Wisdom & Assistance I hope that many of you have noticed the new feature that School Nutrition has added to each month’s Food Focus column. Launched in January 2012, “Kitchen Wisdom Says…Try This!” is a highlighted recipe that has been evaluated by a volunteer corps of SNA members who make up our new Kitchen Wisdom Panel. Each month, these gracious individuals (and sometimes entire school/district teams!) offer their K-12 operational expertise by reviewing, modifying and/or testing selected recipes in a blind review. Recipes are rated on a set of established criteria and those with the highest average scores are highlighted in the magazine, along with modification suggestions offered by panelists. I shouldn’t be surprised that this project has exceeded all my expectations. Our Kitchen Wisdom panelists have gone above and beyond in their enthusiasm, professionalism and creativity! Feedback ranges from modifications of ingredients and cooking methods to suggested changes for different age groups to presentation techniques and much more. In this issue, you will see a note about one district that served the recipe candidate in a pagoda pail with a fortune cookie—much to the delight of students. And when a second recipe did not have a photo supplied by the source organization, one of the Kitchen Wisdom panelists took one for us! As I write this column, I am in Denver, with the Annual National Conference (ANC) getting ready to wind down. During our week here, I was given terrific leads and resources for article ideas from members stopping by our booth in the Exhibit Hall. Our team of volunteer Secret Shoppers scoured the Exhibit floor for neat products that we’ll showcase in the October issue. And I can’t wait to share with you in that same issue excerpts from the discussion of our 8th annual Roundtable of Leaders. This year’s group offered such words of commitment and creativity at a time of challenge for all school nutrition professionals! Thank you to all of you who help us create the content published in School Nutrition. Just as you do in your district offices and school kitchens every day, you go the extra mile time and again. Please know that we always welcome your ideas and participation. We are recruiting more panelists to help us with our Kitchen Wisdom project; see page 64 for details. If you are planning to come to ANC in Kansas City next summer, we will be eager to have you participate as Secret Shoppers, too! And don’t forget to send us your reports and photos from your upcoming National School Lunch Week celebrations. Sharing your ideas helps everyone in this business to take school nutrition to the next level.
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