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Students Learn Business of Food at School

Many high school students at San Dieguito Academy in San Diego, Calif., weren’t so keen on lunch in the cafeteria – that is until their peers started making it. At Mosaic, the school cafe, students buy ingredients, develop menus, cook and sell panini and other from-scratch foods in a self-supporting business. Sometimes the staff even offers up live lunchtime entertainment.

“I feel better eating a fresh panini than a pizza that’s been sitting under a heat lamp for several hours,” Sonja Gerber, a senior at the school and frequent Mosaic customer, told reporter Linda McIntosh of the Union-Times.

San Deguita Academy senior Rachel Murphy preparing paninis at the Mosaic Cafe at the San Diego, Calif., school where she's a business management student. (Photo by CRISSY PASCUAL, San Diego Union-Tribune)

Senior Rachel Murphy prepares panini at the Mosaic Cafe at the San Dieguito Academy in San Diego, Calif., where she's a business management student. (Photo by CRISSY PASCUAL, San Diego Union-Tribune)

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