Lonsdale Community School hosted a cook-off and dinner this past October in celebration of Food Day and Knoxville’s Food Week. The event was designed to educate students about nutrition, along with sustainable, healthy, and affordable food.
Sysco and UT Culinary Institute provided chefs, including Chris Moore of the Knoxville Convention Center, to cook with students and lead a competition inspired by Food Network’s television show “Chopped.”
Although Second Harvest Food Bank donates food to Lonsdale’s weekend backpack program, students and their families often lack the knowledge to prepare the food provided. Students got hands-on experience learning fun and creative ways to use the items that come in their weekend backpacks.
Food Day is an annual nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food. With so many local organizations supporting nutritious and accessible food, Knoxville and Blount County plan to observe an entire week of events each October.
Sysco, UT Culinary, Food Policy Council, Second Harvest of East Tennessee, Great Schools Partnership, and Knox County Health Department all partnered for the kids cook-off. The positive experience and feedback continues to build anticipation for Food Week 2015!
Learn more about the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council at www.knoxfood.org.