

JESSE VALASQUEZ, Site Manager, Golden Valley Elementary School, Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District Origins: Cutler-Orosi, CA Jesse Valasquez grew up cooking. His parents owned a Mexican restauarant in nearby Dinuba, and he was part of the family business, cooking, bussing, … Continue reading

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Cutler-Orosi’s Dora Lopez

DORA LOPEZ, Assistant Cook, Golden Valley Elementary School, Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District Origins: Monterey, Mexico Dora Lopez is quietly making over 200 burritos by hand as we enter the large kitchen that serves Golden Valley Elementary School, and also … Continue reading

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Cutler Orosi – Brenda Lightfoot Handy

Cutler-Orosi, California – Brenda Lightfoot-Handy brings her own Style of Good Food to School Lunch   Cutler and Orosi, are two small towns, side-by-side in California’s Tulare County, one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world. The annual … Continue reading

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Cutler-Orosi’s Ngoc Le

Ngoc Le, Intern, Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District Stay tuned. We start our stories in July of the Cutler-Orosi school lunch staff, Director Brenda Lightfoot-Handy, and intern Ngoc Le, who is on a one-year rotation as a Dietetics Intern through … Continue reading

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