Dining Services

The Meatless Monday Movement

Basket of PeppersIf you’ve taken a look at the most recent lunch menu, you may notice that Ridgefield Academy has joined the many schools across the country, both independent and public, in serving up Meatless Mondays.

Chef Paul has created some absolutely delicious meatless dishes and we know students, faculty and staff will agree that the tasty options (consider Southwest roasted pumpkin and black bean cheese quesadillas) are sure to please even the most carnivorous individuals. He tells us: “Planning a meatless meal once a week is a no-brainer for the vegetarians in our community. Once I learned about Meatless Mondays (especially regarding the carbon footprint), it was very easy to adopt this movement as part of our food program. Also, since we recently added locally raised beef to our menu, Meatless Mondays will help defer some of that cost.”

As the food staff at RA, we make all meals from scratch, partake in full animal butchery/meat grinding, make all our own condiments, and trim giant bins of green beans! It is truly a craft; I'm proud to serve our students and staff food grown and raised by people in our immediate and surrounding communities.

RA's Farm-To-School Initiative

Students Eating Lunch for Meatless MondayEach month, Ridgefield Academy’s strives to provide a menu that is local; in fact, on a regular basis, 15%-25% of items served are grown or raised within a 40-mile range from the campus on West Mountain Rd, often the percentage is even higher.

This fall, RA joined the CT Departments of Education Agriculture’s annual “CT Grown” fall initiative to obtain as much locally-produced food as possible for the first week in October to celebrate farmers and support local economy.