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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. 

Spring 2020 Taste Test - Cancelled

Due to COVID-19 school closure, our Spring Taste Test (originally scheduled April 15-17) has been cancelled. There are no plans at this time to reschedule for a later date. Thank you for all of the school staff, community volunteers, and student leaders who helped with our True Food Taste Tests this year! 

Previous Taste Tests 

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 have taste tested a variety of recipes featuring local ingredients, Farm to School produce, and unique textures and flavors! Previous taste tests for the 2019-2020 school featured:

Curious to see what other recipes we've taste tested in the past? Check out our full recipe archive HERE

Become a Taste Test Volunteer

Community volunteers play an important role in the True Food Taste Tests! Taste Test volunteers help in school cafeterias to prepare samples, distribute them to students, and generate excitement for these taste tests!  The taste tests happen over three days and volunteers can select which day(s) of the taste test they would like to help. Volunteer shifts take place during lunchtime, typically between 10:00am and 1:30pm. If you are interested in volunteering for a taste test in the future, please email Farm2School@mpls.k12.mn.us to be added to our volunteer contact list. 

Taste Test Testimonials

“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."


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