8/28/19 - Farm to School Food Service Training

  • The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Food Service Program recently held three hands-on trainings for food service staff from its participating districts. The day-long training sessions were funded through a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Farm to School grant which helps connect schools with local farms and food producers to strengthen local agriculture, improve student health and promote regional food systems awareness.

    During the sessions, Chef Tim Hardiman from The Tailor and The Cook led Food Service staff as they cooked and taste-tested several school cafeteria recipes including sesame noodles with chicken and vegetables, chicken tikka masala, kale pesto pizza, seasonal veggie frittata and fresh green bean salad.

    On Aug. 29, the Food Service Program held an all-staff meeting which included mandatory yearly trainings, program updates, an “Ask Me Anything” session with the Department of Health and information from Katie Carpenter of New York Agriculture in the Classroom. For lunch, staff members were able to sample some of the new recipes that will be featured on this year’s school lunch menus.