The selection of items that suited my school’s needs impressed me - I walked away with about six items I will follow up on. However, none of those items came from booths designed for schools. Those school booths reminds me what’s wrong with school meals – all the prepackaged processed junk.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Yesterday, I attended my first food show since I began working for my school. Held by a major food supplier to showcase their food products, it had booth after booth of food for all walks of the food service industry from restaurants to schools.
I’m very grateful the show did not focus on items for schools. One of the first booths I stopped by focused on just that. The school “specialist” welcomed me to try a bag of corn chips and said that an easy way to serve them is to snip off the top of the bag and fill it with chili and shredded cheese. I passed on a sample of that and the rest of the other deep fried snacks.
Overwhelmed by all the booths and foods around me, I almost didn’t stop at one featuring canned tomatoes products. I’m glad I did. The booth had samples of tomato sauces made without corn syrup and free of artificial preservative - just what I’ve been looking for. Not only does it taste good, it's within my school’s budget. I plan to switch to this brand as soon as we run out of product in my school kitchen.