News Release

  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

For Immediate Release

Laura Smith
BVSD School Food Project


Erie Students to be Treated to Farmer Visit, Chef Demonstrations, Tastings on Colorado Proud Day

BVSD to Serve Colorado-Sourced Meals on September 13th

ERIE - Boulder Valley School District will showcase its commitment to being “Colorado Proud on September 13 with a special event at its new school in Erie and serving local offerings at schools across the district.

BVSD School Food Project will mark Colorado Proud School Meal Day by hosting a Farmer Visit, Chef Demonstration and Tasting at the new Meadowlark K-8 School during lunch.

Colorado Proud Event

When: September 13, 2017

Where: Meadowlark K-8 School, 2300 Sweet Meadow Lane in Erie

Local farmer partners will be at the school during the event to sign their farmer card and share information with the kids such as images of the farm and crops they produce including tomatoes and zucchini.

Stephen Menyhart, BVSD Food Services District Manager for Meadowlark K-8, will provide a chef demonstration and tasting of the local Anasazi beans. Students will receive a CO Proud sticker and Harvest of the Month and farmer collector cards. The event will be managed by Amy Thompson, SFP Program Assistant and Stephen Menyhart, District Manager.

Schedule of Events

11:15 - 11:35 Amy Thompson and Stephen Menyhart welcome all guests. Check in at the front office and meet in the school cafeteria.

11:40 - 12:05 Visit in cafeteria to see lunch program (Kindergarten) in action

12:05 Guests are invited to participate in the chef demonstration and tasting event, followed by lunch and weather permitting, tour of the new school’s outdoor space/garden.

Across the BVSD

Menu offerings, served in lunchrooms across BVSD on September 13th, will include beef nachos with local, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef from Legacy Meats (Kersey, CO); Aspen Creek K-8 Mexican Quinoa Quiche with Keen One quinoa (Boulder, CO), our 2017 Iron Chef-winning recipe; Anasazi beans from Adobe Milling Co. (Dove Creek, CO); Fresh Tomato Pico de Gallo Salsa with tomatoes from Kilt Farm (Niwot, CO); and a variety of local produce on school salad bars, including watermelon from Isabelle (Lafayette, CO) and Kilt Farms, cherry tomatoes from Bayberry Fresh (Ft. Collins, CO) and Kilt Farm, and cucumbers, green bell peppers and zucchini from Ray Domenico Farms (Platteville, CO).

BVSD gives preference in its food purchasing to growers, producers and processors in Boulder and Broomfield counties; then to the surrounding counties (Gilpin, Grand, Larimer, Clear Creek, Arapahoe, Douglas, Weld); then to other areas of Colorado. BVSD’s local purchasing is generally accomplished through direct relationships with farms, dairies, and producers. Food Services works with growers and producers many months in advance to time menu offerings with local harvests. To promote local food procurement, Boulder Valley maintains strategic relationships with nearly a dozen local farmer partners: Boulder County Farmers Markets, Bayberry Fresh, Black Cat Farm, Cure Organic Farm, Fossil Creek Farm, Isabelle Farm, Kilt Farm, Jones Farm Organics, Ollin Farm, Oxford Gardens, Ray Domenico Farm, and Rocky Mountain Fresh. The BVSD School Food Project also works with several other local food vendors. Partnerships with these food producers help to promote local food consumption and nutrition and agricultural education to the greater BVSD community.

Please contact Laura Smith at or by phone at 720-561-6005 if you have questions or would like additional information.

About BVSD’s School Food Project
The BVSD School Food Project (SFP) believes that all children deserve daily access to fresh, flavorful and nutritious food made with wholesome, and when possible, local ingredients so that every child may thrive. In addition to feeding students healthy meals, SFP emphasizes lunchroom education programs to increase students’ food literacy and help them make informed decisions about the types and amounts of food they put in their bodies. All too often children have limited opportunities to learn continuously about food, farming and nutrition. Our program aims to help students make lifelong commitments that support better health and sustainable food systems. Learn more at, and be sure to check out our new page dedicated to Local Food!

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