How You Can Buy Lunch and Support Childhood Nutrition

Cat Cora and other notable chefs from around the country are serving up lunch this week to raise money for childhood nutrition programs

This week, celebrity chef Cat Cora wants you to skip your brown bag lunch. Cora, a mom of four boys, has rallied chefs from all over the country to host charity lunches at their restaurants benefiting the Chefs Move to Schools program, a leg of Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative. Headed by White House chef Sam Kass, Chefs Move to Schools has local chefs visiting schools, planting gardens and working with cafeterias to improve the quality of food served to students.  

The week-long fund-raiser, which is called Lunch Break for Schools, is supported by the American Culinary Federation and salad dressing maker Hidden Valley. Big-name chefs like Iron Chef Geoffery Zakarian and James Beard Award winner Suzanne Goin are hosting along with plenty of other notable names.

The chefs' lunches will follow the framework of the White House sample school lunch menu, which typically includes veggies and low-fat ranch dressing. Lunch Break for School menus are designed with more grown-up tastes in mind, of course, with offerings including crudité of fresh vegetables with Hidden Valley Ranch Lite, Maine lobster chopped salad with Meyer lemon “ranch” vinaigrette and a brown bag of Hidden Valley Ranch oyster crackers (by chef Ford Fry of JCT Kitchen & Bar in Atlanta) and ham and swiss on whole grain bread, potato salad, yogurt parfait with fresh fruit, rainbow carrots with ranch dip and milk (by chef Ericka Burke of Volunter Park Cafe in Seattle).

To find a participating restaurant near you check out the full list at American Culinary Federation's web site.

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