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True Food Taste Tests
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True Food Taste Tests

True Food Taste Tests
Three times each school year, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services hosts True Food Taste Tests during lunch in elementary and middle schools to expose students to new flavors and food, and to encourage adventurous eating habits. True Food Taste Tests for the 2019-20 school year will take place in November 2019, February 2020, and April 2020.

Fall True Food Taste Test: November 13-15

Three Sisters Soup

Our Fall Taste Test will feature a Three Sisters Soup--made with butternut squash, corn, and beans. This recipe is based on the indigenous farming tradition of growing these three crops (corn, beans, and squash) together. 

Volunteer for our Fall True Food Taste Test

MPS Culinary & Wellness Servicse is seeking volunteers to help at schools on on November 13, 14, and/or 15 during lunch, typically between 10:00am and 1:30pm. Volunteers help to prepare samples, distribute them to students, and generate excitement for the dish that students are sampling. Please email if you would like to learn more and/or sign up to be a taste test volunteer. 


We will update these resources for each taste test!
Recipe Try making our taste test items at home!
Poster You might see these hanging up at taste test schools! 
Outreach Language Copy and paste a sample newsletter blurb, PA announcement, and more! 
Everything You Need to Know  A cheat-sheet for schools and volunteers about the taste test 
Math/Science Worksheet Themed lessons tied to the taste test item 
English/Social Studies Worksheet Themed lessons tied to the taste test item 


“I love that it introduces real foods to the kids-it's a fun way to engage with the kids about healthy eating and creative thinking."
"I appreciate the opportunity for kids to try things they may not have a chance to at home. One of the students tried it, and told me he was thinking of going to a culinary school to be a chef, so he wants to try all different foods."
"It was a fun, simple way to introduce new flavors to the kids, and it was very low-stakes, so the kids felt comfortable accepting or declining the new food item."


With support from The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-op, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services began our True Food Taste Tests in 2013. Since then, we've taste tested a variety of recipes featuring local ingredients, Farm to School produce, and unique textures and flavors! Curious what recipes we've taste tested in the past? Check out the recipes HERE


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