Taste testing vital for new meal additions

Testing of whole-wheat options imperative for new school meal pattern.

June 4—As part of a food testing organized by the Frederick County (Md.) Schools food service department, 10 freshmen and sophomores sampled various lunch dishes and tried to determine which ones would be most appealing as school cafeteria food.

The chili didn’t really make the cut, but the teriyaki chicken earned a high score. And so did the pizza, even though it was made with whole-grain crust.For Frederick County Public Schools food services director Judith Gordon, that was good news.

As part of new federal regulations, which will become effective in the fall, schools in the county are required to serve only multi-grain dough-based products, Gordon said.

So food service workers have been looking for months for a multi-grain pizza that actually appeals to students. Until Thursday, they had not had any luck, Gordon said.