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Taste of CA: Recipe Standardization Workshop

Do you want to learn how to develop standardized recipes for your School Nutrition Programs (SNP) using locally grown ingredients that your students will love? The Team Nutrition (TN) Taste of CA Recipe Standardization Challenge (Taste of CA Challenge) grantees who developed student-approved standardized recipes featuring locally grown ingredients are offering a free, in-person, full day Recipe Standardization Workshop in various locations throughout California.

Course Description

The 2023 Taste of CA: Recipe Standardization in Small Bites workshop provides the foundational steps of developing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) standardized recipes. During this interactive workshop, attendees will participate in hands-on cooking stations to sharpen culinary skills and prepare a shared meal featuring a Taste of CA Challenge recipe. TN grantees will also host small group discussions to share best practices in scratch cooking, menu planning, local procurement, school community engagement, and marketing and promotion.


  • Describe a standardized recipe, the benefits of using one and list the three main phases of the USDA Recipe Standardization process.

  • Recognize the benefits of using locally grown ingredients and scratch cooking to develop recipes students will love.

  • Identify strategies for engaging students and the school community in the process of developing standardized recipes for school meals.

  • Sharpen culinary skills including knife skills, culinary math, cooking methods, and spices.

  • Discuss the opportunities for professional growth in response to changes in the school nutrition environment. (Funding, collaboration, and support for scratch cooking and local procurement.)

Locations, Dates, and Time

Location Date(s) Time

Wonderful College Prep Academy, Delano, CA

March 15, 2023

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Riverside Unified School District, Riverside, CA

March 23, 2023

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Natomas Unified School District, Sacramento, CA

April 12, 2023

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Bakersfield, CA

May 24, 2023

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Torrance Unified School District, Torrance, CA

June 22, 2023

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Professional Standards Crediting

  • Key Area: Nutrition (1000), Operations (2000), Communications and Marketing (4100)

  • Training Topic: Menu Planning (1100), Food Production (2100), Communications and Marketing (4100)

  • Learning Objectives: Write standardized recipes, and use Food Buying Guide (1140), Understand and effectively prepare food using a standardized recipe, (4120) Promote the Child Nutrition Program

  • Professional Credit Hours: 5 hours

Target Audience

This workshop is intended for child nutrition staff including school nutrition directors, cafeteria managers and staff that participate in the development and preparation of recipes for the school meal program

Registration and Costs

Access the California Department of Education (CDE) Child Nutrition and Information Payment System (CNIPS) Training Registration web page External link opens in new window or tab. to connect to CNIPS and begin the online training registration process.

This workshop includes a self prepared catered meal. Please bring at least $15 dollars to cover the cost of your meal, actual costs may vary between locations.

Reasonable Accommodation

Pursuant to state and federal statutes, individuals with a disability may request reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in this training. Please contact the CDE at least ten days before the event you plan to attend to request accommodations.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please email the Taste of CA Challenge Team at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 2, 2023
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