Mushroom Council holds events at college campuses - The Packer

Mushroom Council holds events at college campuses

03/31/2014 12:54:00 PM
Andy Nelson

the mushroom council on campusCourtesy The Mushroom Council The Mushroom Council is sponsoring cooking events at U.S. universities and working with school chefs on menu creation.

Since January, the San Jose, Calif.-based council has held Mushroom Mania events at the University of Southern California, Yale University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of North Texas and other schools, according to a council news release.

Council chefs work with chefs at the schools on incorporating mushrooms and “mushroom blendability” — combining mushrooms with meat to make more healthful versions of menu favorites — into campus cuisine. Other Mushroom Mania events include cooking contests, tasting menus, cooking demonstrations, interactive growing rooms and T-shirt giveaways.

In February at Yale, for instance, mushrooms were the secret ingredient in the 6th Annual Yale University Final Cut Culinary Competition, in which teams of students cook in a format modeled on the “Iron Chef” TV show.

“Mushrooms and mushroom blendability are a natural fit for college students,” the council’s president, Bart Minor, said in the release. “Students are extremely food literate. They demand sustainable, healthy, flavorful and often plant-based foods in their dining halls. Mushroom blendability allows students to eat healthier versions of food they crave like hamburgers, meatballs and tacos.”

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