OVSD announces grand opening of new Central Kitchen on December 17, 2019

The Ocean View School District will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17, for its new 13,000 square foot Central Kitchen located at 8291 Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach. The event will feature local dignitaries, a ribbon-cutting, tours and food sampling.

The new Central Kitchen provides the District the ability to produce fresh and healthy food from scratch, on-site; rather than relying on vendors to deliver pre-packaged product. Complete meal preparation and cooking for high quality breakfast and lunch items will take place in the kitchen with fresh fruits, vegetables, soups, sauces and dressings, bakery items, new entrées and more.

An exciting feature of the kitchen are two new Blast Chillers. Food service staff can package freshly cooked products and then “flash-freeze” them in the Blast Chillers. This process locks in the flavor, taste and quality of each item without the need for preservatives.The kitchen will also include a programmable Combi Oven, 30-gallon tilt skillet, 60-gallon kettle, several hi-tech packaging machines, convection ovens and an intuitive, touch-screen hood ventilation system.In addition, a massive loading dock can accommodate up to three full-size semi-trucks to deliver product directly through a large, automated sliding door.

“We are delighted to support the health and well-being of our students through fresh and healthy meals produced in our new, state-of-the-art Central Kitchen. Healthy eating is the foundation to proper nutrition and well-nourished students have higher test scores, increased school attendance, and improved concentration,”said Dr. Carol Hansen, Superintendent.

This article was released by the Ocean View School District.