Lakeside district makes nutrition changes

Pictured (from left) are Chef Tory Hogan, Chef Justin Mills, Dr. Billy Adams, and K-12 Director of Nutrition Candace Turner.

Lakeside School District has just raised the bar in school lunches.

Lakeside schools were introduced to a new culinary program for their school lunches this past Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The Lakeside cafeteria staff, along with Superintendent Dr. Billy Adams, have been working with a company called K-12 Culinary Connection in an effort to increase the nutritional aspect of the school lunch programs.

This effort covers both Lakeside cafeterias and the Eudora Elementary School cafeteria.

K-12 Culinary Connection is owned and operated by Chef Justin Mills, a former Army cook who used his GI Bill to attend culinary school. His company now serves 22 school districts in Arkansas.

Wednesday’s meal gave the kids a choice between a Bistro Burger and Smokehouse Pizza. Sides included a salad bar with fruit selections.

Mills and his staff spent several weeks teaching the cafeteria workers new recipes and procedures to ensure that the kids get nutritious and tasty meals.

K-12 Culinary will also be continuing the support to the schools as they progress forward.

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