The Annual Harvest Challenge: Student Teams Supported by Chefs Move to Schools and Farm to School

Cross-posted from the Let’s Move blog: The annual Harvest Challenge, menu planning and cooking event for high school students, is an important example of how aspiring chefs get started and learn to create winning recipes. This exciting contest, which is now going into its 8th year, challenges teams of high school students – including staff and chef mentors – to develop a creative, appetizing and visually appealing school lunch entrée and side dish while incorporating locally grown foods. At the same time, the entrée and side dish must comply with USDA National School Lunch nutrition standards and meet a budget of $1 per person per serving (entrée and side dish combined). “This is a fun and challenging event for our high school students that really enables them to appreciate the hard work that goes into school food programs,” says Ashlee Gabrielson, director of the Vernon County Farm to School Program in Wisconsin. […]

September 27th, 2016|Blog, News|

SNA National Survey Reveals Increased Efforts to Promote Student Consumption of Healthy Choices

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – A new national survey of school meal program operators reveals that more school cafeterias are utilizing strategies to increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and other healthy choices, while expanding student access to school meals through programs [...]

September 6th, 2016|Blog, News|

Video: “Creativity Kitchen: Chef Inspired Cuisine for Healthy Scholars”

The partnership with Chef Nick Wallace, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Jackson Public Schools Food Service Department will connect culinary arts, nutrition education, and creativity to students, staff, families, and our community. The goal is to expose [...]

April 13th, 2016|Blog, News|

What’s for Breakfast! Idaho’s Team Nutrition Resources

Marsing, Idaho Foodservice Staff Thanks to funding from a USDA Team Nutrition Training Grant, Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs (SDE CNP) developed multiple resources promoting breakfast, including the Chef Designed School Breakfast Cookbook, Breakfast Offer [...]

February 22nd, 2016|Blog, News|

The 2015 Harvest Challenge

The 2015 Harvest Challenge was held in the Westby Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 8. In a very close competition Hillsboro High School aspiring chefs won the judge’s choice by a single vote taking home the traveling trophy, while Viroqua won [...]

February 2nd, 2016|Blog, News|