Friday Four: Taste Testing Fun!

I was asked: What potential invitees, templates for interactive activities, and types of foods to offer during a taste testing.

Well let me jump right into it.

  1. KNOW YOUR GOALS. Before doing a taste test, establish a few goals that are easy to communicate. Are you implementing a taste test program to expand children’s food choices? Promote or introduce local foods? Encourage healthier snack or lunch choices brought from home?

     2. LOCATION-

Yogurt shop              Sandwich shop           Pizza shop        Bakeries                Schools

Libraries                    Churches                     Parks                  Rec Centers         Farm sites

Really just about any specialty shop will jump on this opportunity! 

Here’s a great timeline I grabbed from the DOE

Pick two or three items you are considering for a taste test. Poll some of your school’s students, administrators, teachers, school nurse and parents. Ask them which they would like to sample. The school community will take a greater interest if they are part of the planning.-Ruethers

apple-comparison  3.  Food Selection and Safety- This is a big one.

— Make sure your packaging is professionally done, and meets all federal, state and local labeling laws. To learn more about these, go to http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/label.html.

— You have to be especially careful when listing your ingredients — too much detail and you’ve given away your recipe, too little and you haven’t sufficiently warned people with food allergies (for help with disclosure laws regarding the most common allergens, go to http://www.foodallergy.org/advocacy/labeling.html).

— Make sure to state clearly, both on the label and verbally to each taster, if there are any ingredients (such as peanuts or gluten) that you know a significant number of people in your community are allergic to.

Most attendees at street fairs and church functions won’t sign liability releases, but you can give each taster a one-page flyer about your products (perhaps with a coupon toward a future purchase) that contains all of your liability disclaimers and warnings; and if you do not know the Heimlich maneuver, make sure there is someone nearby who does (please don’t laugh — when people are eating and giving you verbal feedback at the same time there is a greater than usual choking risk).

4. Getting Help  This could be the most challenging part. but it can be done! Need                ideas? See here!

BONUS TIPS: The Invite-

  

Chili cook off

You are invited to put your culinary skills to the test
at John and Jill’s first annual chili cook off.
You think you have the winning recipe to beat your fellow contestants?
Chili will be judged on spiciness, flavor and originality
in a blind taste test.
Prizes awarded for first, second and third place.
Bring the heat and come hungry.
Destined to become a tradition.
Date and time
Location
Address
City, State

PROMOTIONS & MARKETING-       MAKE THE TASTE TESTS FUN AND INVITING

In addition to making sure your food samples are tasty and appealing, think creatively about other ways you can make the overall taste test experience fun. This way, students will be likely to eat better.

  • Place signs and posters throughout the school and at the cafeteria entrance. This will generate interest in the taste test.
  • Use posters and balloons to make the taste test visually appealing.
  • Play music as part of the promotion to generate excitement.
  • Include games related to the foods being served: play “Match the Grain Game” (asking students to look at whole grains in their original form and see if they can identify them), or play the “Mystery Game” (placing fresh fruits and vegetables in a paper bag and asking students to identify them by touch).
  • Ask servers to wear costumes or dress in the color of the day (based on the color of the food you’re serving). This can be especially fun if you’ve recruited the principal to be one of the servers! tcwf fruits
  • Give away gifts and prizes. Stickers with healthy food messages and age-appropriate key chains, pencils and other school supplies are fun for younger and older kids alike.

REINFORCE MESSAGES ABOUT MAKING BETTER FOOD CHOICES.

Take advantage of the taste test as a time to communicate core messages about the featured foods, especially their health benefits.

  • Place decorative, informational posters in the doorway of the cafeteria on a taste test day.
  • Make your messages to students short, appealing — and age-appropriate. Support what students just learned at your taste test about eating better.
  • Distribute stickers, raffle tickets or other promotional items along with the food — and make sure that the promotional items also communicate key health messages.
  • Place table tents with nutrition education messages about the featured food group and its health benefits.

SERVE GOOD-SIZED SAMPLES — AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PLENTY TO GO AROUND

No one like small samples. Three ounces of a new beverage will be a bigger hit than just one ounce of the drink, while a quarter of a sandwich will give kids a better chance to get a sense of the food than just one bite.

The Score Card

Product:______________________________

Participant 1                              I tried It                    I Liked It                        I’ll Eat It Again

After it’s over, follow up! It’s the one thing you can do to build a strategic foundation for a smooth sailing round two- three and so on. Now relax! You’re gonna have a great time! Have fun and let me know how it goes !!!!!

Kelle, QC Supermom

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Mamas Bonus: Disney On Ice-Worlds Of Fantasy Give Away!

Dis-neys coming, Dis- neys coming, DISNEYS COMING!  Are you ready?

 

It’s almost time again for Disney on Ice, which will return to the arena this fall with Worlds of Fantasy for nine shows, running from Wednesday, Oct. 10 – Sunday, Oct. 14.

Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney·Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever! From wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories. 

 

Truly one the the perks of motherhood!- QC Super Mom

The kiddos and I will be attending  opening night, at 7pm. I haven’t told them yet. I want it to be a surprise.  I will come back and tell you all about it! I can’t wait.

Disney NEVER disappoint!  Their shows are always amazing. I like to look at the details most folks over look, like the live music, the costumes, and the energy level of the excited children beside me. My boys focus remains on the interactive, bright, action packed show. They love to dance and act like lil monkeys on pure caffeinated- banana juice and those girls of mine, well their attention is usually a toss up!  All in all, everyone leaves SATISFIED! O’Gosh, I can’t wait- I can’t wait -I cant wait! 🙂

 

A SPECIAL OFFER FOR YOU!

Join me on opening night! That’s right one lucky family will win a family 4 pack!

Here’s how to win them-Listen up!

1. Get a friend to Like TheQCSupermom on Facebook and have them answer the following question in the comments: This show is all about Fantasy. What is your fantasy car?
2. Tweet @QCSuperMOM The name of your favorite Disney character using hashtag, #”Fantasy
Simple right? Good Luck & share the fun! Winner will be notified on the 8th- right before dinner!
                 Or purchase them now at a nice discount! Queen City Stay At Home Moms has a hook up for you!We can offer you a $6 discount on select shows -click that photo to the right  (your welcome! Just use code MOM when purchasing them online! )

Please make a note that you will still be responsible for service, facility and handling fees.This contest ends at noon, Oct 7. One winner will be picked at random from all entries. The winner’s user name or Facebook name will be posted on this post by 9 p.m Oct. 8th and an email will be sent to the winner, if possible. The winner must respond by 5 p.m. Oct. 9th or a runner-up will be selected. Good luck!

Wednesday Wow: Sesame Street LIVE! Elmo Super Heros!

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Sunny days sweeping the clouds away………….LET ME TELL YOU HOW TO VISIT SESAME STREET!

Sesame Street Live is coming to Charlotte, NC  {the Bojangles Arena    2700 East Independence Blvd, Charlotte}

The show is titled, “Elmo’s Super Heroes.” and I couldn’t be more pumped!  This will be our first Sesame Street live show!

Amen LOVES Elmo from Sesame Street – what toddler doesn’t?!  So, this show should be exceptionally thrilling for him! Look for my pictures on Monday!

Want to know what the show is going to be about?  Here’s the synopsis:

Calling all super heroes!  Super Grover has lost his super-ness!  Never fear, the fabulous five Super Heroes are here — featuring Elmo as Captain Fuzzy!  Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Zoe and all their furry friends are on a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover.  Singing and dancing their way through fun lessons on healthy habits, they discover how exercise, rest, nutritious food and good hygiene can save Super Grover — and turn your children into Super Heroes, too!  You’ll be feeling good when Elmo’s Super Heroes! comes to town!  Image

There are going to be 8 performances.  Each of the performances are 90 minutes long with a 15 minute intermission.

Friday  10:30 am & 7:00 pm

Saturday  10:00 am & 2:0 pm

Sunday  1:00 pm & 4:30 pm

Ticket prices: Tickets cost $15, $20, and $25. Golden Circle for $35 and Sunny Seats for $60. Sunny Seats feature front row seats and a pre-show meet and greet with the performers. For more info, call 704-335-3100 or visit http://www.bojanglescoliseum.com.

  • Additional fees/surcharges may apply.

:: Save $3 on Select Tickets! ::

Enter the code “Ernie” in the Promotion Box during check out.

::  Two lucky families will win a family pack of 4 tickets on Friday morning at QC Supermom’s Facebook page! 

Here’s  a chance to win them-

Okay here are the OFFICIAL, gotta follow to the “T” rules for entry. You must be a new LIKE. (Sorry current friends)  I want to know more about you. So tell me what’s your favorite video from Sesame street. Then post it here! It’s just that simple. You have till FRIDAY MORNING AT 7 am to enter! My most favorite Sesame video is I LOVE my Hair’. Oh, & one last bit of info…..because the show is this weekend, & traffic is really low right now on my page, it’s anyone’s tickets!  I have 2 family four packs to give away- it can easily be yours!  – QC Supermom


I have been provided with tickets for my time on this post/project.  Participation in this program is voluntary.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Here’s your Ringling Bros Contest reminder…….. It’s coming!

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Print the sheet your your lil one!

 

Do you love the circus? I admit, I never went as a child. I’ve been going for 3 years now & have yet to be disappointed! As I heard this show is going to be out of this world! Children of all ages will enjoy acts from groups around the world, filled with stunsts and dare-devilry!! Come and see Tabayara, a dynamic animal trainer whose rare ability to communicate with animals allows him to ride rearing stallions at a fully charged gallop and orchestrate majestic four-ton Asian Elephants in a symphony of dance. Amazing!

I’m really looking forward to joining my Supermoms on Wednesday February,1st 2012 at 6 p.m.

I have ONE  set of  “family four-packs” of tickets to give away for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s. Each pack includes a awesome resepction before the show on opening day, PLUS  the joy of hanging with me and my munchkins (the tickets are much higher value, I know.)

Here’s how to win: Comment below or on my Facebook page with the your desire to win or your favorite post from QC Moms in the past month. Just briefly let us know why it’s your favorite, by Tuesday, Jan. 31- NO exceptions! (The more entries you make the better your chances are for winning!)

You MUST be able to pick up your tickets at Time Warner Cable Arena, in Charlotte.

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**You can get a discount to these awesome shows by using: BIG TOP as your discount code.