Coming in December to AAPS Food Service: ‘Spice it Up!’

Greetings from Ann Arbor Public Schools Food Service!

December’s theme is “Spice it Up!” and we’ll be featuring ethnic foods and spices from around the world.

At lunchtime on Dec. 14, we’ll host a Discovery Kitchen event, serving Dry Rubbed Wings at Scarlet Middle School featuring five types of sauces from across the globe.

“As we move forward into 2023, I will be scheduling two different Discovery Kitchen events per month that will be held at two different locations on the same day,” says Mike Devries, an assistant director for dining at Chartwells. “We will make our way to each building by the end of the school year.”

“We also decided to visit one school per week next semester so we can get to every building by the end of the year with at least one Discovery Kitchen event.”

The themes are as follows:

January: Great American Road Trip

February: Smart Snacking

March: Plant Power

April: Waste Warrior

May/June: Summer Fun

Also as promised, Chartwells will hold a gingerbread house contest for the month of December. Each school’s food service team will be provided with materials to build a single gingerbread house beginning the week of Dec. 5. Then each school will have about a week to construct and display the house somewhere your team and students can admire. Judging will take place on December 20th and 21st. The top three winning teams will be announced on Dec 22nd. Prizes will be awarded.

Helpful AAPS Food Service links:


Payment Portal Link

Free & Reduced Meal Applications

Nutrition Education

Welcome to the Chartwells Food Service Department for AAPS

Special Diet Form

“Seawood?” Green onions?” Chartwells Assistant Manager¬†of Dining Mike Devries is pictured on Student Choice Day in November as Forsythe students try Ramen Bowls with seaweed and other nutritious toppings.

Discovery Kitchen at Slauson Middle School introduced kids to mac & cheese with a surprise ingredient.

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