From a distance you can always hear students in the lunch room say “Ick, this lunch is nasty.” Four out of five kids stated that they think school lunch is not very appetizing. However, do you think students could taste the difference of a school lunch menu item and a similar store bought item in a blindfold test? Two students were taken aside and were given a grilled cheese made from Fort Morgan’s local Dairy Queen Restaurant and a grilled cheese made from the high school cafeteria.
Five out of the five cafeteria cooks agreed that most of the kids that think school lunch isn’t too mouth watering because of the reputation that students have already put on it. However, Verline Mann, a cook at FMHS, added that sometimes, very rarely, do kids actually say they enjoy eating school lunch. “Andrea Gill loves out school lunch,” exclaimed Gail Windsheimer, another cook at FMHS! Now whether they are just ashamed to admit that it doesn’t that horrible or they really do think it is sickening would be hard to prove, but we can get some idea through the blindfold test.
When interviewed, Alicia Harman, a junior, had a lot to say about our school lunch. Although she rarely eats the school lunch, when she does its only the very few dishes that she enjoys. “I hardly ever eat school lunch because I only like a couple dishes.” She also added, “It’s gross and it looks like fake food.” Over hearing the conversation, Madison Northrup also added that she thinks the food isn’t too tasty either. Another question asked was “Do you really think the food tastes bad or do you think it’s just the reputation students put on it?” Harman replied, “Both, because sometimes the food really is nasty while others just don’t eat it because other people don’t like it.”
School Lunch Menu for Friday February 19th:
Toasted Cheese Sandwich
Emily Goggins was more than happy to volunteer her lunch time to participate in the experiment. A grilled cheese sandwich was purchased from Dairy Queen and put beside grilled cheese made by the school. Windshiemer was more than happy to help with the experiment. She helped feed each sandwich to Goggins so she couldn’t feel the texture of each sandwich and realize which was which.
Sandwich A was made by the School. Goggins made some comments on the taste.
“There is a little too much butter on the bread. It has a good amount of cheese in it and the bread is perfectly toasted. Overall it’s a pretty good grilled cheese sandwich!”
Sandwich B was made by Dairy Queen. Goggins had quite a bit to say about this one.
“Aghh! It’s really chewy and tough. It doesn’t taste like bread and there is an overload on cheese. I don’t know if I like this one.”
Then Goggins was asked which sandwich she would prefer to eat and she said definitely sandwich A! However, the real question is whether it was good in general. “I love these grilled cheese sandwiches,” Goggins stated. So is all school food really that bad? I, along with Emily and the Cooks, would have to disagree.