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Allyn Rosenbaum

Farm to School Coordinator, Lunch Lady
arosenbaum@newrootsschool.org
607-882-9220 ext. 206

Allyn was born and raised in Ithaca, NY. Having a teacher for a Mom meant spending lots of time in schools, including at the ever-important fund raising event, the spaghetti dinner. It was at these dinners that Allyn got her first taste of cooking in volume, and the towering piles of spaghetti and vats of tomato sauce started her on a journey that eventually led to New Roots. Allyn is the product of alternative education, having attended East Hill Elementary School, New Junior High Program, and then the Alternative Community School (which later became LACS). She had plenty of opportunities for spaghetti dinners and bake sales, both of which honed her quantity cooking skills.

Allyn's love of growing, cooking, and eating food started early, in the family garden and kitchen, where she spent the spring planting and the fall canning her food. Allyn started working in restaurants early on and has cooked in some of Ithaca's finest: Cabbagetown Café, Café des Amis, The Nines, The Chariot, and Abby's Restaurant. Working for The Portable Feast as a caterer developed her taste for quantity cooking into a profession. Allyn then moved to Gainesville, Florida to work for the Florida School of Massage, setting up and maintaining the kitchen garden and cafeteria for the staff and students of the massage school. She eventually returned to Ithaca to provide nourishment for the Finger Lakes School of Massage through her own catering company, Celebrations Custom Catering. Prior to coming to New Roots, Allyn worked at GreenStar Cooperative Market for 14 years as the Deli Manager, creating a wide variety of dishes concentrating on sustainable, seasonal local food.

Allyn is delighted to have the opportunity to combine so many of her passions in her new role as Farm to School Coordinator (a.k.a. "the lunch lady") at New Roots.