Western Food Service Show

on Thursday, 30 August 2018. Posted in Blog & News

This week, WSPC staff traveled to Los Angeles, California for the Western Food Service and Hospitality Expo. The three-day convention featured everything from healthy foods to coffee. Staff members were able to speak with chefs, distributors, restaurant owners, school system employees, and TV show hosts. WSPC staff passed out free potato peelers, recipes, and information to over 6,000 people! Attendees LOVED our potato peelers and were very excited to learn more about potatoes. Several attendees were curious to learn about what makes Washington potatoes the best. Our long warm days and cool nights create the perfect growing conditions for spuds. Not to mention, our soil is naturally enriched with vitamins and minerals. Washington spuds are a non-GMO, gluten free vegetable that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Many attendees were interested in ordering our delicious Washington potato products since we can ship so easily to California. Without a doubt, this was a worthwhile show, and many people were able to take home an important message: WE GROW THEM BETTER!


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Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

As America’s Favorite Vegetable, potatoes can help provide students with the nutrients and energy they need to do their best during the school day. That’s why it’s important to remind school foodservice operators that potatoes are not only delicious, but also cost-effective and a nutritious addition to the school menu. In partnership with the School Nutrition Association (SNA), two webinars featured potatoes.  The first webinar, “Maximize Your Menus and Minimize Labor Constraints with Potatoes”, showcased potatoes through on-trend, student-friendly menu innovations and solutions to ease labor strains. The second webinar, “Fun Summer Feeding with Potatoes”, showcased how putting potatoes at the center of the plate can enhance summer feeding programs in fresh and fun ways. Both webinars included a live cooking demonstration with Potatoes USA Culinary Director Chef RJ Harvey, RD and Award-Winning Author Dayle Hayes, MS, RD. The demonstrations were pre-recorded in the Potatoes USA Spud Lab and were a big hit with the participants. Webinars Key Takeaways: Nutritional benefits of potatoes at an affordable price How potatoes can limit food waste Ways potatoes can take over as the center of the plate How serving potatoes to children over the summer can be fun Upon webinar completion, attendees were able to earn continuing education credits. All recipes and resources utilized in the webinar are available on the SNA website for future download. Following are some quotes from the operators who were very engaged in the webinar chat. “My favorite Webinar I’ve seen so far this year. VERY helpful and insightful. Well Done!”  “Love Dayle and RJ as a team. Can they please start a cooking youtube series? ‘Dayle and RJ: Potatoes for All!’” “Great webinar, gained new ideas for using potatoes. Thank you!” SNA is recognized as the authority on school nutrition and utilizes weekly webinars to educate their 50,000+ members. For more information on K-12 School Foodservice marketing activities, email potatoesraisethebar@potatoesusa.com.

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