May 2015

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May 2015
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School Nutrition Invites the Community to Taste School Foods

Welcome the students and the community—whether it’s parents, officials, the media or other—to try, taste and enjoy new school foods by hosting a school or community food show. While the details of these food shows are difficult to wrangle, School Nutrition has all the information you need to make the event a success.

In “Tasting is Believing,” SN Editor Patricia L. Fitzgerald profiles three school districts, ranging from small to large to very large, in their efforts to host a food show. Each district took a different approach to the event, and you’re likely to find a method that will work for your operation—as well as some helpful tips gleaned from veteran operators.

Bonus Web Content: Look at how Brandon Valley’s Gay Anderson hosted a mini food show for other school districts in South Dakota. In this rural state, some participants traveled more than 150 miles to attend. Also, discover more reflections from all three highlighted districts about coping with unexpected food show curveballs.

For those interested in holding a food show but haven’t quite figured out the logistics, check out “Your Food Show To-Do List,” in which Managing Editor Kelsey Casselbury interviews SNA Exhibit Hall expert Crystal Harper-Pierre about the minute details that you might overlook. This includes everything from food safety to security to décor to clean-up—this is an article that gives you the 4-1-1 on everything you need to know to make sure the food show runs smoothly.

If you missed March’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C, thendon’t miss the recap in this month’s issue. Check out the photos of all the speakers, special guests—including the Racing Presidents, mascots of the Washington Nationals baseball team!—and your friends and colleagues who attended. A special spread showcases the honorees of this year’s Celebration of Heroes, a fundraising event for the School Nutrition Foundation.

Finally,School Nutrition wraps up its multi-year series on the brilliant rainbow of produce with a spotlight on blue and purple fruits. From blueberries to blackberries and grapes to elderberries, this Food Focus shares nine things you likely didn’t know about these gems of a fruit.

Bonus Web Content: Look back at recipes and snippets from the nine-year series of the colors of produce, including blue/purple vegetables, green, red and white fruits, and orange/yellow fruits and vegetables. Additionally, check out a school-created saucey blueberries recipe that can be menued in multiple ways. 

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