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Curbside Cuisine cruises into Winchester school

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It is 5 p.m. on a weekday. Work is done, school is out, but the evening activities for the children are just beginning. The biggest question on your mind — what’s for dinner?

Once a month, Sacred Heart Academy in Winchester has the solution, and you don’t even have to leave your car.

Curbside Cuisine, in its second month, provides affordable meals cooked by school chef and parishioner Erin Keller. This month, a family of four could eat gumbo with rice, homemade cornbread muffins and oatmeal cookies for $27. The food is hot and packaged family style. Keller said the monthly menu choices are meals that are portable and can be reheated.

Families place an order for the number of servings they want; pick a time between 5-7 p.m. to pick up the food; and then pull into the designated pick up area in front of the school. Confirmation candidates earn service hours while running out to the cars, asking for the name and number of servings ordered, then relaying it back to the kitchen. A corresponding list of orders in the kitchen is checked and the order is filled. The students bring out the bags and the next car takes its place.

Principal Susan Parks Netko did something similar at her previous position in Raleigh, N.C., and wanted to bring it to Sacred Heart Academy. “We have had a very positive response,” she said. “Parents love the food. We are hoping to have menus in place next year so parents know ahead of time when they place an order.”

Joey Solosky, director of advancement for marketing and enrollment at Sacred Heart Academy, said the funds raised have not been designated for anything specific but will go into development funds.

The positive response from parishioners and parents translates to repeat customers.

“We tried it last month and it was good food,” said parishioner Denis Doherty. “It’s something to help the school.”  

The next Curbside Cuisine is being offered Feb. 21. 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018