The Kids’ State Dinner is a White House original in many ways — it’s not only the first time the guests of honor are ALL under the age of 13, it’s also the first time the White House kitchen has served a formal meal where the entire menu was created by “chefs” who have no formal training. But Executive Chef Cris Comerford and Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses say they learned a thing or two about healthy cooking from the young winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. [LetsMove.gov]
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More than 50 children from across the country are gathering at the White House for the first kids’ “state dinner,” a luncheon hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. The 54 children ages 8 to 12 are winners of Mrs. Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which asked children and their parents to create original, nutritious lunch recipes representing each of the food groups as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challent. More than 1,200 children entered. [CBS News]