It wasn’t the ubiquitous PB&J that wowed the judges in the Most Creative Lunchbox contest at the L.A. County Fair. Oh no! We’re talking pinwheel sandwiches, “colorform” cut-out cookies and some snazzy vegetables shaped like a famous mouse.
“There was a lot of creative thinking going on with these lunches,” said George Geary, coordinator of the Fair’s Culinary Styles program. For the Sept. 13 event, contestants had to make a complete kid’s meal that was well-balanced and that had to fit in a lunchbox, including beverage.
Taking first place was Bonnie Brubaker of Upland. Brubaker received a rosette and a $200 gift card to Crate and Barrel for her Mickey Mouse-themed lunch. The brown paper bag was decorated with Mickey Mouse stickers and titled “The Happiest Lunch on Earth.” Lunch was a lunchable-style meal with whole grain bread, ham, turkey and cheese all cut into Mickey Mouse shapes. Cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes completed the face. The meal was completed with whole wheat tortilla cinnamon chips with fruit salsa.
Coming in second with pinwheel sandwiches made from ground bologna, Miracle Whip and a touch of mayonnaise was Jeanie Lindblade of Claremont. Rounding out her Teddy Bear Picnic meal was Dress Me Up teddy bear sugar cookies with fruit roll-up clothing (just like colorforms!) and a Jell-O pond made with berry Jell-O, with grammy bears wearing gummy Lifesavers around their waists á la floaties. Lindblade received a rosette and a $50 gift card to Crate and Barrel.
With a Great Outdoors theme, Mary Lapeyrade of Chino took third place. Lapeyrade received a rosette and a $25 gift card to Crate and Barrel for her butterfly sandwich made with ham and cheese, flower cut-out cookies made from fruit and ants on a log (celery, raisins and peanut butter).