READ THIS Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love and Recipes | Kristen Beddard Relish the story of how an American left her home to move to France and came to the discovery that she would never find her beloved kale in the City of Light. Despite her lack of French language skills, Kristen aims to bring the nutritious leafy vegetable to local chefs—all with a good sense of heartfelt humor. Available at chain and independent booksellers. CHECK THAT OUT Flavor Lab | Kent Precision Foods Group Let students add taste without adding sodium with the Flavor Lab Flavor Station, a fun new concept from Kent Precision Foods Group. Just the size of a shoebox, the Flavor Lab can fit virtually anywhere in your serving/dining room, including high-traffic areas. The display will entice students to try out one of the sodium-free seasonings from Foothill Farms and Mrs. Dash. Seasoning options include BBQ Teriyaki, Ranch, Caribbean, Garlic & Herb and Lemon Pepper. Check out www.getyourflavoron.com for more information. CHECK THAT OUT Breakfast Boats | ConAgra New Breakfast Boats from The Max, a product line from ConAgra, will have kids ready to sail through the day. The individual pizzas combine flavorful toppings (including scrambled eggs, turkey bacon or sausage and cheese blends) on a 5.5-in. oval crust in an individual grab ‘n’ go package. LOOK AT THAT Carton 2 Garden | Evergreen Packaging Congratulations to the Spring 2017 Carton 2 Garden contest winners! The $5,000 grand prize went to Lemon Avenue Elementary School in La Mesa, Calif. The third annual competition, administered by KidsGardening.org, gives students a hands-on experience in repurposing empty milk and juice cartons to build or enhance their school gardens. The Lemon Avenue project was an innovative and ambitious effort to bolster the threatened Monarch butterfly population. Visit www.carton2garden.com/newsroom for details about all the winners. DOWNLOAD THIS Star Tracker Lite | Available for Android and iOS When you’re spending long nights outside enjoying the summer weather, turn your head skyward and enjoy the stars, too. With the Star Tracker Lite app, simply raise your phone to the sky and watch as the app instantly tells you which stars, planets and constellations you’re viewing. The “Lite” app is free, while the paid “Pro” version allows you to search stars and other interplanetary objects. CHECK THAT OUT Ice Cups | Rosati Ice Rosati Ice, the oldest Italian ice company in America, offers a variety of Italian ice products made with 100% fruit juice. Between the colorful packaging and number of innovative flavors—including two new ones, Rosati Emoji Ice and Mexican cuisine-inspired Mango Caliente Ice—the Ice Cups are becoming more popular in schools. The cups credit as a 1⁄2 cup of fruit and are free from dairy, gluten, lactose, nuts and dyes. Visit www.rosatiice.com to learn more. ENTER THIS Equipment Giveaway | Traulsen You can be a hero and Save Your Kitchen! Simply enter now for a chance to win four Traulsen units: the G-Series Hot Food Holding Cabinet, the A-Series Roll-in Refrigerator, the G-Series Freezer and a Milk Cooler. Simply visit saveyourkitchen.com and fill out the entry form. You will need to confirm your entry through a verification email. Enter before July 31; the winner will be announced after SNA’s Annual National Conference in Atlanta. CHECK THAT OUT Smooth-Frozen Sidekicks | Country Pure Foods Country Pure Foods has expanded its foodservice line of Smooth-Frozen SideKicks to include a new flavor, Sunbelievable, which credits as a 1⁄2 cup red/orange vegetable. SideKicks are available in 4.4-oz. cups in six flavors. Blue Raspberry-Lemon, Sour Cherry-Lemon, Strawberry-Mango and Kiwi-Strawberry all credit as a fruit, while Cherry Smooth and Sunbelievable credit as vegetables. Visit www.juice4u.com for more information. CHECK THAT OUT Ravioli and Sauces | Giovanni Rana Stuffed pastas are filling and hearty, so don’t miss the offerings from Giovanni Rana. Try a build-your-own pasta bar with a choice of ravioli—Whole-Grain Cheese, Whole-Grain Butternut Squash and Whole-Grain Broccoli Kale—and sauce, such as Low-Sodium Marinara or Low-Fat Alfredo. These vegetarian pastas also make for good Meatless Monday options. Call (888) 326-2721 for school-specific information. LOOK AT THAT Afterschool/Summer Grants | The National League of Cities The National League of Cities (NLC) recently announced that 20 cities were awarded grants to create or expand programs providing children with afterschool and summer meals. Through a partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), NLC has supported more than 60 cities over the past five years, serving more than 10 million meals to 100,000 children through the federal programs. The grant program is part of NLC’s Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) initiative, which receives support from the Walmart Foundation. Cities receiving the CHAMPS grant include eight communities in Alabama, seven in California and five in Kansas. For more information, visit www.nlc.org/CHAMPS. CLICK THIS Video Series | Potatoes USA www.potatoesraisethebar.com Potatoes USA recently released a four-part “Potatoes Raise the Bar” video series designed just for school nutrition operators! Garrett Berdan, RDN, LD, walks viewers through potato-centric information to help shape your knowledge of the potato industry; how potatoes can help power the performance of your school operation; and recipe concepts kids will love. Complete the post-video quizzes to receive 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). These videos are a great training tool for kitchen staff, as well as a learning opportunity for students. CLICK THIS Young Writers | BoomWriter www.boomwriter.com Keep your child’s writing skills up to par this summer with BoomWriter. Kids read the supplied first chapter of a story, then write their own chapter to continue—while others are doing the same. BoomWriters vote on their favorite Chapter Two, the winner is published and BoomWriters move on to writing Chapter Three until the story is finished. Readers can follow projects as they progress and watch competitions happen in real time. CLICK THIS Food & Cooking Info | Food52 www.food52.com Just try to resist a website with the motto, “Eat thoughtfully, live joyfully.” Food52’s goal is to help you cook better to live a better life. It offers recipes, food news, features and ideas, as well as a shop to buy the foodie in your life a perfect gift. CHECK THAT OUT Shelf-Stable Dips | Truitt Family Foods Truitt Family Foods has announced the immediate availability of four new varieties of its single-serve TruFlavors® shelf-stable Hummus and Dips: Apple Cinnamon Dippers®, KoKo Raspberry Dippers®, Roasted Poblano Dippers® and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. These products complement existing products in the line: Traditional Hummus and Fiesta Chili Lime Dippers®. The bean-based products are gluten-free and contribute one meat/meat alternate or 1⁄8 cup vegetable (legumes). Visit www.truittfamilyfoods.com. LOOK AT THAT Equipment Grant | Baxter Manufacturing Congratulations to Marcia Wagner, foodservice supervisor, Grandview (Wash.) School District, who is the latest recipient of the Equipment for Education Grant, a partnership between Baxter Manufacturing and the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF). One school in Wagner’s district will receive a Baxter OV310 mini rotating rack oven, and Wagner will receive a $500 scholarship toward registration and travel expenses to attend SNA’s 2017 Annual National Conference in Atlanta. Learn more about the Baxter product line at baxtermfg.com and about SNF at www.schoolnutrition.org/snf. LOOK AT THAT Turnip the Beet Winners | USDA This past spring, USDA recognized 2016 Summer Meal Program sponsors who went above and beyond in serving delicious and nutritious meals as Turnip the Beet winners. Criteria for recognition included serving culturally appropriate menu items featuring a variety of produce, whole grains, lowfat or fat-free dairy products and locally sourced ingredients. A total of 49 sponsors earned a bronze, silver or gold award for their efforts. The seven K-12 gold winners were: Abilene (Kan.) Public Schools, Balwin County (Ga.) School Nutrition, Lakeside (Calif.) Union School District, Buncome County (N.C.) Schools, Carrollton City (Ga.) Schools, Chapel Hill & Carrboro City (N.C.) Schools and Wauzeka-Steuben (Wisc.) School District. For the complete list of winners and details about the program, visit tinyurl.com/turnip-SN. CLICK THIS Resources | U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council www.littlebluedynamos.com Today, schools can get frozen highbush blueberries through the USDA Foods Program and add them to numerous menu items. Browse this site from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council to download a wide variety of resources, from kid-friendly recipes, educational handouts and activity sheets to tips for school nutrition managers, flavor pairings and a school chef showcase featuring a three-ingredient blueberry sauce in sweet and savory applications. ENTER THIS Recipe Contest | National Mango Board How many ways do you add versatile fresh mango to your menus? The Share. Mango. Love. Foodservice Recipe Contest is open to onsite managers and directors, professional chefs and dietitians working in commercial and non-commercial operations. Send one or more original savory recipes in the following categories: appetizer/snack, salad/side and entrée. Submitted recipes can be an existing menu item or a dish created for this contest. Four cash prizes, including a $2,000 grand prize, will be awarded. Help inspire others to explore mango flavors and textures. Contest deadline: August 31. For details, visit www.mango.org/foodservice. ENTER THIS Build a Better Burger | Sutter Homes Calling all burger builders! 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 first-place winner will receive $25,000, and four finalists will win $1,000 each. Visit www.buildabetterburger.com. The deadline is July 31. CHECK THAT OUT Sriracha Ketchup | Red Gold Add a little spice to your menu with Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Ketchup by Red Gold, recently recognized as a top innovative product of 2017 by the National Restaurant Association. The product is available to operators in convenient portion control packets, 20-oz. squeeze bottles and 1.5-gal. dispenser pouches. Check nutrition labels to determine suitability for menuing. Visit www.redgold.com. LOOK AT THAT Makeover Grant | Life Time Foundation Nearly 84,000 Austin Independent School District (AISD) students will benefit from a healthy and tasty school lunch makeover, featuring a new food truck, healthy breakfasts in the classroom, made-to-order salad bars and farm-to-table scratch cooking—all supported by a $608,100 grant from the Minnesota-based Life Time Foundation. Part of the grant money has been invested in a mobile food truck aptly named “Nacho Average Food Truck,” which serves reimbursable meals. Visit www.ltffoundation.org to learn more. CHECK THAT OUT Wholly Guacamole | MegaMex Foods Made simply from Hass avocados and other natural ingredients such as jalapeños, onions and garlic, Wholly Guacamole from MegaMex Foods provides just the right spiciness and creaminess on sandwiches, salads and burritos or as a dip for carrots and celery. MegaMex also offers Wholly Salsa, which is also free of additives and preservatives. For more information, visit www.megamexfoods.com/wholly-guacamole. CHECK THAT OUT CL55 Workstation | Robot Coupe For high-volume food processing, check out the new CL55 Workstation from Robot Coupe. This complete unit features two feed heads and a mashed potato kit, a multi-cut pack of 16 discs (including slicers, graters, dicing kits, French Fry and julienne discs) and an ergonomic mobile cart. Learn more at www.robotcoupeusa.com.
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