• READ THIS The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry: Love, Laughter and Tears in Paris at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School | Kathleen Flinn Dreaming of going to culinary school? Or perhaps you’ve already been and want to commiserate! This memoir chronicles the journey of a woman who left a middle management career to enroll in Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. The book might inspire you or it may serve as a cautionary tale—but it will definitely make you laugh! • ENTER THIS Build a Better Burger | Sutter Homes Are you the burger master? Enter your original burger recipe in Sutter Homes’ Build a Better Burger competition. The recipe must make six full-sized burgers or 12 to 18 sliders. The submission of photos is optional. The first place winner earns $25,000, while four finalists will win $1,000. Deadline: July 31, 2016. For other details and additional rules, visit www.buildabetterburger.com. • CLICK THIS Farm to School Toolkit | Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition toolkit.centerfornutrition.org Ready to take the leap in sourcing local farm foods for your school meals operation? Get the details on how to make that happen with a toolkit from this Nebraska-based research institution. The site includes a step-by-step guide to getting started, as well as downloadable posters, school garden tips and more. • CHECK THAT OUT Squeezable Fruit Pouches | Dole Foods Squeeze more fruit into school meals with Dole Fruitocracy Squeezable Fruit Pouches. Each 4.8-oz. pouch credits as a ½ cup serving of fruit, while the 3.2-oz. pouch supplies ½ cup of fruit and meets Smart Snacks in Schools requirements. Fruitocracy is made from fruit and is free from gluten, refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, GMOs and artificial flavors. Flavors include Apple, Apple Banana and Apple Pineapple in 4.8-oz. pouches, and Apple Strawberry, Apple and Apple Mixed Berry in 3.2-oz. pouches. No refrigeration is necessary. For more details, visit www.dolefoodservice.com. • CHECK THAT OUT The Flex Station | Cambro Cambro has launched its latest addition to its mobile vending line of products: the Flex Station. Fully customizable, the Flex Station will help reduce serving time and give kids time to eat by setting up portable Grab ‘n’ Go stations in convenient locations. The Flex Station is easy to assemble, configure and adjust; requires minimal storage space; maneuvers easily through hallways; features optional Camchillers to keep food fresh and works with a variety of food pans and food boxes. Visit www.cambro.com or contact (800) 833-3003. • CLICK THIS Hello Healthy | MyFitnessPal Blog.myfitnesspal.com This healthy-living blog from MyFitnessPal, the Internet’s largest health and fitness community, aims to help make your journey to a healthier life run more smoothly. Recent blog topics include “How to Break Free From Emotional Overeating,” “The Beginner’s Guide to Strength Training” and “The Most Common Weight-Loss Blunders Dietitians See.” You’ll also find recipes for such dishes as Strawberry Banana Bread, Easy Chicken Quesadilla and Mediterranean Salad with Crispy Chickpeas. • ENTER THIS Project Produce | The Chef Ann Foundation, Skoop The Chef Ann Foundation and Superfoods company Skoop have teamed up to offer Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. Any district or independent school that participates in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply for one of these $2,500 grants, which must be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. The district’s foodservice director must submit the application, available online at www.chefannfoundation.org/programs-and-grants/project-produce. There is no deadline; grants will be determined on an ongoing basis, depending on available funding. • CHECK THAT OUT Reduced-Sodium Ranch Dressing | Foothill Farms Foothill Farms Ranch Dressing mix is now available in a reduced-sodium variety for K-12 schools. With roughly 160 mg of sodium per serving when prepared traditionally, Foothill Farms Ranch Dressing Mix with No MSG (#V402) has all the ranch flavor students love, and it can be offered for both tray line and Smart Snack options. Request a free sample at www.foothillfarms.com/ranch. • CHECK THAT OUT SunWise Sandwiches | JSB Industries SunWise Peanut-Free Crustless Sandwiches are now available in two flavors: Grape Jelly and Strawberry Jelly, both of which are totally nut and peanut-free. Made with SunButter sunflower seed spread, the product is also dairy-free, contains no high fructose corn syrup and is considered safe for schools. A variety of pack sizes are available for schools. Call (877) Muffin-1 or visit www.muffintown.com. • CLICK THIS Think Rice | USA Rice Federation www.thinkrice.com Visit this site to get the scoop on USAgrown rice, including information on its nutritional benefits, recipes (including K-12 foodservice recipes!) and chef demos from the Culinary Institute of America. Meet rice farmers, learn about different varieties and download consumer brochures about the benefits of rice. • CHECK THAT OUT Merchandiser | Hydra-Kool Designed to be an integral part of a serving line, the Hydra-Kool Dairy Product & Cold Food Merchandiser also functions as a stand-alone refrigeration merchandiser. This self-service unit is certified as HACCP-compliant, recording temperatures every 15 minutes for a two-week period by use of computerized software transmitting reports to the operation manager’s personal computers. Additionally, this unit has been designed with lockable rear doors to make loading and reloading simple and easy, so high-quantity operations can serve almost continuously, without stopping service to replenish products. Visit www.mvpgroupcorp.com. • CHECK THAT OUT Grab Wraps® | Foster Farms The Fernando’s brand of award-winning Grab Wraps® from Foster Farms now provides a whole new twist on student meals through its range of whole-grain options that are CN-Labeled. Offering solutions from breakfast to lunch to smart snacking, Fernando’s Turkey Sausage & Egg, Jalapeño Beef, Buffalo Chicken, Cheese and Poblano & Cheese Grab Wraps® deliver bold flavors and whole-grain nutrition. Convenient heat-and-serve preparation and individually wrapped items featuring self-venting film are other benefits. Visit fosterfarmsfoodservice.com/schools or call (855) 693-3792. • LOOK AT THAT “Get Out and Grow” Winners | Smucker Foodservice More than 500 schools entered Smucker Foodservice’s inaugural “Get Out and Grow” initiative, which had the goal of advancing gardening education among K-12 students and cultivating their interest in growing food. Three schools were selected at random to win $5,000 each, for use in starting a school garden. Grand prizes were awarded to East Union Middle School, Marshville, N.C.; Morningside Elementary, Albany, Ga.; and Yargo Elementary, Winder, Ga. In addition, 25 schools were randomly selected to receive first prizes that included Root Viewer Garden Kits for use in classrooms, as well as seed packets and educational brochures for students to continue the experience at home. • CHECK THAT OUT Sous Vide Diced Proteins | JTM Food Group JTM Food Group has expanded its line of clean-label products with the addition of new Sous Vide Diced Beef, Pork and Turkey. The single-ingredient products are allergen-free, gluten-free, naturally lower in fat and have no added sodium or additives. The fully cooked, diced proteins are prepared using the sous vide method of cooking, which results in more consistent products that are tender and flavorful and offer menu versatility. Starting with SY 2016-17, school districts nationwide can divert their USDA Foods to JTM for processing into the Sous Vide Diced Proteins. The products come packed frozen in a 30-lb. master case containing six boilable/steamable bags. For complete product specs, nutritional information and recipes, visit www.jtmfoodgroup.com/schools or contact (513) 367-4900, ext. 186. • CHECK THAT OUT Allergen-Free Mobile Cabinets | Cres Cor What are you doing to keep your school’s meals safe from allergen contamination? Cres Cor offers a range of mobile cabinets built with custom door vinyl options in the traditional allergen-free purple, allowing you to label specific equipment as an Allergen-Free Zone. Cres Cor offers a five-year parts, one-year labor warranty for schools. Visit www.crescor.com to learn more. • CLICK THIS SchoolFood NYC | NYC Department of Education www.schoolfoodnyc.org Serving 850,000 school meals a day can’t be easy, so learn from school nutrition veterans working for the largest school district in the United States. Not only can you get some fabulous marketing ideas, but also see historic photos and pick up student-approved recipes. • CHECK THAT OUT Bagels | Pinnacle Food Service New Lender’s® Blueberry White Whole-Grain Bagels from Pinnacle offer white flour appeal with the goodness of whole grains. They are available individually wrapped or bulk, making them equally suitable for classroom breakfasts and a la carte lines. Additionally, the bagels qualify as a USDA Smart Snack. Each pre-sliced 2-oz. bagel is whole grain-rich and made without high fructose corn syrup. For more information, visit foodservice.pinnaclefoods.com or call (866) 816-7313.
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