Thursday, April 15, 2010

Desks Still Available for Tayst's School Lunch Dinner

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Jamie Oliver's popular Food Revolution show on ABC is refocusing America's interest in school lunch programs. As Oliver attempts to change the attitudes of America's unhealthiest city, Huntington, W.Va., by introducing healthier menus to their elementary and high schools, thousands of viewers are signing petitions to expand his efforts around the nation.

Locally, Tayst chef Jeremy Barlow is recruiting a few of his culinary compatriots and friends to put their own spins on cafeteria favorites. As we told you last month, Laura Wilson of Holland House, Will Uhlhorn of F. Scott’s, Danny Maggipinto of Caffe Nonna and Guerry McComas of The Yellow Porch will be offering their takes on courses chosen by students at Glendale Spanish Immersion Elementary School, based on their own personal favorite lunch food. The dinner is Monday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m.

The winning dishes and the chefs who will be playing with them are:

Laura Wilson, Holland House: Pancakes

Danny Maggipinto, Caffe Nonna: Mac-n-cheese

Will Uhlhorn, F. Scott's: Pizza

Jeremy Barlow, Tayst: Sandwich

Guerry McComas, The Yellow Porch: Ice cream and cake

There are also rumors of house-made animal crackers and gummy worms, so consider yourself forewarned.

According to Chef Barlow, the interesting answers were: tilapia, sushi, Thai spring rolls, steak and bacon, pasta with pine nuts and raisins. The scary answers: cookies for breakfast, gummy worm sandwich, fried dough for breakfast.

The sad fact: only three veggies listed in any spot on all of the results. Strawberries, apples and oranges were among the winners for fruit. The full results of the poll will be available for diners the evening of the dinner if you're interested.

The cost per person is $70, including juice boxes of wine. (Just kidding about the juice box part.) Of the cost, $50 will be donated to Manna-Food Security Partners’ Growing Healthy Kids initiative, which aims to help concerned citizens advocate for healthy changes in the school food environment. The initiative is a grass-roots movement led by parents and teachers, with training and technical assistance provided by Manna-FSP. The initiative provides training and resources to help parents and teachers implement on-the-ground projects (school gardens, food systems education, etc.) and provides advocacy training to help build community-wide support for healthy school food efforts.

It's always enjoyable to watch chefs play with their food, and the evening promises to be very casual and interactive. If you're interested in joining the fun call Tayst ASAP to make your reservation so they can save a seat for you at the cool kids' table. Come hungry.

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