The Episcopal School in North Philadelphia


After months of construction and preparation, the new Di Bruno Brothers Neighborhood Kitchen at St. James School is now serving food.

Chef-AnthonyOn October 14, new school chef Chef Deborah Anthony prepared the school’s first hot, healthy, home cooked lunch which included baked ziti, roasted red peppers, fresh fruit and salad.

With the renovated kitchen ready for use, for the first time St. James School is able to cook and prepare food from scratch on site. The school did not have the equipment or space to do so since beginning the journey to establish a full middle school in 2009. Staff have had to rely mostly on frozen meals and a warming oven to feed its growing and hungry students. Thanks to the support of Di Bruno Bros., the Vetri Foundation and Nutritional Development Services school lunch program, and many others, St. James School is now outfitted with a full service kitchen.

Chef Anthony collaborates with the Vetri Foundation for Children to plan a tasty, exciting, healthy menu for lunch, including flavorful favorites like jerk chicken, roasted turkey, fish tacos, and delicious sides.

JosiahThe new food is a big hit with students and staff alike. Another important change at lunch time is that adults and students eat together at round tables to better foster community. And later this fall, the school will officially implement the Eatiquette program with the Vetri Foundation, which seeks to build community at meal times and teach students about healthy eating.

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