CHECK THAT OUT Counter Top Steamer | Sterling Manufacturing Sterling Manufacturing offers its Steam PRO 6-Pan Counter Top Steamer, featuring a powerful 14KW heater for high-production batch cooking and a simple boilerless design that’s easy to clean and service. The unit is ENERGY STAR®-qualified and uses less than 1 gallon of water per hour. It also offers an NSF-approved hold feature with adjustable thermostat and stainless steel construction. Visit www.sterlingsteampro.com. READ THIS Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child | Lynn R. Marotz Although designed for early childhood and elementary school educators, school nutrition professionals deter- mined to learn more about wellness for youngsters can learn from this reference, now in its ninth edition and available in print and digital editions. The book emphasizes the importance of respecting and partnering with families to help children establish healthy lifestyles and achieve their learning potential. Featured are easy-to-access checklists, guidelines and activities. ENTER THIS Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest | Uncle Ben’s If you have a student who loves to cook in front of the camera, encourage them to enter the fifth annual Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest, designed to inspire lifelong healthy eating habits. Five families will win $15,000 for themselves and $30,000 for a cafeteria makeover for the winners’ schools. Enter a photo to win at www.unclebens.com/ben’s-beginners/for-schools by October 13. While you’re at it, celebrate International Cook With Your Kids Day on October 15 by hashtagging your family cooking photos as #lookwhatwemade on social media. CHECK THAT OUT Jalapeño Seasoning | Kent Precision Foods To help foodservice operators capitalize on the spicy food trend, Mrs. Dash for Foodservice, represented by Kent Precision Foods, is introducing a 21-oz. bottle of Spicy Jala- peño Seasoning. This fiery blend of spices with a jalapeño bite makes it easy for oper ators to add a burst of popular heat all across their menus. The seasoning has no salt or MSG. Visit www.mrsdashfoodservice.com. LOOK AT THAT Directors’ All-Access Pass | SNA Congratulations to the 10 lucky winners of SNA’s Directors’ All-Access Pass contest, held in the Annual National Conference Exhibit Hall in San Antonio, Texas, in July. Directors who submitted entry forms demonstrating that they had visited a specified list of exhibitors were eligible for the random drawing to win a package of one free registration to each of SNA’s three national meetings in 2017. The winners were Sue Bevins, Richmond Community Schools, Washington, Mich.; Rose Ann Boushele, Omro School District, Oshkosh, Wisc.; Jennifer Gilbert, Bessemer City (Ala.) School District; Debra Godfrey, Mountain View-Los Altos (Calif.) High School District; Barbara Goodman, Akron Central School District, Clarence, N.Y.; Kathy Hicks, Bristol City (Va.) Public Schools; Mary Inzer, Gadsden City (Ala.) School District; Sonjia Kinsey, Madison (La.) Parish School Board; Aretha Littles, Demopolis City (Ala.) School District; and Diane Seale, Fayette County (Ky.) School District. CHECK THAT OUT Asian Entrées | Chef’s Corner Try out some of the authentic PanAsian entrée kits from Chef’s Corner, a company that aims to focus on healthy food, authentic flavor and honest business practices. Available now are Mandarin Orange Chick- en, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Honey Fire Chicken and Mandarin Mango Chicken. All entrées are individually quick frozen. For more information, including specific meal pattern contributions, visit www.chefscornerfoods.com. CLICK THIS Smart Food Planner | The Alliance for a Healthier Generation https://foodplanner.healthiergeneration.org Check out the Smart Food Planner, a one-of-a-kind tool that offers a searchable database of products that fit the reimbursable meal patterns and/or Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, as well as recipes and sample menu ideas. Additionally, it features a product calculator, which allows you to answer a series of questions to determine if a particular product you are considering meets federal requirements. The Smart Food Planner also updates you on the latest information on available trainings, hot topics and breaking news. LOOK AT THAT School Grants | Action for Healthy Kids Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) has announced the recipients of 295 School Grants for Healthy Kids for the 2016-17 school year, provided through funding from CSX. The Game On grants—awarded in 13 states— aim to expand student access to in-school physical activity and healthy foods; improve knowledge and behaviors around exercise and nutrition; and engage parents in activities that reinforce healthy habits at home. Additionally, 480 school health teams will be trained on how to build and maintain sustainable wellness teams, augment school health and wellness best practices and use AFHK resources and programs to implement wellness policies. For a complete list of schools, visit www.actionforhealthykids.org/CSX. ENTER THIS Get Out and Grow | J.M. Smucker Co. Act quick! Enter to win a cash award to be used toward planting and maintaining a school garden by participating in the “Get Out and Grow” promotion from J.M. Smucker Co. In 100 characters or less, tell Smuckers what you would like to grow in your school garden and submit it at www.growwithsmuckers.com. The winners are randomly selected; the prizes range from $500 to $15,000. The contest, open to foodservice directors or school administrators of accredited K-12 schools, closes on October 8. CLICK THIS Energy Efficiency Toolkit | Clean Energy Resource Teams http://tinyurl.com/EnergyEfficiency-SNMag Take steps to lower your energy usage at work with the help of the online Food Service Energy Efficiency Toolkit. This Minnesota-based resource can be used in other parts of the country to help you determine how much energy you’re using, identify where you’re wasting energy and detail best practices for foodservice operators. The Toolkit is a compilation of downloadable documents and spreadsheets, as well as links.
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