Cafeteria confidential: Behind the scenes in school kitchens
In This Series
Lessons from Ann Cooper’s school-food revolution in Boulder
In this conclusion to my Cafeteria Confidential: Boulder series, I examine what Boulder can teach other U.S. schools: The government won't fix school lunch, but a fed-up community, led by a pro like Ann Cooper, can effect real change.
Boulder rallies around improving its schools' food
Whether it's volunteering in the schools or writing checks to pay for kitchen equipment and training, Boulder residents have stepped up to make their school food revolution happen.
Serving breakfast in Boulder's classrooms
Increasingly, schools see breakfast in the classroom as a way of making sure that students are focusing on their studies, instead of on the rumbling in their empty stomachs. Here's how Boulder handles it.
Boulder’s cafeterias embrace the salad-bar challenge
With the White House's announcement that there would be funding for 6,000 new salad bars around the country, the Boulder school district, which has one in all 48 schools, should be a role model.
Dragging Boulder school food into the computer age
U.S. school food operations are at the end of the line when it comes to adopting modern technology. And that helps account for why they have trouble making ends meet under the federally-funded school meals program.
Boulder school food isn't quite cooked from scratch — yet
Boulder offers a rare glimpse into the carefully choreographed steps that must be taken to accomplish radical change in a large school district's food service. It's a work in progress.
Boulder's cafeterias are attracting a new kind of 'lunch ladies'
Ann Cooper has created a parallel culinary universe where newly trained chefs forgo a glamorous restaurant career to mash potatoes for teenagers. But that's meant cuts for longtime cafeteria staff who only know how to microwave.
The origins of Boulder's school food makeover: Nowhere to go but up
How Boulder schools went from pushing Ding Dongs and sodas to luring chef Ann Cooper to revamp their entire school-food system.
Boulder schools remove the stigma from free school lunches
Fortunately, gone are the days when students had to identify themselves as too poor to buy lunch in order to get fed.