What's for lunch? Buist students treated to first-class menu

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Forget what you thought you knew about "cafeteria food."

Students at Buist Academy in Charleston have been dining on menu items like hummus, pita bread, even quinoa.  It's a part of a new pilot menu designed to expose students to advanced cuisine, while also offering a healthier lunch option.

"We want something that's going to engage them and their taste buds so that they're as excited about coming to lunch as we are about making it for them." said Cindy Kessler, Project Manager for Charleston County Food Services.

The pilot menu was introduced in December.  Kessler says Charleston County looked to schools in Upstate South Carolina as a model for the program.  Students are given a small sample of the new dish, usually around four ounces, and are encouraged to offer feedback, whether positive or negative.

"We have noticed a lot of students shy away from things with black beans in them," she said.

"They want to look at it first," added Nikki Gee of the Buist Cafeteria.

"If they see it, if it looks good, then they'll try it."

School officials look to integrate similar menu items into more schools throughout Charleston County.  So far, no timeline has been set.

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