TWINKLE, TWINKLE The heavens were a little dimmer in January, as dozens of school nutrition stars fell to Earth one Sunday night to celebrate the 2017 FAME Award winners. Although the annual FAME alumni picture seems to get a bit more crowded every year, we miss the many stars who are shining back home in their own communities. The awards program, sponsored by Basic American Foods, Schwan’s Food Service Company and Tyson Foods, is in its 28th year. Look for the call for the 2018 nominations sometime this summer! Learn More: http://www.fameawards.net Ideas @ Work N loves hearing how you are inspired to use the magazine’s content. This note from Teri Whitacre, MS, SNS, school food and nutrition services director, Charlotte County (Fla.) Public Schools was written to JoAnne Robinett, MSA, SNS, in response to her article “A to Z Advice for Improving Your Professionalism” (December 2016): “We all loved your [recent article]! I’m excited to tell you that I’ve asked each manager and supervisor to pick their top 3 things—or letters—to focus on this semester, and we’re going to pair people up with someone who has at least one ‘letter’ in common, so that they can report in at future meetings on how they’re doing.” We’ll hope to hear more, too! Readers are always welcome to share stories about how you use the information you find in our pages so we can keep the inspiration chain going strong! How is it that SN didn’t know there was a Rubber Ducky Day!? Thank goodness, the El Paso (Texas) ISD Food and Nutrition Services team clued us in with these great photos posted on their EPISD Eat Smart Café Facebook page. We’ll make sure to get this event in next year’s Promotional Calendar for SNA members (http://www.schoolnutrition.org/promocalendar). AN IDEA WORTH STEALING Something Fishy Going On Farm to school programs have been on the grow in every U.S. state for more than a decade, but we’re intrigued to read about the “sea to school” initiatives underway in several coastal communities. Tray Talk, SNA’s Facebook page for parents, recently highlighted a number of such programs. We discovered that the Massachusetts Farm to School Project is hosting Sea to School Culinary Workshops at three locations in early spring. These free educational offerings are designed to provide hands-on experience working with locally caught, sustainable species, such as dogfish, redfish and pollock and use these to menu kid-tested recipes like fish tacos, fishcakes and seafood chowder. Jenny Devivo, cafeteria director and head chef for Martha’s Vineyard’s Up-Island Regional School District, will be a featured speaker at one workshop. Her “Catch of the Day” program at West Tisbury Elementary School, goes beyond serving fresh seafood items and teaches students where, when, how and by whom the fish are caught. She partners with a local seafood distributor, Red’s Best, which promotes sustainable fishing practices and uses traceability software to track seafood from the ocean to an individual plate. Tray Talk also discovered other communities getting into the swim of things, including Gloucester (Mass.) Public Schools and Bristol Bay Borough (Alaska) School District. Learn More: http://www.facebook.com/TrayTalk; http://www.massfarmtoschool.org/events.
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