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Sysco Chef Inservice Attendees:  AHS - Terry Parten-Hilton, Maria Barton, Peng West, Debbie Nunez, Elaine Hawkins, AJH - Maria Mandery, Oralia Perez, Enida Barclay, Quadalupe Ramirez, Nanci Tapia  RI - Gloria Casias, Trinda Trijo, Cynthia Castro, WA - Ruth Ortega, Will Rogers - Roberta Thompson  District - Sabina Garrett, Amanda Davis 
Chef Ryan Parker, Sysco, visited Altus Public Schools on 08 April 2016.  He toured several district kitchens and cafeterias offering professional advice and recommendations on management and operations of our food service program.  Additionally, he conducted an inservice to district Cafeteria Managers and Cooks fo-cusing on “cooking smart with spices”.  The training was filmed by an AHS student to be shown to Nutri-tion I and Nutrition II students in the future, as well.  
Chef Ryan offered insight for incorporating spices into menu and recipe development while maintaining compliance with the USDA National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.  He noted that “there is no quicker way to change a menu dish than with spices” and offered some simple “Chef touches” that can be incorporated into a school kitchen such as using a “spice blend” to create an amazing array of foods from everyday meats and vegetables.  Chef Ryan reminded the Cook staff that herbs and spices loose their color and flavor if not staged in a dark area.  Spices should be changed out every 3 months
Chef Parker wisely stated that “ food is not healthy, food is nutritious and has nutritional value”. 

Altus High School 

9th -12th grades
400 N. Park Avenue
(580) 481-2167

Altus Junior High

7th-8th grades
1601 S. South Park Lane
(580) 481-2173

Altus Intermediate School

5th - 6th grades
1221 N. Howse
(580) 481-2155

L. Mendel Rivers Elementary

Pre K - 4th grades
3000 Veterans Drive
(580) 481-2183

Altus Elementary School

3rd - 4th grades
1830 Sunset Drive
(580) 481-2180

Altus Primary School

1st - 2nd grades
1200 Glenda
(580) 481-2185

Altus Early Childhood Center

Pre K - Kindergarten
1100 North Forest
(580) 481-2151