Blend the Rules Winners Announced

Blend the Rules was an in cafeteria promotion that challenged school nutrition professionals to “Blend the Rules” using fresh or IQF diced mushrooms.

Congratulations to the Winners:

Grand Prize Winner

Fantastic Fun with Fungi – Bethel School District, Eugene, OR

By offering cooked vs. raw mushrooms along with engagement and education we increased the quantity of mushrooms that were offered by 25%. Less than 10% of product was returned to the kitchen which leads us to believe our campaign was a success. One excited kindergartener exclaimed, “I loved it! It was so good! I popped the whole thing in my mouth. It was great!” – Jennie Kolpak

Second Place

Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, Chittenden VT

The students created and cooked their own foods to share. These students began trying things they had never tried before. When we started talking about mushrooms the group really took flight. They had a contest of their own to determine who could come up with the best mushroom recipe.” – Sandra Gardyne


Third Place

Marion Elementary, Allen, TX

One of our leaders attended the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit last summer and thought that the blended burger activity they did was cool and brought the idea to us. Students developed their own recipes and created cooking video and posted them on social media which was sent to teachers and parents to get the student body excited and involved. We recieved 13 awesome entries.” – Kera Williams

Runners Up

1. Chicopee Public Schools, Chicopee MA
2. J. Sterling Morton High School, Cicero IL
3. Greenville Public Schools, Greenville SC
4. Victor Central Schools, Victor NY