Healthy School Lunch Recipe Contest
On Saturday May 18, 2013, Real Food for Kids - Montgomery held its first recipe contest tasting event to create a healthy school lunch. Children, parents, chefs, educators and friends submitted their recipes, and five finalists (below) prepared and served their entries at the event, which was held at Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park.
The top five finalists were selected by a panel of expert judges:
Marla Caplon, Director, Division of Food & Nutrition Services, Montgomery County Public Schools Cesare Lanfranconi, Executive Chef, Lia's, Chevy Chase Sheila Crye, Co-Facilitator, Healthy Eating Working Group, Montgomery County Food Council Drew Faulkner, Chef and Culinary Educator Kristen Daugherity, Nutrition Educator, Wootton High but the final judging was done by the kids who voted thumbs up, thumbs down or in the middle to select the top three meals.
Cash prizes and gift cards
(1st prize: $75 cash + $75 gift card to the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op
+ $50 gift card to Whole Foods Market,
2nd prize: $75 cash + $50 gift card to Whole Foods Market, and
3rd prize: $60 gift card to Dawson’s Market + $25 gift card to Costco)
were awarded to the top three winners and cookbooks to the 2 runners-up.
Marla Caplon, Director of the Division of Food and Nutrition Services for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), who served as one of the judges, joined us for the event and expressed particular interest in the possibility of serving the Classy Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad in the Montgomery County Public Schools. Amazingly, only one of the 26 children who voted on this incredibly healthy yet unfamiliar dish gave it a thumbs down, with 15 giving it a thumbs up and the rest in the middle. Recipes for all the winning lunches will be submitted to MCPS for their consideration.
We were also joined by
Shruti Bhatnagar, the Blair Cluster Coordinator for the PTA, who was
very enthusiastic about our work and future collaboration with the PTA.
Our thanks go out to all the chef participants, sponsors and volunteers
who made this event a great success.
Download recipe contest guidelines and entry form.
Download Spanish version of recipe contest flyer.
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