School’s been back in session for a few weeks now around most of the nation, and K-12 and college students have a little more to be excited about in many U.S. schools, thanks to innovative and tasty new menu items. As a contract foodservices company involved in K-12 and college dining for decades, we understand that there are only so many pizzas, chicken nuggets, and hamburgers students can eat. What’s going on around the country? Check out some of these mouth-watering back-to-school menu items.
At Southern Market, Georgia State University’s retail location, beef flank steak is marinated with chimichurri for 24 hours for a more intense flavor and tender juiciness. A bold, citrusy burst of flavor for the taste buds! GSU’s also where you’ll find hearth-seared rainbow trout served with cranberries cooked to the consistency of jam.
Avocado chicken Panini is all the rage at Boston College, where there are several exciting new options on the menu including sticky rice offered up for breakfast along with liquid nitrogen ice cream. Another new item is Bibimbap, a Korean bowl dish incorporating white rice, vegetables, egg, carrots, soy sauce, chicken or beef, and other ingredients.
At southeastern Virginia’s Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (WJCC), Cajun beef and beans is a speed-scratch item that’s packed with flavor and plant-based protein. Hawaiian chicken sammies topped with sliced red onions, fresh jalapeños and pineapple chunks offer a fresh (and healthy) take on the sandwich. Pepper steak with colorful peppers and onions is another new favorite at the school district, where foods are prepared speed-scratch to incorporate freshness into heat-and-serve menu options.
In South Carolina Greenville County elementary, middle school and high school, students now enjoy seafood served up on a weekly basis, more frequently for the older students. One example offered to middle and high school students includes the salmon Caesar salad. One of the most popular menu items for middle school and high school students is the chicken wing bar, offered up every three weeks with a variety of flavorful wings including Buffalo, Memphis barbecue, Thai sweet chili, and teriyaki.
As you can see, school and university lunch menus are making a change for the better, and not even similar to what they were a few years ago. Fresh ingredients, healthier options, appealing to the taste buds. It IS possible to be innovative and serve up great foods students will love.
Gourmet Services, Inc. has been serving up fresh, healthy menu choices since 1975. For all of your student dining needs, count on our contract foodservices company for excellence in every area of service.