Food fight

Eisenhower students get creative with consumer science program

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Eisenhower High School Spaghetti Yeti Food Truck team members (from left) James Pollard, Autumn Barnard, Grace Larson, and Ashlee VanGuilder talk about their truck during the food truck competition.

That’s some food. Radiant.

The Bean Bosses were the top of the food truck food chain and the Charlotte’s Web cake was the boss at Eisenhower High School.

Students created food trucks and cakes as a culminating experience, a final project, at the close of a semester-long family consumer science program under the instruction of Teacher Lewann Alexander.

Each food truck team had to start with a theme, create and decorate a food truck, and prepare a menu.

When the judges came around — in small groups for the food trucks and all at once for the cakes — teams had to make a presentation, including why they chose their themes and some of the ideas behind the flavors.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Cake judge and Eisenhower High School student Josef Bauer takes a close look at the Dr. Seuss cake during the school’s first semester cake boss event.

There were five food truck entries, each serving up a pre-selected dish from their menu. Those dishes included cinnamon rolls, pasta, coffees, hot dogs, and bean quesadillas.

Some of the teams presented drinks with their offerings. Some did not.

The cake bosses had to present and serve cakes that were based on children’s books.

The panel of judges included two former food truck champions — Kelly Glotz and Josef Bauer — and a number of community food “experts” — Marcy Stanton, Bonnie Glotz, Holly Strausser, Kellie Goldthwaite, Brian Ferry, and Ericka Alm.

The judges were given a rubric to help evaluate each project.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Eisenhower High School students Catelyn Thompson and Cassie Gourley cut into their Three Little Pigs cake during the Eisenhower High School cake boss event.

Theme, food truck design, creativity and effort, presentation, visual appeal, and taste were weighted equally for the food trucks.

There were only three cakes to judge, unfortunately.

Some of the cake categories were identical to the food trucks’ — presentation, theme, and taste. The others were icing, borders, writing, frosting decorations, level of difficulty, and customer appeal.

Each category carried a maximum of five points.

The Bean Bosses — Logan Abbott and Eric Honsberger — with a vegetarian menu, edged the Spaghetti Yeti (Italian) for the best food truck.

Team Charlotte’s Web Shannon Kellogg, Alex Barnett, and Dean McKane — featuring chocolate sour cream cake and sugar cookies on the side, downed both Dr. Seuss and the Three Little Pigs.