Download a printable copy of our 8-week menu: October-November
Kirby’s cafeteria serves a freshly prepared, healthy, delicious lunch during all days of the school year. Lunch is served on Monday at 12:15pm and Tuesday through Friday at 11:55am. All students are encouraged to eat lunch, and all students may get a lunch any day, regardless of a meal plan. A full meal includes a plate of food (or sandwich), salad bar & a cup of soup. The a la carte menu items include salad bar, soup and sandwich. A choice of beverage is included with both options.
Students can sign up for a meal plan for the semester (or the entire year) in advance and receive a 10% discount. This is a convenient option, especially for those students who plan to eat a Kirby lunch every day. Student accounts will be billed for any individual meal charges and can be paid monthly.
Executive Chef and Food Program Supervisor
Tracy has been cooking in Santa Cruz businesses for over 23 years. She has created menus and specials. She has worked with mental health and overweight issues, creating menus and meal plans to help balance mood, improve digestion, increase metabolism, boost immunity and rebuild internal organ health. She has worked with families and groups to better their overall health through nutritious eating habits. She has an extensive compilation of personal and professional research into food systems, nutrition, recipes, bio dynamics, sustainability, local/seasonal eating benefits, and how foods and flavors work together throughout the consumption process.
Tracy has spent a lot of personal time hunting and foraging for the most responsible local farms to source her ingredients from. She is dedicated to finding a way through food to keep connected with the region in which we live. Santa Cruz County is a food lover’s paradise. We can source all of our organic vegetables, fruits, meats, and dairy from within 50 miles of the Downtown Clock Tower. We live in a highly prolific area that produces food year round.
Tracy is one of those individuals who want to do what she loves. What she loves is food. She thinks about it, plans around it, reads about it, and talks about it. Food is her reason for being. She wants to eat her ideals and she loves to share.
Working at Kirby gives Tracy the opportunity to work with the next generation of consumers. Kirby kids will be going on to the greater world having had the opportunity through the lunch program to experience new flavors, ethnic cuisines, creative dishes, and exotic vegetables. They will gain a general idea of how tastes complement each other, how to assure complete proteins, satisfying fibers, complimentary starches, and plenty of greens and fresh salads. The greatest explorers are those who are willing to experiment and join the adventure. The students at Kirby have chosen to take the journey together.
Jaynell is passionate about feeding students healthfully and has been a part of the success of the Kirby lunch program for years. She works alongside Tracy in every aspect of Kirby’s Cafe from planning menus to preparing delicious, healthy meals. She has worked with organizations including Gordon Biersch and Whole Foods Market prior to joining the Kirby team.
Teaming with the students, Jaynell and Tracy create menus and dishes that encourage evolving palates. With guessing games such as identify the herbs and the student can choose the menu for a day, they involve students in learning about ingredients. Through theme weeks and special menu days, such as traditional Rosh Hashanah dishes and spooky Halloween buffet, the students are connected to their meals. Nutrition is always important and there is no better time than now for it to be essential knowledge. Jaynell and Tracy make a point of suggesting healthier options and appropriate servings. They are genuinely excited by questions and always available for a conversation about food, nutrition, and menu suggestions!