Kalispell schools’ cuisine earns ‘Bon Appetit’ accolades

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A student at Glacier High School reaches for one of the healthier options available for lunch in this file photo from Nov. 6, 2011.

Local foodies may want to dine in the cafeterias of Kalispell Public Schools and taste the cuisine served to thousands of students on a daily basis.

Why? 

Besides the Health Hero Award Kalispell Public Food Services Director Jenny Montague recently received from Eat Right Montana and Action for Healthy Kids, the magazine “Bon Appetit” thinks the district hit the mark at producing some of the “yummiest locally sourced cafeteria meals out there.”

The magazine featured Kalispell along with six other public schools around the nation at www.bonappetit.com under the headline “At These Public Schools, Cafeteria Food is Healthy, Tasty — and Locavore.”

The story was posted Friday afternoon in recognition of National Farm to School Month. 

A photo of a meal from Kalispell Middle School, highlights locally sourced ingredients (except a spinach salad) that include a polish sausage on a bun, roasted root vegetables, an apple and apple crisp dessert. 

A caption highlights Montague and former FoodCorps Service Members Katie Wheeler and Lea Howe for their work to serve up local foods, notably grass-fed beef throughout the district.

“Bon Appetit,” contacted Montague a few weeks ago to write the story Montague said.

“I just got the link this afternoon,” Montague said. “I was really excited that people from ‘Bon Appetit’ are interested in school food and promoting school food.”

Kalispell Public Schools did their own celebration of Farm to School Month by participating in Montana Crunch Time.

Thursday, FoodCorps Service Member Jessica Manly-Schneidman orchestrated about 3,500 students to each take a bite into an apple at 2 p.m.

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