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School kitchen teams create gingerbread masterpieces

Students who ate breakfast or lunch in their school cafeteria this week found something a little out of the ordinary – a whimsical gingerbread house created by their school kitchen staff.  It turns out the people who prepare and serve delicious, nutritious meals (more than 784,000 breakfasts and 3.7 million lunches annually!) to Cherry Creek Schools students are also talented gingerbread artists!

There were majestic mansions, clever cottages and everything in between. They were deliciously decorated and inhabited by all kinds of culinary creatures, from marshmallow snowmen to pine trees made out of lasagna noodles tinted with green food coloring. It was all part of a fun-filled contest sponsored by the district’s Food and Nutrition Services Department.

“It’s about esprit de corps,” said Beth Wallace, director of Food and Nutrition Services. “Teamwork – our kitchen staff members working together to surprise the students.”

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​First Place - Holly Hills Elementary
​Second Place - Thunder Ridge Middle School
​Third Place - Highline Community Elementary

The winners of the contest were:
•    First place – Holly Hills Elementary School, Justine Hardten, Kitchen Manager
•    Second place – Thunder Ridge Middle School, Holly Sherry, Kitchen Manager
•    Third place- Highline Community Elementary School, Misty Manzanares, Kitchen Manager
•    District award – District Catering, Graylyn Farris and Daniel Dufresne

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On Friday before winter break, there will be a drawing at each participating school. One lucky student who eats breakfast or lunch at school will get to take the gingerbread house home. At the elementary level, another student will win a gingerbread house kit. Happy Holidays!

Posted 12/18/2014 3:18 PM
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