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Introducing Hydration Stations!

Posted by: JC Food on Monday, March 5th, 2012

A hydrated body is so very important to maintaining focus and attention during school.  We want to make sure that all of the students and teachers we serve are able to stay well hydrated everyday but we certainly don’t want to fill them up with the extra calories that come with sugar-sweetened beverages.  Therefore, we have been very excited to introduce “Hydration Stations” as a new part of our school food service programs!



By infusing, fresh and pureed fruit, as well as fragrant herbs, into filtered water we have successfully satisfied thirsts and excited palates at the same time!

Citrus Rosemary and White Grape Quenchers

Citrus Rosemary and White Grape Quenchers

Unique and delicious flavors such as Citrus Rosemary, White Grape and Strawberry Basil are amongst the favorites thus far.

So many refreshing options to try everyday!

So many refreshing options to try everyday!

We are certainly these new beverage options will only be more and more popular at the Spring and Summer months rapidly approach!

Eating Locally All Year Round

Posted by: JC Food on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Eating locally is a core value of JC Food!

We have been fortunate to be able to source locally grown produce throughout the entire school year thanks to our farm partnerships.  This winter Consalo Farms in Vineland, NJ have provides us with a host of delicious hard winter vegetables such as Parsnip, Turnips, Yams and Butternut Squash.

Here one of our expert school food staffs peel pounds of parsnips to roast up and serve to their students.

Peeling Parsnips

Peeling Parsnips

Our resident chef, Nancy Burgos-Jackson, combined several of these yummy veggies to create a comforting Root Vegetable Mash. Pictured below served family-style together with Parmesan Roasted Brussel Sprouts and our locally raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken bites.

Seasonal and local eats!

Seasonal and local eats!

Want to try this recipe at home? Here you go  . . .

Root Vegetable Mash

1 lb. turnips, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 lb. sweet potatoes peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
1lb Yukon gold potatoes peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
3 TBS butter
3/4 cup skim milk
salt and pepper to taste

Place turnips, sweet potatoes, and yukon gold potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover the pot and simmer until all turnips and potatoes are fork tender.
Drain well.
Return to the pot and coarsely mash with a potato masher or hand mixer.
While mashing, add butter. Then add milk a little at a time.
Season to taste.


Summer is Here…and so are Veggie Infused Smoothies

Posted by: JC Food on Monday, July 11th, 2011

When the sunshine emerges like it has this summer, not many people can deny the desire for a delicious frosty treat! Something creamy and sweet, like ice cream or even a smoothie, might not be the healthiest choice when reaching for something refreshing, but we have found a way to take smoothies to the next (nutritious) level!

What’s our secret to a super healthy smoothie? Infusing them with nutrient rich vegetables, delicious organic yogurt, and natural honey!

It all started with the first smoothie we introduced in some of our JC Food schools. The Kale “Shamrock” Smoothie recipe was created by Veggiecation, a nutrition education program that is helping students in our schools and across the county to grow their love of vegetables.

The Shamrock Smoothie is made with fresh kale (kale is packed with nutrients such as Vitamins K, A, C, and fiber), bananas, organic yogurt, honey, and ice. It was even dubbed “the best smoothie ever” by one of our students, where they powered through 20 gallons if it!

Veggiecation's Kale "Shamrock" Smoothie

Veggiecation's Kale "Shamrock" Smoothie

The Shamrock Smoothie was such a BIG hit with our students, the Chef created two more veggie infused smoothies to add to the rotation!

The first smoothie adaptation is a delicious “Carrot Orange Creation”. We start with freshly peeled carrots, which contain carotinoids that protect us from heart disease, and beta-carotene to improve our vision  (especially at night). We then add freshly squeezed OJ (which of course is full of Vitamin C), organic yogurt, honey, and ice. The ingredients are blended together to make a “creamcicle-like” treat!

Fresh Carrot Orange Julius! Yum!

Fresh Carrot Orange Creation! Yum!

This next smoothie is sure to make anyone go “how did they think of that!” Our amazing “Beet Smoothie”. Beets are quite the super food! They contain antioxidant carotenoids like the carrot, but also has betanins, which provide anti-inflammatory effects and detoxification in our bodies. This helps to protect us from cancer and heart disease.

The recipe starts with peeled and steamed beets, then blueberries, bananas, organic yogurt, honey, and ice are blended, to create this masterpiece of a smoothie!

Our Super "Beet Smoothie"

Our Super "Beet Smoothie"

What kind of smoothies will you be enjoying this summer?

End of the Year Catered Events Earn an A+

Posted by: JC Food on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The end of each school year is filled with many celebrations, to give students and faculty the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments, while indulging in some of our finest culinary creations.

Even as the year came to a close, our school food experts (aka JC Food Chefs and kitchen staff) were still hard at work. This year, we wanted to give our readers a look at some of the coolest (and most delectable) dishes created by our fabulous chefs and their staff, for some of our best-catered events yet!

For one of our schools, Chef Nancy helped to take an end of the year faculty party to a whole new level, by creating a picnic to include a steam pot filled with fresh clams, muscles, shrimp, and even corn on the cob!


Seafood Steam Pot Creation!

Using local produce, a multi-colored heirloom tomato salad perfectly complimented the steam pot and other fantastic dishes at the picnic!

Fresh Hairloom Tomato Salad Captures a Summer Picnic
Heirloom Tomato Salad

Picnic Spread

Picnic Spread

In late May, one of our senior classes enjoyed a Fresh Fruit Fiesta “cocktail” party! The menu was absolutely amazing, and Chefs Nancy and Enrique put out some of the best appetizers we have ever seen! Ever heard of Fruit Gazpacho Shooters?

Creative Presentation of Our Fruit Gazpacho Shooters
Creative Edible Garnish Adorned our Fruit Gazpacho Shooters!

For this next dish, the chef used a multi-step process to create tostone “cups” (a tostone is a Latin American fried plantain), delicious Watermelon and Feta Tostones!

Plantain Before...
Plantains Before Tostone Process

Finished Tostone Cups with Watermelon and Feta
Finished Tostone Cups with Watermelon and Feta

Check out the detail in these Strawberry Chicken Salad Filo Cups!

A Refreshing Presentation

One school celebrated even after graduation with a post grad reception, where we created bountiful tables, and passed a wide assortment of hors d’oeuvres from brie finger sandwiches to gourmet fruit tarts.

Gourmet Cheese and Crackers, Spanikopita, and Fresh Fruit Made This Display Beautiful and Delicious

Gourmet Cheese and Crackers, Spanakopita, and Fresh Fruit Made this Display Beautiful and Delicious

For each event we do, our chefs always focus on creating satisfying dishes for every palate. A BIG thank you to all those who made these catered events a success!

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