Annual Food Tasting draws 400 students, community members

February 11, 2019

: Visitors at the Annual Food Tasting sample tamales, one of the new items among the many offered at the Feb. 7 event at the Berry Center. Approximately 400 students and community members tried various food and samples made by 18 potential CFISD vendors, with each providing input on new products available for school meals. Bone-in drumsticks and tamales were new items offered.
Visitors at the Annual Food Tasting sample tamales, one of the new items among the many offered at the Feb. 7 event at the Berry Center. Approximately 400 students and community members tried various food and samples made by 18 potential CFISD vendors, with each providing input on new products available for school meals. Bone-in drumsticks and tamales were new items offered.

Feb. 11, 2019—Approximately 400 students and community members enjoyed various foods and samples made by potential CFISD vendors and provided input on new products available for school lunch and breakfast at the Annual Food Tasting, held on Feb. 7 at the Berry Center.

Eighteen vendors participated in the fun-filled and free public event, with each offering a variety of items for guests to try.

Each category of food and drink samples were numbered at the Annual Food Tasting, allowing guests to try multiple items with each matching the numbers on evaluation sheets. Food items included tamales, pizza and noodles, while various dessert and drink options were also available to sample.
Each category of food and drink samples were numbered at the Annual Food Tasting, allowing guests to try multiple items with each matching the numbers on evaluation sheets. Food items included tamales, pizza and noodles, while various dessert and drink options were also available to sample.

“Thursday’s event was a big success,” said Darin Crawford, director of nutrition services. “We got the chance to directly engage with over 400 community members. Our vendors and staff members knocked it out of the park this year. We got a lot of great feedback and had the chance to sample a lot of different items.”

After trying food samples at the Annual Food Tasting, visitors filled out evaluation sheets, providing feedback on each item and ranked options.
After trying food samples at the Annual Food Tasting, visitors filled out evaluation sheets, providing feedback on each item and ranked options.

Visitors toured the various booths in the conference center, speaking with volunteers and vendors on the choices before trying the samples. Evaluation sheets were provided to each visitor, who provided feedback on each item and ranked options.

New items included bone-in drumsticks and tamales.

A young visitor samples desserts at the Annual Food Tasting on Feb. 7 at the Berry Center.
A young visitor samples desserts at the Annual Food Tasting on Feb. 7 at the Berry Center.

The theme of the event was “Power Up, Round Up.” The tasting featured door prizes and a raffle for both a boys’ and girls’ bicycle.

 

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