Baltimore County


City schools food bills top $1 million

In Baltimore schools, the cost of doing business can often be found on a plate — eggs Benedict or a French-toast buffet for breakfast, crab cakes or beef Wellington for lunch, and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert.

The school district racked up $1 million in food bills between 2010 and 2012, according to catering charges on administrative accounts at central headquarters.

The records show a range of spending and menus, from $9.24 for cookies and juice for the CEO's office to a $7,170 professional development lunch for 600 educators that featured a menu of chicken cacciatore, baked ziti and beef brisket barbecue. Orders were for small-scale staff meetings,...