The Dish

Food Service Production

Spring 2019

Office of Food Service

450 E Fulton St.

Columbus, Ohio 43215


Joe Brown, Director of Food Service

Robin Chapman, Assistant Director of Food Service

Edith Murphy, Area Supervisor

Brenda Klein, Area Supervisor

Lynn Maistros, Area Supervisor

Liz Solomon, Area Supervisor

Jodena Beale, Food Service Supervisor

Les Hamilton, Food Service Production Center Supervisor

Jeannine Marcum, Dietitian

Chris Weatherholtz, Nutrition/Farm to School Coordinator K-12

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Office of Food Service

Pictured: (Closest to the rail from bottom to top) Jeannine Marcum, Jodena Beale, Lynn Maistros, Liz Solomon, Chris Weatherholtz (Back row from bottom to top) Joe Brown, Brenda Klein, Robin Chapman, Les Hamilton

Not pictured: Edith Murphy, Tee Elder, Roxanne Ritchey, Deb Cunningham, Ann Garren, Julia Ford, and Patti Dow

Nourish to Flourish: Not Just a Motto!

Columbus City Food Service not only believes it takes a village, they act on It! Our motto at FS is "Nourish to Flourish" and our director, supervisors and cafe managers work hard to make sure all 51,000+ children have plenty of nutritious options each day. However, their work doesn't stop there! Below are just some of the other outreach and support services our staff offers and actively support with participation:

  • Taste Testing in Your Classroom: Our dietician, Jeannine Marcum visits schools regularly and will provide taste testing lessons that teach children about nutrition and allows them to have a voice through voting and sharing their ideas
  • Field Trips to the Production Center: Our staff organizes and implements field trips to the Production Center. This month Alpine 1st graders visited the center to learn about where their food comes from and how good nutrition helps to keep them growing and learning strong. To sign up for one of the limited spots for next school year contact Tee Elder:
  • Other Initiatives: Our supervisors, listed above, actively support several school initiatives. One example is Fuel Up to Play 60, FUTP60 is a fitness/nutrition program that motivates students to focus on a healthy lifestyle with diet and fitness education. This program not only brings information to the participating schools but those students and schools that participate receive support, trips and even monetary rewards.
  • Staff is Available to Support Your Events: This year several of our staff were invited to attend or participate in school events. Lynn Maistros recently presented at North Linden ES Career Day. Feel free to reach out to our directors, supervisors, and staff to support your events.

The CCS Composting Super Heroes Save the Planet!

As our garden program continues to grow at CCS, we are starting to explore the science of soil renewal, or the "soil food web of life" that happens when food waste is diverted from landfills and composted into rich growing soil, thereby, decreasing the production of dangerous methane gas. To educate our students and staff about how we can purposefully impact our environment for this generation and future generations, Columbus City Schools Food Service joined forces with our community partner, SWACO, to implement a recycling/composting pilot at 4 CCS locations: Lindbergh Elementary School, Ecole Kenwood French Immersion, Maize Elementary School, and Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls.

These four schools participated in weekly food waste audits, as well as, composting food waste. All four of the locations did an amazing job!! Each site had a student Green Team to lead the charge. The pilot required the schools to do the food sort and audit one day a week. However, some of the schools wanted to try to do the food sort and composting 5 days a week!! And of course, we are learning right along with the students through this pilot opportunity.

As the program progressed, each elementary school had an assembly where the students were granted superhero status and given superhero masks for saving the planet from the evil "Methane Man"!

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Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls

CCPSG students and teachers are sorting and composting every day!

Special Thanks to the Downtown High School Early Childhood Students and Teachers

The composting pilot was a huge undertaking that would have been much more difficult without the volunteer help of our amazing Downtown HS Early Childhood Students and Teachers. They volunteered at Maize ES and Lindbergh ES. They came all 6 weeks of the food waste sort and composting. They were wonderful with the students. The future educators are an awesome example of the good things to come with the next generation of leaders.

The Compost Initiative Was Showcased on 10TV News. Click on the picture below.

New Schools Are Joining the Farm to School Movement and Doing Great!

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Harvest Recipes and Lesson Plans to Use With Your Garden Goodies

Spinach Smoothies


  • 4 cups local spinach
  • 6 bananas
  • 1 bag of frozen strawberries (approx. 10 oz.)
  • 1 bag frozen peaches or blueberries (approx. 10 oz.)
  • 16 oz. container plain yogurt
  • 2 cups milk or apple juice
  • Honey (optional)
  • Ice (if needed)

Click on the icon above for the lesson plan for this recipe.

Baked Kale Chips


  • 1 bunch (about 6 ounces) local kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Rinse and dry the kale, remove the stems and tough center ribs.
  3. Tear or cut into large pieces, toss with olive oil and salt.
  4. Arrange kale in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp.