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Back for a second year, Feeding the Future unites top Phoenix chefs and high school students from around the Valley to create a new vision for school food. The event is hosted by the Blue Watermelon project, an initiative of Slow Food Phoenix.

With mentorship from professional chefs, six teams of high school students have crafted meals that adhere to both the nutritional and budgetary restrictions of the National School Lunch Program. Each team spent months testing and costing recipes with the help of Blue Watermelon Project chefs to better understand the challenge schools face everyday: how to provide delicious, nutritious and affordable lunches to students.

On Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at The Farm at South Mountain, attendees can taste and see these reimagined cafeteria trays at a special tasting event and competition. Students and their mentor chefs will serve samples of their school lunches, alongside bites, drinks and desserts from other Blue Watermelon chefs.

A panel of judges also will select one team to receive scholarships from the Blue Watermelon project. Attendees will be invited to vote and help select one team for a People’s Choice Award.