Brookhaven, GA, July 14, 2017 — The Post Reports, Contributed — The team from the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club claimed top honors, as well as the “People’s Choice” award during the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s (BGCMA) annual Salsa, Salsa event held on July 11th at Greystone Hall in Piedmont Park.
While the competition was tough, expert judges found the Brookhaven team’s salsa dish, “Roasted Tomato Salsa”, as the most delicious. As part of their prize package, this winning salsa will be featured at a local Willy’s restaurant this summer.
BGCMA’s Salsa, Salsa event celebrates eating right and staying active and highlights cooking and gardening programs at Clubs across the city. Seventeen Boys & Girls Clubs participated in this year’s event, competing to create the best salsa in the city and learning dance steps from a professional salsa dancer.
Boys & Girls Club staff and partners launched the event several years ago to address the obesity epidemic among youth in Georgia. In fact, reports show Georgia as the third highest prevalence of overweight children in the country.
“Many kids, particularly from low-income neighborhoods, do not have access to healthy food and safe places to play,” said Rodney Taylor, Healthy Lifestyles Director at Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club. “Programs like this teach our kids that eating right and staying active can be fun. They help kids build healthy habits now we hope will stay with them for a lifetime.”
In preparation for the event, staff and kids at Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club planted and maintained an expansive garden including tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, peppers, and onions. They also participated in Club sessions to learn about nutrition and how to incorporate fresh ingredients into their diet.
“We’re so proud of all of our young chefs who came out to compete this year,” said Missy Dugan, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “And a huge thank you to all of the partners that made this happen including Willy’s Mexicana Grill and all of our expert judges.”
Here’s the Brookhaven club’s award winning recipe: