|Raa Middle School cafeteria, Tallahassee, Florida, 1960 (Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory)|
We continue our back-to-school serious today building on a comment from Gary who is one of our readers. Gary’s son, who attended the University of Rochester, once introduced him to what they call in that part of the country a "Garbage Plate." Gary goes on to say, “as I recall, it’s the makings of a perfectly good hamburger plate with fries and macaroni salad, sadly mishandled to the point that it’s all messed up on the plate. No points for presentation here" but it's delicious. What is interesting is how children respond when the food doesn't look good. It seems that when you get older, particularly college years, your focus turns to inexpensive and taste good. A word to the wise for those preparing food for younger children, make it look good as well as taste good, and you will have a hit!
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