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One of the 16 garden beds maintained by the Aspen School District

Power Players 2017: Scratch prep is the norm here

Student meal services for the Aspen School District in Colorado is managed by a former fine-dining chef who insists on fresh ingredients, sourced locally where possible, and fresh prep down to even the ketchup and the pizza dough.

Aspen Schools Nutrition Services Director Tenille Folk was working as a chef in some of Aspen’s finer dining establishments when she decided to take on the challenge of school foodservice in 2009 at the local district, which has three schools and about 1,800 students. Today, her program is noted for its scratch cooking (even the ketchup and pizza dough are made in-house) and as much local sourcing as is feasible in the Aspen area—one district’s parent’s ranch supplies

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