Virginia Film Festival: Cafeteriaman

Posted on November 5, 2011 by


Chef Tony Geraci was on a mission: to reform Baltimore’s school cafeterias. After multiple humps in the road and many frustrations the result was a groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind program that provided Baltimore city students not only with healthy and nutritious meals but also  a student operated garden and locally grown food.

The panel discussion was made up of director Richard Chisolm, chef Tony Geraci, Charlottesville City School Board member Guian Mckee, Local Food Hub representative Lisa Reeder and Brown College Student Council representative Brittany Saunders. The majority of the audience was comprised of middle school and high school students all active to hear more about how this initiative was accomplished. When asked how this whole initiative began and how it went from just an idea to a full fledged program that got past the politics and bureaucracy that typically surround large school systems, Director Chisolm shared, “Every community has to find the catalyst that fits them, whether its a principle, students, a study, a union or a food organization.” Having a success story to share like this one is a great catalyst in working towards better school lunches and hopefully this documentary will assist in motivating more communities to move in a similar direction.

Chef Tony Geraci in panel discussion