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Pasta Bar, Sushi Coming to Norwalk Schools

NORWALK, Conn. – Some students in Norwalk will get to make custom pasta bowls for lunch and all kids will get to choose sushi wraps some days this school year.

Nori sushi wraps – which include cooked meat, vegetables and rice in a seaweed wrap – will be offered regularly, but not every day. The sushi wraps were tried out this year at Norwalk High, Ponus Ridge Middle and Naramake and got “rave reviews,” says Whitson’s Culinary Group , which prepares the menu for Norwalk schools.

School board members reacted positively to the new options, "My mouth is watering reading this," said Heidi Keyes.

High school and middle school students will have an “Elbow Room”, which is a pasta bar where students can make custom bowls. "It's upscale mac and cheese," said Holly VonSeggerum, Whitson's director of marketing.

Students will have a choice of whole-wheat elbow macaroni, spiral pasta and penne pasta. Cheese choices will include American, cheddar, mozzarella, Parmesan, Swiss, feta.

For protein, ground beef, chicken, ham, bacon, Italian sausage and hot dog toppings will be available. Students can also top the pastas with an assortment of vegetables.

Parent and students can monitor school food nutrition and allergens. On the Nutri Cafe and Meal Calculator websites, you can view the nutritional and allergen content of each meal. Whitson’s is also creating an iPhone application for students and parents to check nutritional information.

Whitson's new contract may be finalized at the next board meeting.

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