Category Archives: CA-Lodi

Lodi’s Family Dinner from around the World

What’s for dinner? Nancy Rostimily, Lodi Unified School District’s Food Service Director, decided it would be an international taste of salads, along with hot chicken noodle soup and bread as well as fresh Mandarin oranges, locally sourced and so sweet, … Continue reading

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Five Flavor Culinary Course Inspires School Food Service

The food heritage of many immigrant and first generation students is rich and fascinating, largely healthy, and vastly untapped in school lunch — so we, Evans & Brennan, designed a half-day course for School District Food Service to introduce five … Continue reading

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Candy Jo – Loves to Buy Locally

CANDY JO REIGER, CAFÉ  SUPERVISOR II, LODI JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, LODI, CA Origin: Phoenix, AZ Candy Jo’s husband is a native of Lodi and, like many people in California’s Central Valley, the two of them value having space to … Continue reading

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A Passion for Vegetables – Lodi’s Pam Castaneda

PAM CASTANEDA, Cafeteria Manager, REICE ELMENTARY SCHOOL, Lodi Unified School District, Lodi, CA Origin: Palos Verdes, California As Pam Castaneda (pictured left) stands in the locker room next door to her kitchen, near the Hobart stand mixer she uses to … Continue reading

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Lodi’s Full Service Kitchens — The List and the Reason

“The full-service kitchen,” says Lodi’s Warren Sun, “offers greater flexibility for the menu planner to plan healthy meals that utilize fresh produce (much of it locally grown) which has a strong appeal to our student customers.” The tilting skillet, shown … Continue reading

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Authentic Mexican Food from Lodi’s Maggie Hernandez

MAGGIE HERNANDEZ, Cafeteria Assistant II, BEAR CREEK HIGH SCHOOL, Lodi Unified School District, Lodi, CA Origin: Michoacán, Mexico “Mexicans love to cook – I love to cook, my whole family, we all love to cook,” Maggie said. She has brought … Continue reading

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Lodi’s Soup Specialist – Becky Octave

BECKY OCTAVE, Cafeteria Specialist II,  BEAR CREEK HIGH SCHOOL, LODI UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, CA Origin: Koppern, Germany “We’re going back to batch and bulk cooking. We find that not all the kids, for whatever reason, are getting home cooked meals. … Continue reading

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Lodi’s Warren Sun Wants a Cooking Kitchen in Every School

Lodi, California The town of Lodi was founded, as so many of California’s Central Valley towns were, around the coming railroad.  It began in 1869, set in sandy ground that stretched for miles with ample ground water, and the crops … Continue reading

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