April 29, 2014
Winner from Wisconsin Named in National Restaurant Association’s Second Annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge
Winners announced in ‘industry tested, kid approved’ challenge hosted in Baltimore, in partnership with McCormick For Chefs® and Healthy Dining
The National Restaurant Association announced the winners of the second annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge, an initiative showcasing restaurants’ culinary ingenuity for creating healthful menu options for children. Sponsored by founding partner McCormick For Chefs®, the Food Away From Home business of McCormick & Company, and Healthy Dining’s team of registered dietitians, the Challenge recognizes delicious and nutritious recipes from children’s menus at restaurants and foodservice establishments nationwide.
The Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge involved an “industry tested, kid approved” approach, with a panel of food and nutrition professionals selecting finalists and approximately 30 children choosing the winners at a tasting event at the McCormick World of Flavors store in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Saturday. Kids chose UW Health as one of the four winning restaurants and foodservice companies.
UW Health’s Swimming Taco (Independent Noncommercial Food Service): One way to get kids to eat fish is to serve it in a whole-wheat corn tortilla, and pair it with diced mango, fresh cabbage and a hint of lime and cilantro. The swimming taco is served with fresh grapes on the side and a frozen banana avocado smoothie. UW Health is comprised of the academic health care entities of the University of Wisconsin-Madison: UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospital and Clinics and UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
The other winners are:
O’Charley’s Cloudy with a Chance of Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza (Multi-unit restaurant company with 20 or more units)
Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School’s Do-Re-For-Me Sandwich (Independent restaurant or company with fewer than 20 units)
Sysco Hampton Road’s Kids Quesa WOW Dilla (Contract Managed Food Service)
“We are thrilled by the positive response and excitement we continue to receive from the restaurant and foodservice industry for the Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge,” said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “The Challenge is a great way to celebrate the industry’s hard work to create and provide healthful options to children. Congratulations to all of the winners on their dishes that are not only inventive, but nutritious and officially kid-approved!”
To participate in the Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge, restaurant and foodservice operators submitted recipes that meet the nutrition guidelines from the National Restaurant Association’s award-winning Kids LiveWell program. A panel of food and nutrition professionals selected two finalists per category.
Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge winners will be recognized at the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago in May.
The Kids LiveWell program launched in July, 2011 in collaboration with Healthy Dining to help parents and children find healthful menu options when dining out. To date, more than 145 brands representing 42,000 restaurant locations nationwide participate in the program. The full list of this year’s Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge finalists and judges, can be found here.
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