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Our food

We are deeply committed to providing kids with the highest quality meals and snacks. We have partnered with a wonderful provider to bring kids only the best foods, with the best of intentions.

Here is what our provider, Gourmet Gorilla, has to say about their meals:

To strive for a sustainable future for our children by providing local and organic school lunches and healthier eating options. We are committed to working with community partners to provide solid nutrition for all children in order to help them learn and grow. Collaborating within regional food systems around the Chicago food shed Gourmet Gorilla works with food hubs, rural farmers, urban agriculturalists, dieticians, nutritionists, talented chefs, and organic food manufacturers, we are able to provide quality ingredients as well as connections and partnerships to educational resources on healthy food curriculum, the value of fresh sustainable and organic food, garden projects, and ecological awareness. Bring Gourmet Gorilla to Your School.


The Environment

Our kitchen is working towards becoming a zero waste kitchen, with a composting program, recycling program, and delivery via environmentally responsible vehicles. Schools that switch to us not only obtain better nutrition and safer food, but also help the local economy, promote food security, and encourage environmental responsibility.


Our Philosophy

Gourmet Gorilla™ provides healthy local and organic food for kids, with an emphasis on foods that are familiar to children, while occasionally pushing the envelope of taste and food experience. Our menus are as much a learning and educational experience as they are a healthy eating option. Gourmet Gorilla™ recipes are designed to meet and exceed the USDA, Illinois Board of Education and City of Chicago Board of Education meal requirements. All our meals are kid tested!

Our Ingredients

Gourmet Gorilla strives to obtain 70% of its ingredients from local, sustainable, and organic purveyors.  Our meats are free range, grass fed and all natural, and have not been subjected to artificial growth hormones and antibiotics, or artificial preservatives; Gourmet Gorilla avoids GMO where possible and is a peanut and tree nut free facility.