Mushroom, meat combo taco wins at PMA Foodservice - The Packer

Mushroom, meat combo taco wins at PMA Foodservice

07/31/2012 03:27:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Mushroom CouncilA taco featuring a mushroom and ground beef blend won first place for the Mushroom Council in the Chef Demo Challenge at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference.

Culinary Institute of America chef Doug Goettsch cooked the tacos at the annual competition July 21 in Monterey, Calif., whose theme this year was healthy and flavorful children’s menus.

The San Jose-based council’s recipe used an equal mix of white mushrooms and 80% lean ground beef in the blend, according to a news release.

The week before the Monterey event, School Nutrition Association annual conference attendees in Denver sampled the blend in a meatball recipe from the National Food Service Management Institute.

The Mushroom Council is touting the concept of swapping some meat content for mushrooms as a way to help meet U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition standards requiring schools to serve vegetables daily at lunch and reduce sodium and calories.

“If we are to meet PMA’s goal to increase produce usage in foodservice by 2020 as well as the new school nutrition meal pattern, we need to not just deliver nutrition, but provide simple, tasty alternatives,” Bart Minor, council president, said in the release.

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Marty Jamieson    
Hawaii  |  August, 01, 2012 at 05:43 PM

excellent! Learned the value of both mushroom compost and mushroom burgers in the little town of Madisonville, Texas. Their mushroom festival is a hoot with 15K people attending and being served wine, mushrooms, and True Texas hospitality.

Janice Goodbee    
New Orleans, La.  |  August, 03, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Why not print the recipe? We can try it and sugest to school food service,

malissa Marsden    
Florida  |  September, 10, 2012 at 02:03 PM

The Mushroom Council has published them on their web site

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