Annual CFISD food tasting event at Berry Center draws thumbs up

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Pulled pork flatbread taco is being served by the vendors that were present at the Annual CFISD Food Tasting event, hoping that their food will be selected for next year’s district menu.

Gerardo Garcia

Pulled pork flatbread taco is being served by the vendors that were present at the Annual CFISD Food Tasting event, hoping that their food will be selected for next year’s district menu.

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Gray clouds covered the sky and ice patches covered the road as I headed to attend the CFISD Annual Food Tasting Event. My friend Jazmine Salamanca’s and my palette awaited a tasting testing adventure.

Salamanca said that she thought it’s very important that the community gets to choose what will be served to the kids next year, and it’s also crucial that the kids are invited so they can get to choose what they want to eat next year and actually get to try the food as well.

When we got to the event I was greeted by an information table, where I had to write down my name,  where I went to school, and had to pick up a score sheet, on which I would score the foods I tasted on a scale of one to three, one being not the best and three being the best.

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Platters with servings of fried chicken and two types of orange chicken were served at the annual CFISD Food Tasting event.

As I entered the room where the food was, I saw the color scheme of orange and blue and the food stands were named after anything Astros related due to their World Series win. Walking around the room I noticed the diverse groups of people coming together to choose the future of food for the district.

The first food I tasted was a pulled pork taco served with salsa which tasted of authentic Mexican food. Making my way around the room I noticed it was ranging from drinks to desserts and health foods.

The second item I tasted, which was my favorite out of all the food items I tasted, was the buffalo wings platter that was served. It had a good kick to it where, I tasted the spice but it wasn’t too hot which is going to be good for the general public. The other items food I tasted included an orange chicken that tasted like an imitation of the orange chicken from Panda Express.

I headed to a fruit drink stand where I was handed a cup of raspberry juice which tasted very fresh and not too sweet like most fruit drinks.The last items of food I tasted included a feta cheese with spinach pizza which was a great healthy take on a classic dish, and a honey biscuit accompanied with a fried chicken breast on the side, which looked like a homemade chicken dish and tasted like it as well, with a good mixture of sweet and savory.

My fellow food taster said that It made her feel like she will make an impact on the food that will be served next year and it was also good that she got to taste some of it and give her input on the food that will be served for the next school year.

The event ended on a high note as the people were well fed from the wide range of food choices and the score cards were turned in to be evaluated by the board. There was also a raffle being held to give away two bikes, one being for a boy and the other being for a girl.

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Food tasting attendees had the opportunity to win a bike in a raffle.

Although this is held every year the impact it makes on the district and on its community is significant because it is going to influence what kind of food the kids are going to have available for them at their school.