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School Chefs Team Up for Culinary Competition at CNIC

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January 18, 2013 – The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in San Antonio hosted a “Chopped”-style cooking competition for SNA members at the 2013 Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) this past weekend.

On Saturday, nutrition directors from school districts all over the country battled it out to prepare delicious and economical meals that meet the new meal pattern requirements. CIA chefs joined in on the fun, too – Chef Michael Katz provided a culinary demonstration, lectured participants on flavor profiles and recipe development, and gave pointers and tips.

SNA members prepared healthy meals as part of a cooking competition at the Culinary Institute of America

But before they got cooking, each of the six teams hit the local Farmers Market with $25, collecting whatever fresh ingredients they want to feature in their recipes. Some of the inventive recipes included an avocado ranch dressing, jalapeno relish, risotto fries, southwest tuna wraps, and black bean soup served in a tortilla bowl. Each team was judged on creativity, team cooperation and planning.

The winning dish? Tuna casserole, fiesta chicken salad, local greens, Arborio rice, and a pineapple & strawberry cup. Congrats to the winning team members:

  • Julia Bauscher, SNS, Jefferson County School District (Ky.)
  • JoAnne Corcoran, Sheldon Independent School District (Texas)
  • Dora Rivas, MS, RD, SNS, Dallas (Texas) Independent School District
  • Linda Stoll, SNS, Jeffco School District (Colo.)
  • Executive Chef Robert Lafond, J.T.M Food Group

A complete recap of CNIC 2013 will be available in the April issue of School Nutrition.

Don’t Miss Out on LAC 2013 Early Bird Registration!

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January 17, 2013 – Spring into action! SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) will be here before you know it, so don’t miss the chance to save $50 off regular conference fees by registering by the early-bird deadline, Monday, January 21st. What are you waiting for? Register now via mail or online at

Although the LAC room block is sold out at the JW Marriott, we are researching additional overflow hotels and will post additional hotel information by January 23.

Join school nutrition professionals and their allies March 3-6, 2013, at the 41st annual LAC at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. LAC is your chance to share your thoughts, opinions and priorities regarding child nutrition with the lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Peer into the inner workings of the democratic process, and learn firsthand what legislative and regulatory issues the industry currently faces. You’ll also be privy to compelling commentary from political analyst and keynote speaker Chuck Todd, NBC News’ political director and chief White House correspondent and the host of “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC.

Highlights of LAC 2013 include:

  • Two enriching pre-conference sessions choices, offering you the information you need to know to create or publicize healthy school nutrition options.
  • A unique opportunity to further network and build relationships with Congressional during the inaugural Hill Reception.
  • The latest information from key leaders in Congress, USDA and allied organizations, regarding the major issues facing the school nutrition industry.
  • Celebrating the dreamers and doers of child nutrition at the Global Child Nutrition Foundation’s A Possible Dream Gala.

To learn more about LAC 2013, visit And, don’t forget the special Early Bird registration rate deadline is January 21, 2013. Now is the time for action—don’t let the this important opportunity pass you by!

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