EXTENSION OFFICE: 4-H Food Showdown held; cookoffs Sept. 10

Mike Erwin | merwin@examiner-enterprise.com
4-H members from across the county recently competed in the Oklahoma 4-H Food Showdown.

Family and Consumer Science Educator Donna Robbins and 4-H Educator Jessica Jantzen joined forces recently to host a Food Showdown for 4-H members from across Osage County.

Pawhuska, Hominy, Skiatook, Shidler, Foraker, Woodland, Bowring and Braden were all represented. Eight senior teams, 13 junior teams and two Clover Bud teams participated in the competitions.

Oklahoma 4-H Food Showdown is a youth culinary challenge where three-member teams compete to create a dish while demonstrating their knowledge of foods and nutrition, kitchen safety, equipment and creativity in food preparation.

The 4-H Food Showdown teams created their dish using only a clue, while providing secret ingredients and items from the common pantry. From the secret ingredients, 4-H members had to identify, prepare and then present information related to the serving size, nutritional value and cost of each dish.

This event was made possible through a grant which was written by Robbins. Youth Choice 4-H Healthy Living grants are awarded by the National 4-H Council. Grants are funded by the Walmart Foundation and handled through the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, Inc.

Osage County was awarded $1,500 to fund the Food Showdown for Osage County 4-H youth. The 4-H Healthy Living programs focus on deepening and expanding nutrition education and physical activity programs to underserved audiences.

“Teen leadership is an important part of the grant, as well,” Robbins said.

Chili, Salsa Cookoffs

Donna Robbins, the F&CS Educator for the Osage County Extension office, will be running the Chili and Salsa Cookoffs at this year’s Osage County Free Fair.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 10 at the Osage County Fairgrounds. Check-in is between 9-9:30 a.m. and the cooking begins at 10 a.m. Categories will include chili and salsa (red salsa, green salsa, fruit salsa).

Cash prizes are to be awarded as follows: $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place in both the chili and salsa categories. Another $100 in prize money will be paid for the People’s Choice award.

The entry fee is $5 for each dish entered.

Contact Donna Robbins at the OSU Extension office to enter. Call 918-287-4170 or email donna.robbins@okstate.edu.