Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cafe Rio (sort of...)

Once (or twice) a year we have pork roasts donated to the school from a commodity program that helps farmers sell "overages" of products at a good rate. The state gives us the money and we can get whatever we want off of a list of products. We choose pork roasts so that we can make our version of "Cafe Rio Pork Salad". If you have ever been to Cafe Rio, you like it (unless you don't eat meat).

I slow roast the pork all night in the ovens at school (checking on it several times during the night). We also make lime rice, black beans, and a special dressing for the salad. On the salad bar we put lettuce, tomato, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and tortilla strips. When it is all said and done the salad looks like the original that is served at Cafe Rio! I even found the same metal bowls that they use at the restaurant. It is a big meal that takes a ton of time and work but it is all worth it when the kids run up and tell Lyndie (she cooks and serves the food) that they love her and her food. Also the emails thanking us from the teachers is amazing. It is nice once a year to know that they love their lunches.

In the picture above we have 300 tortillas ready to be filled with rice, beans, and pork for the lunches.

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