Spring 2024

Calling ALL Non-Commercial Foodservice Operators 2024 CAN DO Challenge

Countdown to enter

the 2024 CAN DO Challenge

We’ve got cash prizes. You’ve got customer-pleasing ways that you menu U.S. grown canned Bartlett pears in your non-commercial operation (K-12, university, healthcare, assisted living, military, etc.). All recipe categories are accepted. The deadline is April 30, 2024, to submit your entry.

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Chai Spiced Pear Smoothie on a light blue tablecloth and blue plate

Honor Stop Food Waste Day on Your Menu

Not only do U.S. grown canned Bartlett pears reduce food waste,

they add flavor and texture, save time, and maintain consistency.

And don’t forget to use the juice!

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A hand picking a pear from a tree with a picture of chef Leigh Ann Bozung in the top right corner

Meet Leigh Ann Bozung

Child Nutrition Supervisor

Healdsburg Unified School District, Healdsburg, CA

Second Place Winner of the 2020 CAN DO Challenge

Pear Hand Pies

What is your background in foodservice?

My experience in foodservice started when I was 14, at a frozen custard shop in Indiana. But where my career really started to take shape was at a mom and pop bagel shop/café. I was asked to fill in for a week, while the baker was out, to be in charge of the bagel production. That was the beginning of the turning point for my career in foodservice. I continued to work in foodservice while I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design and Music. 

Shortly after I graduated, I enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College, where I earned my Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Administration degree. Then, I did my internship in San Francisco. My comfort level with baking/pastry helped me land my first job at the Marriott in Tucson, AZ. After that, I transferred to a Marriott in San Diego where I worked for almost four years before I landed my first K-12 position.

Why did you decide to transition from working in

hospitality to K-12?

I was getting burned out on the hospitality work schedule, and I applied to work at Lakeside Union School District where a scratch baking program had just been approved. So, I got my nights and weekends back, had the summers off, and developed their scratch baking program. My boss encouraged me to pursue the School Nutrition Specialist credential, which I received just before the pandemic. There were a lot of changes and that is what led me to my current job at Healdsburg Unified School District. I enjoy the challenges of working in a management role at a smaller school district, and I’ve also been able to work with the community to coordinate a food hub.

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pumpkin and pear soup, pear bao buns, and a roasted pear salad with chicken and feta

Add a serving of fruit

to savory meals and snacks

Did you know that canned Bartlett pears add a hint of fruity sweetness to many savory recipes? Check out how they enhance dishes from pizza to sandwiches and more.

Pile of pears

Where do your canned pears come from?

Check the label to be sure it says Product of USA. “Meet” some of our growers and canners, visit their orchards and canneries, and learn why to spec canned Bartlett pears grown in the Pacific Northwest. Check out our video tour.

Video Tour
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