By: Kimberly Bryden/Junior Writer
New Ideas, New Foods
The cheese steak sandwich was recently added to the Blue Ridge cafeteria lunch menu, so we set out to determine what the students think of the new offering. Do they think it is a tasty, or not so tasty, meal?
According to Linda Cole-Koloski, BR food service manager, the same foods have been served for the past fourteen years.
So, why add a new food item to the lunch menu? Cole-Koloski says the government had excess product, the steak sandwich meat, and was giving it away, which Cole-Koloski thought presented a great opportunity for the Blue Ridge cafeteria menu.
One might think that since this is a new food item, students would like it a lot, but actually, according to Cole-Koloski, “not a lot of people liked it that well.”
Cole-Koloski said she collected data on how many students actually ate the cheese steak sandwich and concluded it wasn’t as many as she had anticipated.
“They either loved it or did not like it that much. The elementary did not like it as much as middle and high school kids did.”
Even so, Cole-Koloski says there is enough meat to serve cheese steak sandwiches three more times this school year. ”
Junior Jillian Stone says that even though the cheese steak was not her favorite lunch item, it was “alright,” although she wishes it was more flavorful.
As to whether or not the cheese steak sandwich will become a regularly featured menu item, Cole-Koloski says: “It is actually really complicated to see if we want to purchase it or not. If the item becomes popular, though, we will look into purchasing more of it. The next time we serve it, we may actually melt the cheese.”
Cole-Koloski says she would like to hear from students about possible menu ideas.
“I would like the student body to try different things and bring any reasonable suggestions to me. We have a low budget, so ideas need to be reasonable. I try to alternate all the food items so everyone will at least get to eat something they like. It is all a balancing act.”