At The College School, food is central to our community and culture. We appreciate how a thoughtful lunch program can positively affect our students. Our comprehensive program focuses on sustainability, local sourcing, composting, nutritious meals, and so much more. And, in typical TCS fashion, our students are an integral part of the program, from planting and growing food in our Greenhouse to sharing in a family-style dining experience in our Dining Room.
We are so grateful to partner with many local farmers for our lunch program:
Crooked Creek Beef
Rolling Lawns Farm
Double Star Farms
Between The Rivers Apiaries
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf
The above is a defining quote for me. I love sharing my commitment to feeding kids well with The College School community. Working in a supportive school community allows me to combine my two passions: children and food. I believe healthy food plays a critical role in developing the whole child.
I have spent the past ten years working with this purpose by improving nutritional standards for children in school settings while working to develop farm-to-table lunch programs. My goal is to prepare healthy, locally-sourced foods that are kid-friendly and taste great. I am passionate about nurturing children with food and empowering them with the knowledge to make healthy choices for a lifetime.
I have a degree in Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts and began working many years ago in restaurants and catering. After spending time at home with my children, I returned to find greater purpose connecting children to their food. My husband and I have three adult children. In my free time you’ll find me traveling, spinning, or hiking with my husband.
How do families pay for lunch?
Like other areas of our program, the lunch program is a core offering at the school, and is included in each student’s tuition.
How does the lunch program address dietary restrictions and/or allergies?
Chef Monica works with families to understand and best accommodate the needs of every child. She has years of experience in schools and has addressed allergies and dietary restrictions for many students.
Can a student still bring lunch?
Yes. While tuition covers the cost of lunch for all families, you may still choose to bring your lunch from home. However, we want all families to participate in the lunch program to grow their student’s understanding and appreciation for food.
What about field trips?
Lunches will be provided for field trips (with the exception of a few long trips).
Is the food prepared on site?
Yes. The food is prepared in-house and focuses on quality and variety.
Is the food healthy?
The lunch program provides fresh, nutritious meals for our students. Food is locally sourced whenever possible and free of trans fat and high-fructose corn syrup. Processed foods will be kept to a minimum.