Advanced Child Care Meal Quality Forums

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The Advanced MQ Forums are intended for experienced cooks who have more advanced culinary, menu planning, and meal service skills.

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Advanced MQ Forums

Forums are identical. Register for ONE date only.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 1:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

CACFP Meal Patterns and Recipes: This session will provide a brief overview on the CACFP meal patterns; present key techniques to reading, standardizing, and crediting recipes; showcase how to incorporate cultural food profiles into menus; provide guidance to assist CACFP Operators with the requirement to credit grains as ounce equivalents (effective October 1, 2021); and highlight the USDA online Food Buying Guide tools that will help to simplify menu planning and crediting. All attendees will receive a toolkit with resources to help them prepare a variety of nutritious meals that meet the CACFP meal patterns. Speakers: Jennifer McNeil, RDN, SNS, LunchAssist founder and Courtney Hardoin, MS, RD, Nutrition Education Consultant, California Department of Education

Kitchen Time and Reflection: Calling all cooks! This interactive session will provide guidance on food safety and working safely in the kitchen, and will guide participants virtually through a hands-on cooking class where participants can prepare a USDA-developed standardized recipe from scratch, with an emphasis on working smarter, not harder, in the kitchen. All attendees will receive a toolkit with produce safety resources and tools to assist with the culinary skills activities. Chef: Kristine Smith, MS, RD, Senior Director of Neighborhood House Association, San Diego, CA


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