10 December 2009

Sushi: It's not just for pretentious pricks anymore

Michelle and I always joke that Kaitlyn eats so much better at daycare than she does at home. I mean, we feed her veggies, pasta, chicken and other healthy options. Of course, there's always chocolate chip pancake night, but that's a special treat.

But when we get Kaitlyn's daily report card from daycare, we see her lunch menu consisting of beef tips, tilapia, barbecue chicken and other goodies that make my mouth water. I swear that Kaitlyn looks at us on the weekends thinking, I wonder what I would be getting at daycare today, just before we push a plate of chicken fingers at her.

Apparently, after reading this nugget from back home, Kaitlyn's getting the short end of the culinary stick. Because the kids at six Hillsborough, N.J. elementary schools are getting sushi for lunch. You read that right, sushi:

Lynne Richmond, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture, said that while items like sushi might not be commonplace in elementary schools just yet, there’s a growing trend toward expanding menus to include more options, including international items. "It’s a different world out there than it was 25 years ago or even 10 years ago," Richmond said. "We have definitely seen school districts trying to be creative with their menus in recent years using our nutritional standards as a guideline."

Now, there are a lot of people who think this is a little over the top, citing things like food allergies and tax dollars paying for sushi. And if you think this isn't going to happen elsewhere, think again. Hillsborough schools' food services are supplied by Sodexho, which holds contracts for thousands of schools systems across the country.


  1. Just read a little of your blog James. Your writing is fantastic and so natural. I had no idea when we were in school together -- it's a real talent you have! Best wishes to you and your beautiful family.

  2. Thanks Ruby. I appreciate the love. Now only if I could get this friggin' thing syndicated I would be rolling!