Free School Meals
Applying for Free School meals is through an on-line system via the Milton Keynes Council website. Please click on the link below for further details:
Unlike most caterers, Cucina takes a hands on approach to ensure there is something on the menu for everyone. As educators we all want students to eat better, and yet dining choices are very rarely influenced by overt health messages, or tables groaning with crunchy vegetables. Our Executive Chefs not only run a three week menu cycle (see back page for an example of our previous menus) to ensure no day is ever the same, but also run cooking classes and foodie groups where students can have their say and various competitions throughout the year to engage and interest students, staff...and even parents! Cucina is jam packed with real foodies. Our belief is to bring restaurant-quality food into education. We don’t operate cateens, food halls or cafeterias; our outlets are all proper restaurants, with everything implied by that. Each of our sites has its own trained chef and all Cucina meals are cooked from ‘scratch’ starting with fresh ingredients...many of which are locally sourced.
Theme Days with Cucina never fail to interest all our students and staff and make lunch times fun. With two special themed days per month, the restaurant teams always go above and beyond to mix up their menus for a day and present a varied choice for everyone to try new flavours and dishes. Look out for our teams in fancy dress, the sillier the better. All of our theme days are in keeping with popular events and days throughout the year and these will always be advertised in advance of the change of menu so students, staff & parents are aware. There will be a Theme Day Planner displayed around your school to make sure you know what’s coming up next. We like to keep things fresh and we recognise that a big part of our job is to keep you coming back to your restaurant every single day - not just because you are hungry but because there is an ever changing range of fresh exciting food made just for you.
DID YOU KNOW WE DO TAKE AWAY TOO?
Cucina offers much more than school dinners! With lots of offers available throughout the day, we also provide food to take away too! Pizzas are popular and these can be made exactly how you like them to take away. Orders must be placed with your school chef on a morning and will be ready at the end of the day. We also offer a take home service on all of our main meals; you can choose any two portions from our hot selection to save time making healthy delicious meals on an evening. Have a look at our menus to see which dishes we offer, from Chinese dishes to Mexican Chilli Con Carne, there is a wide variety of choice to suit all appetities.
Look out for our fantastic meal deals on offer every lunchtime. One of our most popular is our Chef special main meal and any small pudding for £2.30. We also offer various reward cards which entitle students to free fruit pots should they dine with us every day. Coffee and hot chocolate is also very popular and we offer a reward card to all students, just as you would see in coffee shops on the high street, buy 6 hot drinks and receive the 7th for FREE.
Cashless School Meals System
Cashless catering is a computerised system where no cash payments are made at the till in the Café. Spending will be recorded in the student's account by the use of a swipe-card. When a swipe card is used, the software allows recognition of each individual student, holds individual cash balances, records cash spent and cash-received, records where money is spent, on what food, on any specific date and time of day.
What is cashless catering?
What to do if your child has no money on his/her card If a student has no money in their cashless catering account, a meal will be provided that day on production of a blue temporary catering card. Students need to request temporary cards from Student Services at break time in order that they can obtain a meal at lunchtime. Students will be given a note to take home to their parents to inform them that a meal has been provided for their child.
The value of the meal plus any money required for subsequent days must be paid by the next day as it will not be possible to issue further temporary cards until the account is back in credit.
07.45 - 08.30 Breakfast Club
10.30 - 10.50 Break
12.50 - 13.30 Lunch
15.00 - 15.30 Snacks available
The Venue bar is open all day for Post 16 students and staff