Nutrition Services Spotlight on Linda Riesgraf

What is your favorite thing about working for Nutrition Services at Eastern Carver County Schools? It’s hard to narrow it down to one favorite thing, because so many elements go into making this a job I thoroughly enjoy.   But, bottom line, it’s the people.  The nutrition staff in our kitchen works together so well.  They are a supportive, professional, and really fun group of ladies. The students and staff are great customers.  I always enjoy hearing their comments—especially when they love something we are serving…and even their feedback when they don’t. What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you? Recently, a student was nearing the end of the serving line with a pretty full tray. He smiled proudly and said, “When you like to eat as much as I do, you learn the art of stacking your food efficiently.” What is your favorite thing to cook at home? At home, I like to try out new recipes. Lots of trial and error, but once in a while, I make something I love! Who was your... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight on Linda Riesgraf

Nutrition Services Spotlight: Locally Sourced Turkey

Nutrition Services is proud to be partnering with Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls.  Ferndale Market is a third generation free range turkey farm that prides itself on growing turkeys the way nature intended, without the use of antibiotics or growth promotants.  The turkeys are processed naturally, without additives, binders and fillers, using only simple ingredients.  And furthermore, they are DECLICOUS! All Eastern Carver County Schools will be serving Ferndale turkey as part of our locally sourced menu on Thursday, November 15th. Click here to watch a video of the turkeys on the... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight: Locally Sourced Turkey

Nutrition Services Spotlight on Julia Zieman

What is your favorite thing about working for Nutrition Services at Eastern Carver County Schools? I look forward to each day knowing adventure awaits and no 2 days are the same!  I am proud to work in a great district for the past 18 years and to be able to support the students. What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you? When I first started in the district, a student came and told each staff member “You’re Fired!” This was a daily occurrence. Then one day, I replied, “O.K. then there won’t be anyone to get your lunch”. He said,  “I could stay this once” What is your favorite thing to cook at home? My favorite thing to cook is something for my family and friends, like a big breakfast.  I also enjoy making jams and baked goods. Then give them away as parting gifts. Who has had the biggest positive impact in your life and why? My grandmother Anita, she shared her cooking and canning skills with me! She rarely measured unless it was a new recipe and she saved... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight on Julia Zieman