Durham Bowls

We’re getting excited about school food.

Why? Because some of the most talented chefs and school nutrition managers 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 Mr. Jim Keaten, Director of Child Nutrition for Durham Public Schools (DPS). 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!

 
Team Turquoise  preparing locally grown collards, chickpea nuggets, and mac n’ cheese — all vegan and kid approved

Team Turquoise preparing locally grown collards, chickpea nuggets, and mac n’ cheese — all vegan and kid approved

Team Black  with nutrition staff from EK Powe Elementary School and the Big Dipper Bowl — chicken, carrot dip, and lots of local veggies

Team Black with nutrition staff from EK Powe Elementary School and the Big Dipper Bowl — chicken, carrot dip, and lots of local veggies

 

the process

Durham Bowls launched in 2018. Teams were created in April and tested their recipes throughout the spring and summer. At a public tasting event in October, student judges deliberated and handed out awards like “Best Use of a Local Ingredient” and “Most Likely to Sell Out at School.” Durham Bowls are now debuting on 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.

 
Team Purple  plates their Chickpea and Chicken Buddha Bowl

Team Purple plates their Chickpea and Chicken Buddha Bowl

 

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.

 
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