Earlier this month 60 students were invited to the Sealy High School cafeteria to participate in a food tasting panel event. The event was hosted by Southwest Foodservice Excellence, Sealy ISD’s foodservice provider--with the purpose of gathering student feedback on 10 potential new items for the Sealy High School lunch and breakfast menu.
Students sampled five breakfast items and five lunch menu options, ranging from peach empanadas to pork tamales. Then, the students gave feedback about each culinary concept.
Among the sampled options, student favorites included:
• Chicken and Chili Crispito: A flaute-style item, stuffed with chicken, cheese and a hearty southwestern sauce, all in a crispy shell.
• Buffalo Chicken Tornado: A thin, crispy roll-up with buffalo chicken and cheese filling.
As a result of the student feedback, eight of the 10 tested items will be added to menus at all four Sealy ISD schools, starting immediately.
Student food sampling events like these, which are scheduled four to five times per year, are one way that SFE and Sealy ISD are working together to keep lunch fresh and exciting for students. Introduction of the new items will expand upon SFE’s already generous selection of menu items. And each item works within the National School Lunch Program guidelines, fitting with the company’s dedication to nutrition.
“We find that asking students often about what they like best helps us to ensure strong program participation,” said Sealy Foodservice General Manager Jonathan Anderson. “We look forward to adding these new items to the menu.”
Sealy ISD Superintendent Sheryl Moore added that she is pleased that student input is being requested for additional menu items.
“It's always nice when students have a say in things that affect them, especially something as important to them as what is for lunch,” she said.