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Colorado Department of Education Professional Development - Fundamentals of Menu Planning

Fundamentals of Menu Planning

Audience: Other District/School Staff | Topic: School Nutrition | Hosted by: Office of School Nutrition

Face-to-Face format. Fundamentals of Menu Planning
Face-to-Face format

Fundamentals of Menu Planning 101

Begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m.

This course is designed for menu planners with minimal experience who are directly involved with menu planning. Participants can expect to learn menu planning skills such as learning to use the Food Buying Guide, crediting food components, learning the required menu documentation and Offer vs. Serve.

  • Professional Standards:
    • 1110, 1140, and 1150 Nutrition, Menu Planning 
    • 2120, 2150 Operations, Food Production 

101 Dates and Locations 

  • July 18, 2019, Academy School District 20 Education and Administration Center (1110 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920) 


Fundamentals of Menu Planning 201

 Begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. 

This course is designed for experienced menu planners who want to learn advanced menu planning concepts such as complex recipes, advanced meal pattern crediting, and difficult Offer vs. Serve scenarios. In partnership with LiveWell, Colorado, participants will have the opportunity to strategically plan for increasing participation through meal quality and Farm to School initiatives. 

  • Professional Standards: 
    • 1110, 1140, and 1150 Nutrition, Menu Planning 
    • 2120, 2150 Operations, Food Production 
    • 4120, 4150 Communication and Marketing 

201 Dates and Locations 

  • July 17, 2019, Academy School District 20 Education and Administration Center (1110 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920)


Partner Training 

CDE School Nutrition is partnering with the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to conduct a Menu Planning training open to menu planners as well as food service staff, kitchen managers, and anyone else interested in learning more about menu planning in child nutrition programs. CDE is teaching menu planning from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and is free to attend for all SFAs during that time. BOCES will be coordinating the training from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and has a charge for non-BOCES members for the morning educational sessions. Participants are welcome to attend the afternoon only session. 

Begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

This collaborative training will be: 

  • August 8, 2019, Limon High School (912 Badger Way, Limon, CO 80828)

Event Date and Time

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 8:30am to Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:30pm

Contact Information

Jonathan Padia
padia_j@cde.state.co.us
303-866-3685
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