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Fresh from California: Menu Planning Support Session #4

Fresh from California: Menu Planning Support Session #4

About this Series

Looking for new ideas for your menus? Over the course of Spring 2022, the Center for Ecoliteracy hosted monthly menu planning support sessions in partnership with LunchAssist for our Fresh from California campaign. These informal group discussions were designed to support school nutrition professionals in plant-forward menu planning. Agendas were centered around local procurement, freshly prepared meals, menu/recipe considerations, navigating special diets, and much more to incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes into school menus. Each session is intended for California school nutrition directors and school district menu planners.

About this Session

This session covers how to standardize recipes to meet USDA’s National School Lunch Program compliance and provides tips for running a successful staff and student taste test.

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    Chat: Session #4 - Student Taste Testing

    00:13:37
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Welcome! Please introduce yourself by typing your name, position, and where you work into the chat box. Happy Summer! What’s a favorite summer produce item that you serve in your district?

    00:13:56
    Karen Brown:
    Hi everyone. I’m Karen Brown, creative director, Center for Ecoliteracy.

    00:14:20
    Kerry Billner:
    Kerry Billner, Foodservice Director at Los Gatos Union School District. PLUOTS AND NECTARINES! 🙂

    00:14:25
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Welcome! Please introduce yourself by typing your name, position, and where you work into the chat box. Happy Summer! What’s a favorite summer produce item that you serve in your district?

    00:14:57
    Dylan Hatami:
    Dylan Hatami, West Contra Costa USD, Nutrition Specialist-Area Supervisor, Plums and White Peaches

    00:15:01
    Esther Huizar:
    Hello I’m Esther Huizar Cafeteria Manager at Oak Valley Elementary School in Tulare CA

    00:15:15
    Mickinzie Lopez:
    Mickinzie Lopez, Co-founder of LunchAssist! I don’t work in a district but LOVE serving salted watermelon to team camps in the summer! (extra hydrating and sweet!)

    00:15:21
    Kristy LeBoeuf:
    Kristy LeBoeuf, Kingsburg Elementary School District, Strawberries!

    00:15:23
    Jill Whittenberg:
    Jill Whittenberg, La Mesa-Spring Valley

    00:15:25
    Crystal Whitelaw (she/her) I Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Hello everyone, thank you for joining us! Crystal Whitelaw, Program Manager for California Food for California Kids at Center for Ecoliteracy.

    00:15:43
    Laurel Goins:
    Christy Wineman - Supervisor of Food Services at Lucia Mar Unified. Peaches are always a favorite during the summer! Strawberries here on the coast as well!

    00:16:23
    krysta williams:
    Hi all, Krysta Williams from the Center for Ecoliteracy.  I'm enjoying eating LOTS of cherries with my little kiddo.

    00:19:47
    Amanda Timar:
    Amanda Timar, Nutrition Coordinator, Santa Cruz City Schools

    00:22:26
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    For more general information about special crops, here’s a fact sheet: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R44719/5#:~:text=USDA's%20list%20clarifies%20that%20%E2%80%9Cspecialty,%2C%20turfgrass%2C%20and%20hops5).

    00:33:19
    Food-Services-ZR:
    pre covid D

    00:33:28
    Food-Services-ZR:
    Current D

    00:35:36
    Laurel Goins:
    Extra Hands!

    00:35:38
    Michael Jochner:
    labor!

    00:35:38
    Susan Henderson:
    packaging and staffing

    00:35:40
    Maria Davila:
    staf

    00:35:48
    Irlena Penaloza:
    Teacher collaboration :)

    00:35:52
    Kerry Billner:
    Coordination with admin/faculty on finding time and people. 🙂

    00:38:00
    Kerry Billner:
    Time

    00:38:07
    Laurel Goins:
    Feedback from the kids and how to collect it

    00:38:34
    Dylan Hatami:
    Getting an accurate result.  Kids copying their peers regardless of how they liked the item

    00:46:21
    Irlena Penaloza:
    That's what I always think! Costco style 

    00:49:06
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Plant-Forward School Meal Resources: https://www.californiafoodforcaliforniakids.org/plant-forward-school-meal-resources

    00:54:03
    Irlena Penaloza:
    We jus tested yesterday a Brownie Batter hummus and they LOVED it!

    00:54:09
    Kerry Billner:
    We featured 'try-it’ week on Earth Week, and it was successful having kiddos try things like Watermelon Radish and Golden Beets

    00:54:17
    Kat Soltanmorad:
    shameless social media plug, see our Center for Ecoliteracy poster taste test results Instagram @ttusdfood

    00:54:40
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Oooh amazing - we'll of course be checking that out, Kat! ;)

    00:54:57
    Irlena Penaloza:
    Brown rice horchata :) was also a big hit 

    00:55:01
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    @Ale oh my gosh, you all are doing such cool things!! I am going to have to come by and visit. 🙂

    00:55:02
    Mickinzie Lopez:
    We used to ask students what the dish should be named! Loved their ideas! Best one ended up as the final title on the menu.

    00:55:21
    Irlena Penaloza:
    I ask "Would you like to see this on the menu?" "How would you eat it?" 

    00:55:26
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    @Kerry I love how you theme that up!

    00:55:48
    Mickinzie Lopez:
    Oooo, I bet the students loved that horchata, @Irlena!

    00:56:29
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    @Ale those are great open-ended questions to ask students!

    00:57:13
    Irlena Penaloza:
    Thank you!

    00:58:09
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    @Dylan, yes peer influence is REAL. 😬

    00:58:22
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    @Ale thank YOU for sharing!

    01:02:01
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Learn more about the LunchAssist PRO Membership featuring Chefs from Brigaid at https://drive.google.com/file/d/19XcG-mWjtFHWdL9ST_xAM0l5OTw4tc5x/view?usp=sharing

    01:02:28
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Are you interested in learning more about the LunchAssist x Brigaid partnership? Add your name to the waitlist and you’ll be the first find out more! https://forms.gle/pCDnqb7MreNgQBaZ9

    01:03:03
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Center for Ecoliteracy Resources

    01:03:03
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Learn more about the Fresh from California campaign: https://www.californiafoodforcaliforniakids.org/fresh-from-ca

    01:03:03
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Sign up for Fresh from California offerings: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdz7vF7YsIC0FpfXS5zKvgaunuSTSegNXjH2tMnyMbhpKfyBg/viewform 

    01:03:03
    Liz Carlton | Center for Ecoliteracy (she/her):
    Plant-Forward School Meal Resources: https://www.californiafoodforcaliforniakids.org/plant-forward-school-meal-resources

    01:05:25
    Food-Services-ZR:
    2

    01:05:41
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    Thank you @Food-Services-ZR!

    01:06:18
    Kerry Billner:
    No questions- just a big THANK YOU! I was typing so fast to keep up with all the great ideas 😄

    01:06:41
    Irlena Penaloza:
    yes! I just started it last year

    01:06:44
    Jessica Krug | LunchAssist:
    Thank you, Kerry! :)

    01:07:16
    Crystal Whitelaw (she/her) I Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Thank you @Kerry so happy to hear that

    01:07:23
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    😄 Thank YOU for joining us @Kerry!

    01:07:24
    Kerry Billner:
    I was told not to take away from instructional time, so I plan to do something in the quad (hopefully) once a month :/

    01:07:39
    Kerry Billner:
    during lunch or break

    01:08:36
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    Wow @Ale!!!

    01:09:12
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    That sounds like you put a lot of thought into that. Love it. ❤️

    01:09:39
    Kat Soltanmorad:
    Our Harvest of the Month program has 100 parent volunteers thanks to our partnership with our local hospital Dietitians and their wellness program. parents help taste test  in addition to our cafeteria tastings.

    01:10:27
    Crystal Whitelaw (she/her) I Center for Ecoliteracy:
    That’s incredible @Kat, very strategic way to receive parent support.

    01:12:47
    Kat Soltanmorad:
    Thank you all! These sessions have been helpful.

    01:13:01
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    So glad to hear it @Kat!

    01:13:33
    Mickinzie Lopez:
    😆

    01:13:59
    Jessica Krug | LunchAssist:
    Nothing beats that HV Ranch 🤣

    01:14:06
    Kat Soltanmorad:
    @Jesssica HA!

    01:14:14
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    😆

    01:14:49
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    All good feedback!

    01:15:30
    Irlena Penaloza:
    Thank you everyone! 

    01:15:39
    Angela Gomez | LunchAssist (she/her):
    Thank YOU!

    01:16:02
    Esther Huizar:
    Thank you!

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