This Past April I received this Email…
Have a budding chef at home? We’re calling all kids, aged 8 – 12, to work with their parent or guardian to create an original lunch recipe that’s healthy, affordable and tasty. One recipe from every state and territory in the United States will be chosen, and the winner and their parent or guardian will win a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the White House Kids State Dinner with the First Lady!
Can We Do This???
Oh Yes We Can!
The Initial Cut is Three Winners from Each State.
The Recipes are then Taste Tested in the White House Kitchen. One Winner from Each State is Chosen.
Lunch at the White House. A Special Cookbook.
Meet the First Lady.
Maybe Meet the President.
Memories to Fill the Soul.
I Was Certain We Had the Perfect Recipe. The Best Story about the Dish. The Catchiest Title.
And the Cutest Kid Chef.
We Entered the Contest…
And Here’s the Next Email!!!
The recipe you submitted to The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ “State Dinner” contest on behalf of your child has advanced to the next round of judging. Over the next few weeks, our judges will be reviewing your submission – and tasting your recipe – to choose the winner from your state.
We Didn’t have Time to Test the Recipe before Submission. Uhhh, I’ll Repeat that Last Line…
Child’s Healthy Eating Tip and Favorite Vegetable:
My healthy eating tip is to eat lots of fruit and vegetables and no junk food. Also you need to exercise. At my school I love to go to the Healthy Body/Healthy Mind after-school program. It is fun. I also have gym class, I ride my bike and I dance ballet. Eating fruits and vegetable, no junk and exercising is my healthy tip.
And for Our Little Chef…Matilda Jane.
A Fun Dress to Show Her Spunk and Represent Our State…
So Close…So Very Close.
We Might Even Meet the President. I was Sure We Would(!)
Thank you again for participating in the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which received over 1,200 recipe entries featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients. As your recipe was a finalist for your state, we have attached a special certificate that you can share with your family and school in recognition of your efforts and creativity in promoting cooking and healthy eating.
We encourage you to continue cooking and making healthy choices, and share your recipes and ideas with others in your community.
We’re Not Going to the White House.
The Winning Recipes from All 50 States Are Compiled in this Cookbook for 2016…
New Mexico ShrimPosole and Chinese Antipasto are Not in the 2016 Cookbook.
Congratulations to All the Winners.
Maybe Next Year will Bring the Magic.
Here’s Our Important Lesson…TEST THE RECIPE FIRST!
And Always Love the Magic. 🙂