Using their fingers or plastic forks, dozens of people invited to South Hagerstown High School on Wednesday tasted a variety of potential new menu items as the county school system moves toward offering students healthier foods that use fresher ingredients.
Most of the items were new, such as a curried chicken wrap and Asian vegetable noodle lettuce wraps, and others were an attempt at a healthier version of existing dishes offered at schools, said Jeff Proulx, supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services for Washington County Public Schools.
The tasting was the culmination of a six-day culinary “boot camp” in which three local chefs worked with food and nutrition workers from seven county public schools to improve their culinary skills and prepare new dishes that could make their way onto school menus.
Traditionally, many school meals are precooked, and cafeteria workers reheat the meals for students, Proulx said.
With a national push toward healthier school meals, some school workers got lessons in cooking from scratch, including learning knife skills, organizers said.