School foodservice professionals from ten school districts in Florida helped spark ideas for fresh and nutritious menu ideas for more than 350 attendees of a school foodservice event in north Florida,

Produce featured in menu ideas for school food professionalsCalled the Beyond the Lunch Lady North Florida Conference, at Union High School in Lake Butler, Fla., the Aug. 6 event included state and national guest speakers who focused on new menu development, kitchen safety, honing culinary cutting skills and other topics.

The participating food managers from each of the 10 school districts prepared from “scratch” nutritious and easy-to-prepare menu items that included broccoli and cauliflower salad, watermelon salad, poached/herb infused breast of chicken; roasted garlic mashed cauliflower and roasted fingerling potatoes from Hastings, Fla.

“The ‘Beyond the Lunch Lady’ conference was organized to give school food service professionals some extra educational, professional and personal support to help them start the new school year on positive note,” said Sue Tatum, conference organizer with Vinca Marketing & Communications, said in the release.