Celebrate the Planet. All Day Two-Day Festival.
10AM - 6PM | Fair Park | Free Admission
What does it take to reform school food programs and provide healthful, tasty meals to our nation’s kids? Cafeteria Man takes a candid look at chef Tony Geraci’s ambitious efforts to kick-start school food reform in Baltimore’s public schools, a large urban district that serves 83,000 students. Responding to student protests about the terrible food being served, Baltimore hired Geraci as Food and Nutrition Director of the city’s schools. Chef Geraci hatched a sweeping, multi-faceted plan to transform not just what students eat, but their whole relationship to food. His bold plan included: totally revamping the menu to feed students healthy meals made with locally sourced foods; teaching nutritional awareness; involving students in cooking and designing menus; creating school vegetable gardens; establishing a 33 acre teaching farm; and offering training and vocational opportunities in food.
Cafeteria Man follows Geraci for two years as he partners with a dedicated group of supporters to overhaul Baltimore's long-established, dysfunctional food program. The film is an inspiring example of the possibilities, as well as a realistic view of what it takes to successfully transform school food -- a sustained effort by a broad coalition of parents, students, teachers, administrators and local farmers. The film includes appearances by food author Michael Pollan, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass.