New York School Nutrition Director Wins Nationwide Cranberry-Mushroom Recipe Contest

Cranberry Marketing Committee USA / Mushroom Council Award $500 Prize for the Next Great Cranberry-Mushroom Creation

Teal Carpenter, School Nutrition Director at Gloversville Enlarged School District in Gloversville, NY was declared the $500 grand prize winner in the 2015 Cranberry Marketing Committee USA / Mushroom Council Search for the Next Great Cranberry-Mushroom Recipe Contest. School foodservice professionals from across the country submitted their best school foodservice recipe concept featuring cranberries (America’s Original Superfruit®) and mushrooms. Carpenter came out on top for her creative concept of chicken stir-fry with mushrooms, cranberries, and sugar peas.

The Cranberry Marketing Committee USA (CMC), in partnership with the Mushroom Council (MC) asked school foodservice employees at the annual School Nutrition Association conference for their clever cranberry-mushroom creations in this first-ever nationwide school foodservice contest. Carpenter was awarded $500 and will serve as a “consultant” as the recipe is developed into a tested, creditable school foodservice recipe.

“Cranberries and mushrooms are a winning combination that add texture, flavor, color and nutrients to meals year-round. We were delighted at the creative entries of unique, kid-friendly school foodservice recipe ideas featuring the delicious duo of cranberries and mushrooms. We look forward to working with Carpenter to develop her winning concept into a tested, creditable school foodservice recipe that will be featured on CranberryFoodserviceUSA.com,” said Michelle Hogan, Executive Director of the Cranberry Marketing Committee USA.

Winner Teal Carpenter loves cooking with cranberries and mushrooms for their great versatility in sweet and savory dishes. A veteran in school foodservice, Carpenter often combines a variety of healthy and tasty ingredients to find the perfect meal that is delicious and nutritious for her students.

“Since cranberries and mushrooms both credit in the school lunch program and are available through the USDA foods program (USDA Foods Available List), it makes sense to combine this flavorful duo in school foodservice recipe concepts. We were thrilled to see the variety of ideas and are looking forward to the recipe development of the winning concept,” said Kathleen Preis, Marketing Manager at the Mushroom Council.

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