LA school district offers back-to-basics lunch menu - with a few healthy, exotic twists

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Two years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District tried to spruce up its lunch menu, with cafeteria ladies dishing out chicken tandoori, sushi, and broccoli and beef with brown rice.

The kids hated it.

So the nation's second-largest school district went back to basics. The district overhauled the menu last year after students turned away from unfamiliar fare. This year's menu will feature enchiladas, lasagna and beef sliders.

"There's nothing that the kids said, out and out, 'Get rid of that,'" Food Services chief David Hinkle told the Daily News of Los Angeles. "We're trying to keep the menu cycle the same and interject a few new things here and there, based on student feedback."

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