AC Food Featured at PACK Coffee Connection

Posted on January 18th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

What words or images go through your head when you think about school lunches? How about “healthy” and “sustainable?”

At Allendale Columbia, it may start with providing healthy, sustainable, fresh, tasty, and allergy-safe sustenance, Food Service Director, Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch related at Wednesday’s Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK) Coffee Connection. But healthy and sustainable goes beyond the food. Laura and her team also seek to contribute to students’ overall well-being and develop practices that will sustain students into their adult lives. (more…)

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PACK Coffee Connection Jan. 16th, 8-9 a.m.

Posted on January 9th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

PACK Coffee Connection Features AC Food Program

Join us Wednesday, January 16th, 2019, for PACK’s monthly Coffee Connection. This month we will be highlighting the AC Food Program and their nutritious and environmentally-responsible values. Come meet with Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch and learn about our local, nut-free, family-style lunches and how the AC kitchen is committed to protecting our environment through our “healthy + sustainable” philosophy. All parents, host parents, grandparents, and guardians are welcome to attend. Tasty treats and coffee will be served.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
Dining Commons
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Treats and coffee
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Presentation

No need to RSVP! We look forward to seeing you there! 


Coffee Connection is the monthly parent social for all AC parents, host parents, and guardians. It’s organized by the volunteer group, Parents of Allendale Columbia Kids (PACK). If you have any questions or want to get more involved with PACK, please email the PACK President, Kristin Rorapaugh, at

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Fearless Friday: Mediterranean Flavored Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Posted on October 5th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

If you’re looking for a healthy, protein-rich vegan entree, side dish, or tasty snack, you’ll want to try today’s Fearless Friday treat, Mediterranean Flavored Roasted Garbanzo Beans. Super Chef Yessy Roman fixed up the bean dish for noted vegetable-resistant Food Service Director Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch to try along with four student volunteers and Evan Dumee, our new Physical Education teacher, at Lower School Lunch. It received a thumbs-up from all six taste-testers!

Recipe: Mediterranean Flavored Roasted Garbanzo Beans


  • 2 15.5-ounce cans of garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbs sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs garam masala
  • 1 Tbs onion powder
  • 1 Tbs garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbs curry powder
  • 1/2 Tbs turmeric
  • 1 Tbs paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground peppercorns
  • 1 Tbs cumin


  • Rinse beans and let dry.
  • Mix all ingredients and spread onto a sheet pan.
  • Roast in oven middle rack at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or 5 minutes more if you want it more dry.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
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AC Lunch Survey – The results are in! Part 1

Posted on June 2nd, 2013 by Tony Tepedino

Guest post by Allendale Columbia School, Food Service Manager, Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch. Make sure to follow @aclunchladies on Twitter!

A few weeks ago, students from all divisions and faculty/staff were invited to express their opinion on a variety of topics about our school lunch program.  We asked for favorite lunches, soups, vegetarian options, salad bar items, and desserts.  We also asked for new ideas and any items that they would prefer to never have again.

The response was overwhelming, and we received lots of great information and ideas.  We will be using the results in menu planning for next year.  Popular meals will be served more often and entrees will occasionally differ by division to accommodate the preferences of different age groups.  We will decrease the frequency of less popular meals, move them from the main entrée to an AC special, or in some cases, remove them completely.  We will also begin to incorporate many of the great new ideas into the menu.

Some results were not so surprising.  The students really like pizza, cookies, and ice cream!  Some results were more interesting, for example, two of the Upper School’s top rated entrees were on the Lower School’s list of what they would like us to never serve again!  Look for more survey results in Part 2.

Favorite Soup
Upper School

  1. Red pepper Gouda
  2. Italian wedding
  3. Chicken noodle

Middle School

  1. Italian wedding
  2. Chicken noodle
  3. Tomato

Lower School

  1. Chicken noodle
  2. Italian wedding
  3. Tomato

Favorite Vegetarian Entrée
Upper School

  1. Eggroll
  2. Black bean burger/ Cheese pizza
  3. Vegetarian Panini/ Black bean couscous salad

Middle School

  1. Pizza
  2. Eggroll
  3. Panini/ Portabella mushroom/ Veggie skillet

Lower School

  1. Pizza
  2. Pasta
  3. Refried beans

Favorite Salad Bar Item
Upper School

  1. Salad/spring mix
  2. Yogurt
  3. Granola
  4. Chinese noodles

Middle School

  1. Yogurt
  2. Strawberries
  3. Granola

Lower School

  1. Salad
  2. Strawberries
  3. Oranges/ Grapes
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