April 2015
April Showers Bring Spring Menus 
to Healthy Restaurants

Spring is finally here! Looking forward to longer and warmer days as well as new seasonal menus. The spring and summer months allow chefs across the county to utilize fresh local produce. Have you premiered your spring menu? Are you promoting Farm to Table sourcing? 

Please let us know and submit any possible healthy menu options to our Healthy Restaurants Coordinator Amy Adler, at aadler@healthyhowardmd.org. Submit as many recipes as necessary, remember to list each ingredient, its quantity and unit of measurement. 
Pilot Promotional Program: Thank you to those restaurants who responded to last month's request to participate in our healthy meal promotion program.

Participating restaurants track the unit sales of Healthy Menu items and other popular items to measure the effect of advertising on consumer behavior. We provide your restaurant with all of the promotional materials free of charge, all we need is the data.

To learn more about how your restaurant can be a part of this program email Amy Adler, Healthy Restaurants Coordinator at  aadler@healthyhowardmd.org.

Buy Local Cookout: Governor Larry Hogan invites chefs using local Maryland ingredients to submit original recipes for the Governor's Buy Local Cookout, which will be held at Government House in Annapolis in mid-July. R ecipes must be submitted by Friday, May 8, and include products from at least one Maryland farmer, waterman, or other producer. This year, chefs are being asked to submit simple but creative recipes that showcase ways the average Maryland family can prepare delicious, nutritious meals with locally produced food at home.

The cookout promotes the statewide Buy Local Challenge Week (July 18-26, 2015), during which all Marylanders are encouraged to eat at least one local product each day of the week.  Recipes will be chosen in each of the following categories: appetizer, main dish, side dish or salad, dessert and beverage.

Selected teams will be invited to provide, prepare, and share their dish at the Governor's cookout. Chefs should note that recipes may be published in the Maryland Department of Agriculture's 2015 Maryland Buy Local Cookout Recipes cookbook.  Complete rules of entry  are available online.

Chefs who have questions, should contact Karen Fedor at Karen.fedor@maryland.gov or 410-841-5773.
Social Media Campaigns:   Is your restaurant active on social media? We're promoting Healthy Restaurants through social media. Do you have an event coming up or a new healthy menu item you want to promote? Was your restaurant recently featured in a publication? Send your photos  and content over  to aadler@healthyhowardmd.org  and we'll review it for posting!

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