Nutrition at Birch Wathen Lenox School


Birch Wathen Lenox School has partnered with Cater to You as the dining services provider to create daily meals that focus on optimal nutritional impact. Offerings consist of a wide variety of protein sources (both animal and plant based), whole grains, legumes, dairy, healthy fats, and the freshest fruits and vegetables. 

Menus are designed monthly to reflect seasonal availability, holidays, and the special dietary needs of the Birch Wathen Lenox School community. The culinary team is led by our Chef Manager.  

Cater to You takes careful measures not to prepare or serve meals that contain peanuts or tree nuts. Extensive allergy awareness training through third-party certifiers AllerTrain™ and ServSafe has been completed by all Chef Managers and Sous Chefs. In addition, all other CtY team members serving the Birch Wathen Lenox School community receive annual allergy awareness instruction as part of CtY’s Back-to-School training programming.

 Lunch Service Includes:

  • 2 soups of the day; one chicken soup and one vegetarian soup

  • Featured daily meat entrée

  • Featured daily vegetarian entrée

  • Side dish of whole grain, legume, or starch

  • Seasonal vegetable side dish

  • Assorted fresh fruit options: bananas, New York state apples, oranges, and pears

  • A special dessert is offered twice a week; Chloe's Fruit Pop one day and a homemade dessert one day

  • Local milk delivered from Battenkill Creamery, Salem, NY

  • Beverage options also include: freshly prepared in-house flavored water using the infusion of seasonal fruits or vegetables, New York state apple cider or chilled filtered water.

Our Salad Bar Program

Students and staff also have the option of creating their own salad from a selection of fresh seasonal offerings, which include: 

  • Greens: This may include Romaine, Boston, Greenleaf, Redleaf, Baby Spinach, Kale, Arugula, Mesclun, or Watercress. (On occasion, the salad greens will be substituted for a pre-made salad such as: Caesar Salad, Cobb Salad, Greek Salad, Chopped Salad, or a Citrus Ginger Salad).

  • Legumes: Garbanzo, Black, Navy and Kidney Beans

  • Plant and Animal Proteins: Hard-Boiled Eggs, Grilled Chicken Breast, Roasted Turkey Breast, Ham, Turkey, Salami, and various Grilled Tofus (Plain, BBQ, Teriyaki, or Buffalo)

  • Freshly sliced vegetables: Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Carrots, Cucumbers, Cauliflower, Corn, Tomato, Beets, Mushrooms, Brussels Sprouts, Shredded Cabbage, and more

  • Cheeses: Cottage Cheese, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, Cheddar, Muenster, American, Provolone, and Swiss Cheese

  • Additional specialty toppings: Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Pita Chips, Croutons, Olives, and more

  • Housemade salad dressings: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Apple Cider Vinaigrette, CtY Chef’s Specialty Dressing

  • A Composed Protein Salad

  • A Composed Vegetable Salad

  • A Composed Whole Grain or Pasta Salad 

Our Deli Bar Program

Students and staff may also grab a premade sandwich or wrap or prepare their own from a selection of breads and toppings that include: 

  • Sliced Whole Wheat and White Breads

  • A rotating variety of deli meat selections: Applegate Turkey and Ham, Grilled Chicken

  • A rotating selection of Egg Salad or Tuna Salad

  • Lettuce and Tomato

  • Various roasted vegetables

  • Sliced Cheeses: Cheddar, Swiss, Muenster and Provolone

  • Fresh Pickles

  • Gluten-free Breads available upon request

  • Sunbutter (a spread made with sunflower seeds that is peanut- and nut-free

  • Jelly, Butter, Cream Cheese

Our Snack Program

Cater to You procures both organic and all-natural snacks that contain minimal ingredients and never contain high fructose corn syrup, food coloring, carrageenan, or other offensive additives.