Inova's Local Food Olympics are held each year during the months of July and August. These events challenge employees to come up with creative, delicious recipes featuring local, seasonal ingredients. They highlight the health - and taste - benefits of eating locally in Virginia. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to access recipes from the 2013 competition.
Thank you to all Local Food Olympics 2013 participants, and congratulations to winners Jenny Appel (Inova Loudoun Hospital), Maureen Broderick (Inova Alexandria Hospital), Patrick Christiansen (Inova Fairfax Medical Campus) and Ashok Ramalingam (Inova Fair Oaks Hospital).
Round 1: Employee Cook-Off
Inova employees bring in dishes they have prepared at home that feature at least two ingredients that are in season locally in Virginia. The day of the event, a tasting panel samples each dish and selects two winners based on taste, presentation and use of ingredients. These two winners continue on to Round 2.
Round 2: Employee vs. Employee Sampling Round
Inova's Food & Nutrition Services team prepares the recipes from the two Round 2 Cook-Off winners. Both winners are on-site in the cafeteria handing out samples of their recipes. Inova employees and visitors are invited to sample each recipe and vote for their favorite. The winning recipe continues on to the third and final round of the Local Food Olympics.
Round 3: Employee vs. CEO Sampling Round
Round 3 is essentially the same as Round 2 in structure. People vote for the Local Food Olympics winner based on samples handed out in the cafeteria during lunch. In this round, the Round 2 winner's recipe faces off against one provided by the CEO of that operating unit (or in some cases, Inova CEO Knox Singleton himself!).
Winning recipes from Inova's 2013 Local Food Olympics are posted below for you to enjoy at home.
2013 Local Food Olympics Recipes
- Chilled Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad
- Coconut Shrimp Ravioli with Green Curry Sauce
- Corn, Tomato & Avocado Salad
- Cucumber-Blueberry Salad
- Fresh Veggie Pizza
- Rice with Summer Squash
- Seasonal Sampler (Stratford Hall Biscuits, Stratford Hall Honey Whole Wheat Rolls, Fresh Basil Pesto)
- Spicy Turkey & Zucchini Sliders
- Tennessee Cornbread Salad
- Tuna Cutlets
- Vegan Meatballs (Inova Fairfax Medical Campus)
- Veggie Meatballs (Inova Fair Oaks Hospital)