Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Contact: Alexa Shook, PacificSource

Pacificsource Healthy Tailgate Event to Showcase Nutritious Eating during OSU’s Home Football Game On November 21

Moore Family Center Gridiron Chef winning recipe to be featured at the third annual event

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.)—When the Beavers take on the visiting Huskies at Reser Stadium this Saturday, PacificSource Healthy Life will be challenging fans to upgrade their football tailgate spread by incorporating more nutritious options into their menu at the third annual PacificSource Healthy Tailgate event.

To do that, PacificSource Healthy Life has teamed up with OSU’s Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, which has offered the GridIron Chef contest three years running. Together with other partners, including OSU Catering, University Housing and Dining Services, OSU Healthy Campus Initiatives, and Bob’s Red Mill, PacificSource will prepare and offer free samples of the winning GridIron Chef recipe contest to OSU tailgaters on game day.

On Nov. 10, a tasting panel that included well-known Corvallis food writer Jan Roberts-Dominguez, sampled the recipes of the five finalists. The winning recipe will be announced on Nov. 21

Prior to Saturday’s 3 p.m. kickoff, PacificSource expects to distribute more than 1,200 samples of the winning recipe to tailgaters, students, and other fans as well as 1,000 samples of Bob’s Red Mill granola. Samples will be prepared by chefs from OSU’s University Housing and Dining Services, and served from the PacificSource Healthy Life vehicle, which will be located at Reser Plaza.

“As a nutrition scientist, I’m a firm believer that being healthy can be incorporated into every party of your life – even football games,” said Dr. Emily Ho, professor and director for the Moore Family Center in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. “All of our five finalists are healthy, great-tasting dishes that are simple to prepare and perfect for sharing with family and friends.”

OSU Catering is preparing 1,000 samples each of the five GridIron Chef finalists’ dishes, and will be available for sampling following the Beaver Bowl 5K, a football-themed fun run in Corvallis, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, when the public can cast their vote for their favorite.

The GridIron Chef finalists are:

  • Lemony Beaver Boost Soup, by Claudia Recksiedler of Corvallis
  • Mediterranean Cauliflower “Wings”, by Madeline McWhorter of Corvallis
  • Pesto Minestrone, by Carol Abrogoua of Tillamook
  • Black Bean Sweet Potato Taquito, by Holly Robinson of Corvallis
  • Benny’s Butternut Squash Bruschetta, by Allison Zumwalt of Portland

Recipes for each of the GridIron Chef finalists from all three years of the competition, as well as other healthy dishes, can be found on Oregon State’s Moore Family Center website at

“Our GridIron Chef recipe contest finalists are proving once again that nutritious eating doesn’t need to stop on game day,” said Alexa Shook, PacificSource’s Health Promotion and Wellness Director. “Tasty options like butternut squash and sweet potatoes are not only healthy alternatives to typical tailgating fare, they pack a nutritious punch that will give fans plenty of energy to cheer on the Beavers all game long.”

About PacificSource Healthy Life:

Through collaboration with individuals, organizations, academic institutions, and other key stakeholders, PacificSource Healthy Life™ facilitates the adoption and maintenance of positive health behaviors in four key areas: physical activity, healthy eating, smoke free living, and stress management. With programs throughout the Pacific Northwest, Healthy Life is a leader with regard to wellness initiatives that improve the health of the people in the communities that PacificSource Health Plans serves. For more information about PacificSource Healthy Life, visit or contact Alexa Shook at

About PacificSource Health Plans:

PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Eugene, Oregon, with local offices throughout Oregon and in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 700 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 6,200 employer clients throughout the Northwest. PacificSource Community Health Plans, Inc. is a subsidiary of PacificSource Health Plans and markets Medicare Advantage products under the name PacificSource Medicare. PacificSource Community Solutions is a subsidiary of PacificSource Health Plans and provides Medicaid coverage in Oregon through the Oregon Health Plan. For more information visit

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Last updated 11/24/2015