Sidwell Friends School, Washington, D.C.
Although it's been around since 1883, the private Sidwell Friends School entered the public consciousness in November 2008, with the election of President Barack Obama. When the Obamas announced their two daughters would attend Sidwell Friends, the world got a look inside the school.
The cafeteria at Sidwell Friends emphasizes local vendors, as well as organic and fair-trade ingredients. It strives for a seasonable approach to meal planning to ensure the freshest ingredients are always available. Food waste becomes compost, which is then used to fertilize school gardens.
The school's list of lunches and snacks reads like a gourmet menu compared to the food in other American schools. Students look forward to dishes like Jamaican jerk chicken wings, plantains, strawberry and arugula salad, veggie chili, basmati rice and tandoori nan. Fresh fruit and salads are also available each day. Vegetarian and gluten-free choices are also offered on a regular basis.