On Monday, Oct. 24, Center for Science in the Public Interest launched the first Food Day, a national call to action to host events celebrating the eating of healthy food. To mark the occasion, Fairfield Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services department and Fuel for Learning Partnership, a PTA council standing committee, teamed up with Whole Foods Market to host an Iron Chef competition.

Three local chefs worked off a limited list of ingredients to create a dish for Fairfield students to sample. The students, along with parents and staff, voted for their favorite recipe, which will be appearing on the December lunch menu. We had over 350 ballots, with the clear winner being Chef Shawn Russell's Cinch Sliders, named after his new gourmet meal market Cinch. The recipe can be found on the Fairfield Public Schools Food Services webpage www.fairfieldschools.org/parent_resources_food_services.htm.

The event was a huge success, and we have many people to thank for their contributions. Many thanks to Whole Foods Market, which sponsored the event and to the three participating chefs, each of whom prepared an excellent dish that was enjoyed by everyone -- Chef Wayne Uccellini of Osborn Hill School (grilled vegetable sandwich), Chef Michelle Ryan of Whole Foods (sweet potato and apple burrito with dipping sauce) and Chef Shawn Russell of Cinch (Cinch Sliders).

Thank you to Warde High School staff -- custodians and cafeteria manager -- for assisting us throughout the event. Thank you FFLP committee members for your help in publicizing the event. Thank you to Dr. Title (superintendent), Tom Cullen (director of operations), Anna Cutaia-Leonard (director of elementary education), and Sue Brand from the board of education for coming out to support the competition and casting your votes! It was great to see principal Alan Lippman of Osborn Hill School joining the many parents and students who came out to vote for and cheer on their cafeteria manager, Chef Wayne. Thank you to the members of the Warde Key Club for helping us with signage. In particular, many thanks to all of the parents, students, teachers, and staff who joined us in celebrating Food Day.

Joann Fitzpatrick

Food and nutrition svs. mgr.

Michelle McCabe

Fuel for Learning Partnership