SOUTHINGTON – The Southington Public Schools Food Service employees will have hands-on culinary professional development training on creating and presenting nutritious, plant-based foods on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
The training will occur from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Derynoski Elementary School Cafeteria. The goals of this professional development session are:
. Identifying the demand for plant-based foods
. The research on plant-based nutrition
. Plant-based meat alternatives for school / childcare programs
. Marketing meatless meals – tips and tricks
. Culinary hands-on training making recipes.
In addition, all food service staff attended a New Product Food Show on Aug. 28 at Hatton School. Vendors presented new items for the Southington Public Schools Food Service Staff to taste and learn about. The nutritional values of the products were discussed as well as information regarding sodium, fat, gluten-free, MSG and high fructose corn syrup.
Some of the new items the students will see on upcoming menus include:
. Amazing Lo Mein
. Chicken Sausage Patty
. BBQ Turkey Sliders
. Italian Combo Platter
. Crispy Chicken Drumsticks
. Blue Knight Burger
. Nacho Bean Bites with Salsa
“The feedback from the tasting was extremely positive,” said Superintendent of Schools Tim Connellan. “We are excited to continue to add items that our students will enjoy while still meeting the nutritional guidelines.”
Additional information regarding this professional development can be obtained by calling the Director of Business at 860-628-3200, EXT. 212.
-Southington Public Schools