CBS Sunday Morning profiled school lunches at two public schools in France this past Sunday, and the results are somewhat mouth-watering. Lunches include five courses and such sophisticated fare as bouillabaisse and a daily cheese selection. Jealous? When I think back to my school lunches, I remember dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, Choco Tacos and my field trip favorite: cold pizza. Did I learn any grand food lessons in those years besides a taste for fried food and other so-called kid cuisine? Should I have been tasting remoulade and escargot?
Regardless of the sophistication of the food, it is clear that French cafeterias exhibit food standards most American schools don't. Can you imagine your school cafeteria sanitizing every container coming into their facility? Watch the video and see if you don't agree that a lunch break in one of their cafeterias could be an improvement to your own lunch. They even serve fried broccoli!