The Center for Ecoliteracy will present a workshop, "Menu Planning with the 6-5-4 School Lunch Matrix: Pairing Fresh, Seasonal Ingredients with USDA Commodities in School Meals," in Sacramento on Saturday, November 12 at the School Nutrition Association's 59th annual conference.
Award-winning cookbook authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann M. Evans, Center for Ecoliteracy executive director Zenobia Barlow, and Oakland Unified School District Nutrition Services director Jennifer LeBarre will share innovative strategies for cooking from scratch using the Center's dynamic 6-5-4 School Lunch Matrix.
The session is based on the Center for Ecoliteracy's new cookbook and professional development guide, Cooking with California Food in K–12 Schools. The book's model menu-planning framework for school food services professionals is designed to generate a variety of high-flavor dishes and increase the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients in school meals. The 6-5-4 strategy uses six basic dishes children know and love, five cultural flavor profiles, and the four seasons. The book also presents a field-tested plan for effective professional development that school food service professionals genuinely enjoy, drawing on their skills and inspiring their creativity.
Participants will receive complementary copies of Cooking with California Food in K–12 Schools.
Jennifer LeBarre, director of Nutrition Services for Oakland Unified School District, currently works to implement the Nutrition Administrative Regulations of the OUSD Wellness Policy, which has improved the nutritional content and quality of district meals. She has partnered with the Center for Ecoliteracy on Rethinking School Lunch Oakland, a feasibility study which will develop a blueprint to help OUSD achieve its vision for a world-class nutrition services program. She is a member of School Food FOCUS, School Nutrition Association, California School Nutrition Association, and California School Business Officials.
Zenobia Barlow, executive director and cofounder of the Center for Ecoliteracy, is a pioneer in applying ecological and indigenous understanding in K-12 education. She coedited Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World and Ecoliteracy: Mapping the Terrain. She is a fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and served on an international team advising Bhutan on remaking the national education system.