The National Restaurant Association has announced the winners of the second annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge, an initiative showcasing restaurants' culinary efforts for creating healthful menu options for children.
The event, sponsored by founding partner McCormick For Chefs and Healthy Dining's team of registered dietitians, recognizes nutritious recipes from kids' menus at restaurants and foodservice establishments.
According to a news release, the challenge involves an "industry tested, kid approved" approach, with a panel of food and nutrition professionals selecting finalists and approximately 30 children choosing the winners at a tasting event. Kids chose the following restaurants and foodservice companies as winners:
- O'Charley's Cloudy with a Chance of Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza (Multi-unit restaurant company with 20 or more units): The Cloudy with a Chance of Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza has grilled sirloin meatballs and spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and whole-wheat pizza dough served with apple juice. O'Charley's has more than 230 company-owned locations.
- Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School's Do-Re-For-Me Sandwich (Independent restaurant or company with fewer than 20 units): Organic multigrain oat bread spread with sunflower butter and organic strawberry jam and cut into piano-key sized/shaped pieces, served with a skewer of grapes and water. The pumpernickel bread is cut into smaller pieces and placed on top of the wheat bread to represent black piano keys. Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School has locations in Seattle and Bay Area, Calif.
- Sysco Hampton Road's Kids Quesa WOW Dilla (Contract Managed Food Service): Incorporating whole wheat, lean protein and vegetables, the Kids Quesa WOW Dilla is a chicken quesadilla with broccoli, chicken, peppers and corn, served with a side of grapes and water. Sysco serves approximately 425,000 customers across the U.S., Canada, the Bahamas and Ireland, according to the release.
- UW Health's Swimming Taco (Independent Noncommercial Food Service): Fish served in a whole-wheat corn tortilla, and paired with diced mango, fresh cabbage and a hint of lime and cilantro. The swimming taco is served with fresh grapes on the side and a frozen banana avocado smoothie. UW Health is comprised of the academic health care entities of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.