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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

County Food Workshop

We got together with all the clubs in the county to present information that would be helpful in the upcoming 4H Food Show. We always have a contest for making the best dish in various categories.  In order to compete in the contest, it is best to have a well-rounded food resume.  This means having learning experiences, community service opportunities, and knowing the nutrients and values in a very well planned dish. 

Tonight we were able to help create an opportunity for learning and community service.  We asked each member to bring canned goods for our local food pantry as an 'admission price' for the workshop. 

Senior team in action
Mixed age team presenting
their version of the ingredients
First, we had a mock contest demonstration for a new contest called Food Challenge.  This contest is much like the TV show Iron Chef.  The members are given a set of ingredients and a clue that helps them determine the recipe.  The team closest to the correct recipe at the end of 40 minutes is awarded the prize.  However, to make it a true learning experience, the teams must also present the judges a clear explanation about the nutritional value of the ingredients, kitchen safety tips used, and cost analysis.  This must be done in a way to include all members of the team throughout the presentation.  The judges are allowed to ask questions if they feel like not enough information is given or clarification is needed.  They are only given 2 minutes to present their information.

After the contest demo, we had two main stations--the smoothie station and the My Plate.  Sean and Henry took on the job of presenting the new nutritional program, My Plate.  We created a power point presentation to talk about the different parts of the plate (shown below).

This is the icon for MyPlate which replaced MyPyramid in June 2011. The new MyPlate icon is composed of a plate divided into 4 sections: fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. A dairy section is off the plate to the side. The MyPlate graphic is positioned on a placemat with the website written underneath. The 5 sections of MyPlate are clickable and go to food group subpages.

Creating a balanced meal
with food cards after presentation
I thought it was funny because the boys did a great presentation for the first group that came through; however, the pull of smoothies was too much.  They begged to go to the smoothie presentation for the second round!  It worked out well in the end.  One of the other members, Joseph, volunteered to take over the presentation with my help.  That was great leadership for him and he made it a funny second round!  Thanks for your help, Joseph! 

We ended the night by cleaning up.  While doing that the county extension agent asked us if we would be willing to decorate for the Gold Star Banquet next week.  So, now the wheels they are a turnin' as three 4H moms set to work to transform the 4H building into the Texas State Fair!  More on that next week!

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