If you're looking for a chef who reinvented school food service to bring sustainable, healthy, plant-based, locally-sourced, made from scratch meals to students of the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and founded an award-winning restaurant and music venue, look no further. You've found who you're looking for. Chef Nancy Weiss.
In a district of over 15,000 children, she restructured kitchens and retrained over a hundred employees to develop a program dedicated to bringing healthy and delicious food to all, even over summer vacation, so students know they will always have a fresh, wholesome meal prepared and waiting for them.
In an effort to be as environmentally friendly as possible, vegan dishes are included amongst those healthy and delicious meals. Kid-friendly menu ideas were introduced quietly, and the students, quite literally, ate them up. Now, half the meals at Santa Barbara Unified schools are vegan.
Some further evidence of Nancy's outstanding work and dedication to her community: 2018 Santa Barbara Independent Local Hero Award, The Spirit of Service Award (from the City of Santa Barbara for commitment to composting and sustainability), The Golden Carrot Award (from the physicians committee for responsible medicine) and The 2017 Congressional Woman of the Year Award.
For more information and to contact Nancy Weiss, please visit chefnancyweiss.com.
Nancy Weiss is great. Jeff Bridges knows.