“I feel like the menu is a little more of a ‘let’s take a look at the menu’ type of thing,” she says.
“I’m definitely a little happier with the whole menu.”
The menu also includes a few new items, including “a little bit” of everything, including a few fresh-baked rolls with crispy bacon, fried potatoes, and a grilled onion soup, a vegan and gluten-free version of the “gourmet” roll, and some new appetizers like the grilled chicken and pork belly.
The menu is being updated as part of a new initiative that was started in the spring to promote healthier eating habits.
It will include a new focus on vegetarian dishes, which are more likely to appeal to vegans.
“We’re trying to bring more to the table,” Ladd says.
The initiative is part of an effort to boost the visibility of plant-based food and its health benefits.
Ladd, a former teacher who worked as a dietitian for nearly 20 years, also launched the Healthy Lifestyle Kitchen in March 2016.
Since then, she’s created several menus for her community, including one that has been a favorite among students at East High School.
“It’s really important that we know what we’re eating and where we’re getting it from, and that’s really what this is about,” she explains.
“The food is what really makes a difference.
And that’s what this whole campaign is about.”