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Destination Hotels & Resorts, Resort at Squaw Creek’s parent company, launches Kids Healthy Recipe Contest in support of National Nutrition Month

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Destination Hotels & Resorts is launching its inaugural Kids Healthy Recipe Contest in support of National Nutrition Month. The contest encourages consumers to submit their favorite healthy recipe children enjoy eating. The winning recipe will be featured on the company’s Kids Caf healthy menu selections for a year, and the chef who submits the top entry also wins a trip for a family of four to any full-service Destination Hotels & Resorts property.Resort at Squaw Creek is participating in the parent company’s Kids Healthy Recipe Contest, adding more healthy items to the children’s menu, including a salmon sandwich, vegetable crudit, and Fruit Shots On The Run, a mixed berries, orange juice, yogurt and mint smoothie. “It’s so important to get kids started on the right foot nutritionally,” said Resort at Squaw Creek executive chef Jason Friendy. “That healthy lifestyle carries over for the rest of their lives.” “As a parent and as an executive in a company that serves thousands of meals each day, I realized that Destination Hotels & Resorts has a special opportunity and responsibility to take a leadership role in educating parents and kids about healthy menu selections, which combined with exercise can make a positive contribution to overall wellness”, said Mark Hickey, senior vice president of hotel operations for Destination Hotels & Resorts, as well as the creative force behind the company’s Kids Caf program. The father of two young daughters, Hickey was inspired to tackle healthy eating from personal family experience and focused on one hotel at a time. His vision became a reality when the company launched its Kids Caf healthy menu selections last summer at Destination’s annual Food and Beverage Conference, attended by the company’s executive chefs and food and beverage directors. The menu selections were created in an “Iron Chef” event by executive chefs from the company’s more than 30 restaurants. These menu items were judged by six children who rated the selections from 1 (Gross) to 4 (Delicious). Menu favorites that are offered through Kids Caf include Melon Fries with Strawberry Ketchup, Build Your Own Fruit Taco, Fruit Shots, Watermelon Fizz and Squidword Breaded Fish Sticks. Kids also will be a part of the judging process for the Destination Kids Healthy Recipe Contest. To enter, visit http://www.destinationhotels.com/recipe-contest and submit a healthy recipe youths enjoy eating: breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack or healthy beverage. Consumers are encouraged to “like” various recipes that catch their eye. The top three recipes with the most “likes” will be prepared and tasted by a group of Destination Hotels & Resorts food and beverage professionals along with a children’s panel of judges. The grand prize also includes airfare for a family of four, as well as a specially prepared multi-course dinner at the hotel, featuring their Kids Caf winning menu item prepared by the property’s executive chef. A Destination Hotels & Resorts executive chef also will arrange to make an appearance in the classroom of the winner’s children to give a healthy eating and cooking presentation. Second and third place winners will have their recipe posted on the Destination Hotels & Resorts Web site under the Kids Caf section for a year. For more information or to view complete contest rules, visit http://www.destinationhotels.com/recipe-contest.National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.- Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com


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