The speed at which things move, in the Food Service Director world, is beyond what I could even imagine! It's exciting, fun, and exhausting all at the same time. I find it difficult to describe actually, because although each day is extremely fast-paced - going from one meeting, e-mail, or situation to the next - the change I'd like to see are happening very slow. It's a paradox of sorts.
The challenges are many and my time is very limited. But I don't want to lose the optimism that I started this job with. I believe in my heart that school food can be exciting, appealing, healthy and delicious each day.
I was advised by a mentor to focus on and achieve small wins in my first year here as Director of Food Service for Amherst-Pelham Schools. I think we've already had a number of these wins so far, and I'd to share some of them to document what's been happening so far in the new ARPS Food Services:
This is only the tip of the iceberg, as we already have added many new recipes to our menus each month. We now have weekly taste-tests happening in our cafeterias; on Mondays Chef Sam will be at Amherst Regional Middle School, and on Tuesdays he'll be working at Amherst Regional High School!
The best is definitely still to come, and it's important to celebrate the small wins as well as the big ones. Over time, these small successes can really add up, and I'm confident that we'll one day be looking back and realizing how far we've truly come! Stay tuned for more updates soon. Onwards. -RH
Director of Food Service for Amherst, Pelham, and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District. We'll be posting updates to the program as we go along!.