Category Archives: Interview

A Fresh Look at Art and Ag at the National Farm to School Conference, Austin TX 2014

We recently caught up with Danielle Whitmore, YoloArts Executive Director, with whom our firm, Evans & Brennan,  works professionally on the Yolo Farm to School Project. She spoke at the National Farm to School Conference in Austin, TX to find out … Continue reading

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The Port City: West Sacramento and Energetic Karri Pina, District Food Service Director

West Sacramento, CA, Washington Unified School District. West Sacramento sits directly across the Sacramento River from Sacramento, California’s capitol city, but it is its own entity, incorporated in 1987. The Port of West Sacramento, built in 1963, is one of … Continue reading

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Scott Soiseth Sources Great Ingredients for Turlock Schools

SCOTT SOISETH, DIRECTOR, CHILD NUTRITION, TURLOCK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, TURLOCK, CA With this profile on Scott Soiseth (pictured left) we begin our series looking at who’s cooking school lunch in Turlock, California.  First, a bit of background on Turlock. The … 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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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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Manteca’s Patty Page Sees Kale from Her Office Window

Manteca, CA Located in the heart of the agriculturally rich San Joaquin County, Manteca was, until recently,  a small, valley farm town. However, in the 1990s, when the San Francisco Bay Area began expanding, the town’s relative proximity to Silicon … Continue reading

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