Welcome to the Apple Annie’s Catering Lunch Program, proudly serving the entire NFA community since 2008. Apple Annie’s has been a full-service catering firm in the Philadelphia area for over 27 years. We strongly adhere to the principles of quality, freshness, and customer satisfaction. When we started, our goal was to provide the children of NFA the same service and quality as we would a wedding reception or board meeting. We are not a corporate food service. Annie is always on-site, ensuring quality and friendly service.
The lunch program attempts to balance food choices that are both nutritional and appetizing to children of all age groups. This is a delicate task, for as you know, children are selective, and often critical of the foods that are best for them. Hungry kids are not as receptive to the wonderful educational environment provided at NFA. The balance lies in providing nutritious meals that will be eaten, not thrown away. Our kitchen does not deep-fry foods. The beverages available are 1% and flavored fat-free milks, or spring water. We use fresh products rather than canned, processed, or frozen, whenever possible. Fresh fruit is available daily, and fresh vegetables are often served as side dishes. In addition to the entrée of the day, nine options are available on a daily basis. We offer vegetarian options daily, and serve sweet treats on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our kitchen is peanut-free, and children with special dietary needs are served on an individual basis to the best of our abilities. The children in grades 1 to 8 are permitted to come up for seconds, which is very unique in the world of school lunch programs.
The purveyors and products we use are local whenever possible. Balford Farms hormone-free dairy products, Conshohocken and Baker Street Bakeries, and Mario’s Market Square Pizzeria are all used weekly in our menu selections. We use local, high quality fresh deli meats, and in season local produce. Ingredients such as Keller’s Butter, Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise, and Heinz Ketchup are all we use. There are many high-end restaurants that do not use the quality products featured at NFA.
Apple Annie’s is a green company that takes pride in recycling, and attempting to leave the smallest footprint possible. We are actively involved in the Treasuring the Earth Team at NFA, and have been composting since the start of the lunch program. All unused food products are donated to a local homeless shelter.
We welcome all questions, comments, and requests. Please contact Vince and Annie Bercaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 215-247-3811, ext. 266.