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Culinary Demonstrations at ANC

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If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new menu and recipe ideas. Well, then you won’t want to miss the Culinary Demonstrations offered during the ANC Exhibit Hall hours. Here professional chefs will show you “hands-on” skills that you can implement in your school, including how to garnish and present foods to make them more attractive to students. These demos also will feature many new products and healthy ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.

This year, there will be six demonstrations offered during the conference. They are: 

  • “Rice: Economical, Versatile and Whole Grain!” by MARS Foodservices
  • “Stretch Your Budget: A Whole Grain Complement to Your Commodities” by General Mills Bakeries & Foodservice
  • “Using Peanut Butter to Enhance Healthy Options” by National Peanut Board
  • “What’s on the Menu for a Healthy Breakfast?” by American Egg Board
  • “Whole Grain Appeal” by ConAgra Mills
  • “Yum! Make It Easy, Tasty and Kid Friendly” by Precision Foods

Each demo will last about 45 minutes, so there’s still plenty of time to go to all the exhibits. I’m looking forward to sampling the prepared items to determine if my students will really like these new recipes. I hope to pick up some new ideas for my breakfast menus using eggs and whole grains. The demos featuring peanut butter and rice bowls should be good, too! I know my students love peanut butter and they also really enjoyed Yumi Rice Bowl during National School Lunch Week a few years ago.

So whether you take in one or all of the Culinary Demonstrations, you’re sure to come away a WINNER with some great new ideas! Got any winning culinary techniques or tips of your own? Share them with your peers in the comments section!

Peggy Eller
ANC Steering Committee Chair

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