We’re getting excited about school food.
Why? Because some of the most talented chefs and school nutrition professionals from across Durham, NC are teaming up to develop unique and delicious recipes for Durham Public Schools. Each team must test their recipe in a school kitchen with real-world conditions — the tools, ingredients, and time constraints school nutrition staff work with everyday.
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How does it work?
The rules of Durham Bowls were written by FIG and Mr. Jim Keaten, Director of Child Nutrition for Durham Public Schools (DPS). In addition to using at least one local ingredient provided by Farmer Foodshare, teams are 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!
Why are we doing this?
Our goals for Durham Bowls are to increase school meal participation, which makes more money available to reinvest in school nutrition and builds more equity into the system. We also want to help our community positively engage with school food so we can work together to make it the best it can be. And finally, we want to increase local food in schools to support our farmers and our regional economy.
Durham Bowls launched in 2018. Each year, new teams are created in April and test their recipes throughout the spring and summer. At a public tasting event held in October (National Farm to School Month!), student judges hand out awards like “Best Use of a Local Ingredient” and “Most Likely to Sell Out at School.” Durham Bowls recipes are then included on DPS lunch menus across all 50+ schools and on restaurant menus around town.
Follow along to see how the Durham community continues to come together to make school food the best it can be.
Durham Bowls is a partnership between Food Insight Group and Durham Public Schools' Child 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.