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Journey Juice is Closing, School Lunch Challenge Next Week and More Food News

Well, darn. Journey Juice is closing at the end of March, meaning you’re down to Juice Up and Arden’s Garden should you believe the hype and choose to take your nutrition in liquid form. Its product was always lovely and its Prince storefront a nice change from the succession of unhealthy eateries that occupied the same space.

On March 28, from 2–4 p.m. (in the Barrow Elementary School cafeteria), the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the Clarke County School District, the Athens Land Trust, Athens Farm to School and UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences will hold a “School Lunch Challenge,” in which local chefs get to try to create tasty dishes that meet the USDA’s requirements for the National School Lunch Program.

Attendees get to taste each plate and vote for their favorite. Student judges from CCSD will vote to determine an overall winner, and the winning team’s plate will be incorporated into the CCSD school lunch menu during the 2015-2016 school year. Competitors include folks from The National, Heirloom Café, Goodie Two Shoes and Athens Land Trust. It’s free to attend, but there is a limit of 150 people total, and you must register here.

The Olive Basket, in the Bottleworks, has added free Tuesday tastings, held weekly at 6 p.m.

Mama Bird’s Kitchen, in the 909 Broad Building, now has hot breakfast biscuits Tuesday through Friday at 7 a.m. and a “green” delivery option for any of its products. Call 678-997-9647 to place an order.