Community members will be able to taste local recipes Friday night, April 26, and vote for which one should get served up in Whatcom County school cafeterias.
Four different meals were selected as finalists for Whatcom Farm-to-School's Ideal Real Meal contest, which asked students and community members to create school lunch recipes using local winter ingredients.
The Farm-to-School Celebration will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Squalicum High School and will feature tasting and voting for the recipes and meals, as well as interactive booths and other activities.
Judges chose the finalists based on creative use of local winter foods, perceived feasibility to make the recipes in a school kitchen and how well meals meet nutrition standards. Friday will be the first time judges will be able to taste the recipes. Here are the meals that people will have a chance to taste and vote on:
Winter veggie "risotto," with old world pear and blue cheese salad, and grandma's awesome apple cake.
Vegetable, beef and barley "stewp," with cheesy cornbread and "peary" good applesauce.
Fiesta chili with blueberry corn cakes.
Hazelnut Vicki chicken with rosemary roasted roots and honey-pear bread pudding.
Judges will choose a winning meal and a winning item Friday night, and the winners will be served in select schools throughout the county, as well as at Western Washington University.