The 2014 OPAA! Food Management District Recipe Contest was held Thursday, Feb. 20, at Smith-Cotton Junior High School. Sedalia School District 200 Director of Nutrition Services, Rowena Nickell, of OPAA! Food Management Company, declared Pam Petree, a food service worker at Parkview Elementary School, the district winner for this year’s contest after a panel of judges tasted and scored each of the 11 entries. Petree and her winning recipe of Loaded Chicken Tater Tot Casserole will progress to the OPAA’s Regional competition in March.
This year’s annual contest is being co-sponsored by Tyson. In order to qualify, participants had to meet certain criteria for recipe submission. All recipes had to include at least one of five Tyson ingredients. The contest was open to all food service employees from all the school districts operated by OPAA! in Missouri and Kansas. The OPAA! Recipe Contest Finals are slated to take place at Sedalia School District 200 in April.
Opaa! Food Management, Inc., Missouri, is entering its 37th year of operation. Opaa! currently operates the nutrition programs for 121 plus Missouri and Kansas school districts. Opaa! Food Management, based in Chesterfield, Missouri, specializes in serving K-12 school districts, delivering a wide variety of fresh, safe, and nutritious choices, to support a healthy learning environment, at an exceptional value. Photo courtesy Sedalia School District 200.