Durham Bowls is an exciting event to convene our community around school food.

Chefs and School Nutrition Managers from across Durham have formed 10 teams, and each has developed a unique and delicious recipe – a meal in a bowl – to compete in the inaugural Durham Bowls competition.

The rules of the competition were written by Mr. Jim Keaten, Director of Child Nutrition for Durham Public Schools (DPS). Teams were asked to meet the same strict requirements Mr. Keaten faces when developing recipes for students in Durham. That means a tight budget, limited kitchen tools, and strict nutritional requirements. It isn’t easy, but the experienced School Nutrition Staff and the chefs of “America’s Foodiest Small Town” are up for the challenge!

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, we invite you to join us for the unveiling of these new and innovative recipes! Teams will offer tastings of their Bowl, and a panel of high-powered judges (DPS students) will present the awards.

We hope to see you there!

The launch

On Monday, April 16th, Durham Bowls was officially launched at The Durham Hotel. Our Chefs and School Nutrition Managers got together for the first time to form teams, get to know each other, and begin working on their recipe concepts. 

We enjoyed a delicious lunch, generously provided by participating chef, Andrea Reusing, and her wonderful staff. Photography and videography services were provided by Justin Cook of Justin Cook Photo and Saleem Reshamwala of KidEthnic. We look forward to showing you what they create at our Durham Bowls tasting event in October!

You can read more about the Durham Bowls launch event here.


Our Chefs and School Nutrition Managers getting to know each other at the kickoff event


Photos by Justin Cook for Durham Bowls


Durham Bowls is a partnership between Food Insight Group and Durham Public Schools' School Nutrition Services. Durham Bowls is a fiscally sponsored project of Upstream Works, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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