Thomas Dale hosts first ever food fair

It was a chance for students to have their say…In food that is.

Chesterfield County Food and Nutrition Services hosted the 2014 Food Fair with tastings of the offerings for the next school year. One of the taste testing events was held Tuesday, April 1, at Thomas Dale High School.

Chesterfield County Public Schools invited students and their parents to taste the food being considered for school breakfasts and lunches. The feedback the families gave will help to shape the upcoming school menus for the 2014-15 school year in all the locations around the county.

Families were asked to sign up for the free event. They gathered to offer their opinions of proposed school menus for elementary, middle and high school meals. More than 100 families showed up at Thomas Dale to share their opinions on the offerings for next school year. The event was full

The food and nutrition services group was offering more than 35 items to sample, and families were each given a form to mark their favorites and offer written comments. The cafeteria was filled with families testing out the menu offerings.

They were quite diligent about trying each offering and marking their forms with their opinions of the fair. Opinions mattered as students and parents help to form new decisions on meals. The 35 offerings covered every food group.

One family that stopped in to give their opinions were the Passalacquas — Beth, Julia and Nick,and offered their findings on all the food samples. Beth is the PTO President at Enon Elementary. “I wanted them to see what is offered,” she said. “They get a vote on their choices.”

The event was set up with seven tasting stations. They offered items including healthy items and less-processed foods. There was a station of waters with varieties including cucumber water, strawberry water, orange water and lemon water. Just a few of the items included: mushroom and Swiss burgers, cinnamon breakfast rolls, Italian green beans, sweet and sour broccoli, Teriyaki chicken, roasted carrots, and whole-grain cookies.

Normal things that one might think of at breakfast and lunch were also offered — the ever popular items such as macaroni and cheese, pizza, popcorn, hotdogs, hamburgers, and sugar cookies.

There were also some exotic offerings such as cabbage with mandarin oranges, an apple churro and sesame kale.

Julia Passalacquas enjoyed all the opportunities to try new things. One of her favorites was the bread. “Definite yes on the zucchini bread,” she shared. Julia also gave a passing vote to the mushroom maple carrots. Nick Passalacquas gave a round of cheer for a standard staple. He said, “The macaroni and cheese is good.”

There was a section of the cafeteria setup for nutritional resources and tables full of information on the benefits of the choices for food. There is a new interactive menu program, Nutrislice, available that includes nutritional content and other fun food information.

Beets, cookies and nutritional bars were grouped into one of the seven stations where nutritional representatives were there to answer questions and serve families. The gathering drew a crowd that came to try out everything and they were very active in taste testing.

Nick said that the mushroom burger was different. “I think the mushroom burger is good.” The free event was one of two events that the county schools offered. The other event was held at Clover Hill High School on March 27. Families were asked to sign up for the taste testings and bring up to four family members. Parents were asked to accompany their children.

Lunches currently cost $1.95 and breakfast is $1.25 and help busy families by offering nutritional and convenient meals.  The ‘Yum or Yuck’ event drew a big crowd that could make dinner out of the many samplings available. One student was heard to say ‘yum’ to the cookie offerings.

There was a station of waters with varieties including cucumber water, strawberry water, orange water and lemon water. Just a few of the items included: mushroom and Swiss burgers, cinnamon breakfast rolls, Italian green beans, sweet and sour broccoli, Teriyaki chicken, roasted carrots, and whole-grain cookies.

Normal things that one might think of at breakfast and lunch were also offered – the ever popular items such as macaroni and cheese, pizza, popcorn, hotdogs, hamburgers, and sugar cookies.

There were also some exotic offerings such as cabbage with mandarin oranges, and apple churro and sesame kale.

Julia Passalacquas enjoyed all the opportunities to try new things. One of her favorites was the bread. “Definite yes on the zucchini bread,” she shared. Julia also gave a passing vote to the mushroom maple carrots. Nick Passalacquas gave a round of cheer for a standard staple. He said, “The macaroni and cheese is good.”

There was a section of the cafeteria setup for nutritional resources and tables full of information on the benefits of the choices for food. There is a new interactive menu program, A new interactive menu program available, Nutrislice, includes nutritional content and other fun food information.

Beets, cookies and nutritional bars were grouped into one of the seven stations where nutritional representatives were there to answer questions and serve families. The gathering drew a crowd that came to try out everything and they were very active in taste tasting.

Nick said that the mushroom burger was different. “I think the mushroom burger is good.” The free event was one of two events that the county schools offered. The other event was held at Clover Hill High School on March 27. Families were asked to sign up for the taste tasting and bring up to four family members. Parents were asked to accompany their children.

Lunches currently cost $1.95 and breakfast is $1.25 and help busy families by offering nutritional and convenient meals.  The “Yum or Yuck” event drew a big crowd that could make dinner out of the many samplings available. One student was heard to say “yum” to the cookie offerings.

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