Category Archives: Profile

Announcing Chef Cody Williams as CoBlogger

We are happy to announce that Chef Cody Williams, the dynamic Director of Food Service at Sonoma Valley Unified School District, is joining our blog, Who’s Cooking School Lunch, as a co-blogger. Cody has introduced a number of innovations into … Continue reading

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Davis’ Dominic Machi cooks from scratch for flavor and a better bottom line

Dominic Machi, Director of Student Nutrition Services, Davis Joint Unified School District, Davis, CA Davis, a university town of 65,000 in the Sacramento Valley, is ahead of the school lunch curve — it passed the first in the nation parcel … Continue reading

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Kids Love the Salad Bar at Sonoma Valley High School

Melinda Beasley, Food Service Assistant II, Sonoma Valley High School, Sonoma Valley Unified School District  Origin: Grand Rapids, Michigan  A graduate of Sonoma Valley High School where she now works, Melinda has been with the district 15 years. “I love … Continue reading

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Terry Campbell has Deep Family Roots in Sonoma County

Terry Campbell, Kitchen Manager, El Verano Elementary School, Sonoma Valley Unified School District Origin: Presidio, San Francisco, CA This August, Terry Campbell will have been with the school district for 25 years.  She lives two blocks from El Verano Elementary … Continue reading

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Esparto High School’s Cook – Lavella Kieny

LAVELLA KIENY, COOK, ESPARTO HIGH SCHOOL, Esparto Unified School District, Esparto, CA Origin: Live Oaks, CA Things are about to change at Esparto High School, and for Lavella Kieny, who runs the school’s cafeteria. Next school year, 2014-15, the campus … Continue reading

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Esparto’s Natalie Zentner grew up on a cattle ranch

NATALIE ZENTNER, COOK, Esparto K-8 School, Esparto Unified School District, Esparto, CA Origin: Esparto Natalie grew up on the family cattle ranch where there was always a big garden. “We ate what was raised on the ranch – cucumbers, tomatoes, … Continue reading

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Stacie Vasquez, Esparto’s Director is Perhaps the Youngest in CA

Esparto is a small rural community at the mouth of the Capay Valley in Yolo County, west of highway 505. The community hosts an annual almond festival in honor of the blossoms, and now has an Almond Trail as well. … Continue reading

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Paula Tapia Cooks Everyday, and Has for Years

PAULA TAPIA, COOK MANAGER, Westmore Oaks Elementary School, Washington Unified School District, West Sacramento, CA Origin: Colorado Talking with Paula and watching her smiling and laughing as she serves her students, it is hard to believe that she dropped out of … Continue reading

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Rosie Huizar and team are scratch cooking

ROSE MARIE HUIZAR, Cafeteria Manager 2, River City High School, Washington Unified School District, West Sacramento, CA Origin: Sacramento Stepping into the gleaming River City High School kitchen, fully outfitted with stove tops, convection ovens, walls of pots and pans, … 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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