Our Program


  • Introduction
  • Our Service
  • Nutrition
  • Our Story
  • Mission Statement & Core Values
With over 20 years of service, The LunchMaster is the pioneer in preparing and distributing meals to schools in the Bay Area. In addition to the headquarters based in San Carlos, the company has two other satellite locations in Central Valley areas. The LunchMaster offers convenience, flexibility, and peace of mind for parents. At the click of a button, parents can select tasty and balanced breakfast, lunches and afterschool meal options. We do the rest–After ordering, meals are freshly made then delivered directly to schools. Each meal is carefully designed by a registered dietitian and handcrafted by caring staff in the company’s state of the art kitchen. The LunchMaster’s mission is to provide students, school faculty and staff with fresh, delicious, nutritious and affordable meals every day of the school year.

As a parent, you’re naturally concerned about what your child eats every day. But you may not always find time, or are simply not sure, how to prepare a balanced healthy lunch every day of the school week. No worries LunchMaster is here to do the job for you!

We offer 16 healthy choices a day, including vegetarian & gluten-free options!

The LunchMaster offers a variety of menu items to meet our dietary concerns, allergies, and restrictions. Meals are designed by our Registered Dietitian, Melissa Manning, an expert in child nutrition. Meals are delicious and nutritious–each recipe is properly balanced and contains vital nutrients for your child. As a mother herself, she knows what kids love, and her continuous oversight ensures that our meals meet strict standards.

After careful design, meals are handcrafted with love by caring staff in our state of the art kitchen. Many recipes use seasonal ingredients sourced from local family farmers. Our products are made-from-scratch and contain a delicious blend of ingredients in every bite.

We make lunch EASY…
✓ Order until 6:00 a.m. for same-day meal delivery!
✓ Order multiple meals at once, even if they’re at different schools!
✓ Track Allergens: flag the allergen once and it’s gone from your order guide forever!
…AFFORDABLE
✓ One entree, fresh fruit, fresh vegetable, snack and a choice of cold beverage delivered to your kid for under $5!
…HEALTHY
✓ All meals are made from scratch and prepared in-house daily in our state of the art kitchens in San Carlos and Stockton
✓ Low in fat (no trans fats) and sugar (no sugar added)
✓ Whole grains, seasonal fresh produce from local farmers, organic produce (based on market availability), antibiotic-free, hormone-free, steroid-free USDA meat, rBST-free low-fat dairy products
✓ No artificial preservatives, no colors, no flavor sweeteners, no animal by-products or L-cysteine
…and COMPLIANT
The LunchMaster follows the strict regulations of the
✓ National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
✓ California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division (CDENSD)
✓ School Breakfast Program (SBP)
✓ Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Over the years, thanks to our in-house Registered Dietitian, we perfected the delicate balance between parent and child euphoria. We take our time to create nutritious meals that students are excited about and want to eat. The LunchMaster provides breakfast, lunch, afterschool snacks and supper. We understand it is essential for students to be fueled up throughout the day so that they can focus, learn, exercise and grow.
Here are a few ways we provide resources and help facilitate discussions between schools and families on the importance of making healthier choices.
Health and Wellness courses
Lessons for all ages and grade levels that include but are not limited to:
✓ School-based farmer’s markets
✓ How to read a nutrition label
✓ The importance of having a healthy heart rate
✓ Creating a healthy plate
✓ Understanding the benefits of exercise
✓ The importance of drinking water
✓ Limiting fried foods, soda, and sweets

Open Communication
We work with schools and PTAs to promote healthy eating habits through food placement, food presentation, site events, and promotions. We are determined to change the way students view new foods items and help increase their acceptance of healthier options.
We feature new recipes with rich, accurate, full-colored photographs. Detailed meal descriptions and an easy-to-read nutrition label are given for each item.

The founders of The LunchMaster, Ted & Marie Giouzelis, have had the entrepreneurial spirit from an early age. As newlyweds in their 20s, they owned a successful produce market in San Francisco and the popular Nob Hill Chicken & Ribs in the heart of Union Square. Deciding to raise their family on the Peninsula, they moved to Belmont and opened a new restaurant, Mr. Hofbrau. Almost immediately, they began receiving requests from schools to prepare meals for their students.

After several years of operating Mr. Hofbrau, and with the demand for school lunches and private catering steadily increasing, Ted and Marie created Nob Hill Catering, Inc. They have owned Nob Hill Catering, Inc. for over 30 years and integrated to the group The LunchMaster in 1994.

The LunchMaster’s success originates from Ted and Marie’s 20+ years of experience in school food service and their tireless dedication to children’s plates. They are committed to promoting the well-being of our children and making a difference in the lives of students. Ted and Marie Giouzelis are still the owners of The LunchMaster, and they are proud to continually maintain the quality and integrity of their food.

The mission of The LunchMaster is to partner with schools to make a significant and positive contribution to the well-being and learning ability of each student by providing healthy, delicious school meals.

This will be achieved by:

  • Using only high-quality ingredients such as organic dairy and organic produce items, and offering dairy and meat that is free of antibiotics and hormones
  • Cooking meals from scratch. You name it, we make it– from mac n cheese, to pesto sauce, to even our own salad dressing!
  • Forging partnerships with local farmers and vendors
  • Offering fruit and vegetable grab n’ go bars
  • Maintaining close relationships with schools to understand and meet their specific needs
  • Limiting our carbon footprint by partnering with local vendors, using compostable and recyclable containers and packaging materials, and minimizing the amount of packaging

Values

Our approach to business is guided by our commitment to the following principles:

  • Nutrition
  • Education
  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Sustainability
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Customer Satisfaction