Braeden is attending the Kids’ State Dinner at The White House (Delaware winner)

Braeden’s reaction when he first read the letter saying he won.

If you have not heard about the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner then get comfortable because you’re about to get schooled.

Our son, Braeden (age 9) who I talk about often on this site entered the contest in early May. We received paperwork about it from his 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Buckingham at Keene Elementary School. When I read over the contest I thought to myself it would perfect for Braeden to enter. When I brought it to his attention he immediately was interested in entering. He has a myriad of diet related issues and restrictions so when he was thinking about a recipe he also thought about what he would like to eat.

He created a recipe which he named “Tortilla Bowl Deluxe” and it includes a tortilla bowl, sliced grilled chicken, diced avocados and tomatoes, orange sweet pepper, grated Monterrey Jack cheese and salt and pepper to taste. On the side he recommended a tropical fruit selection including pineapple, melons and mangoes.

“I wanted to make something healthy, but it’s also colorful and it’s fun,” Braeden says of his recipe.

braeden-mannering-tortilla-recipeHis recipe won and he will be representing the State of Delaware at the Kids’ State Dinner held at the White House and hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday, July 9. Braeden, along with 53 other winners representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia were notified earlier this week and today the news went viral.

We will be arriving early into Washington, DC the morning of Monday, July 8th and have been given a very full itinerary of amazing events to attend.

Since the news broke this morning Channel 6 Action News reached out wanting to interview Brae and the office of Senator Carper reached out to say that Senator Carper would like to meet Braeden while we are in DC. The news has been so excited for Braeden, for our whole family, all of our friends and even co-workers are supremely excited. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Braeden and for the all of the other winners. I want to offer a big congratulations to all of the kids who entered and to all of the kids who will be attending the dinner. All of you should be incredibly proud this is something you will remember fondly forever.


7 thoughts on “Braeden is attending the Kids’ State Dinner at The White House (Delaware winner)

  1. I am simply blown away by the news that Braeden’s recipe won for the state of Delaware! We now have a celebrity in the family and I was fortunate enough to receive the first autograph from him. It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

  2. We are super proud of you Braeden – being creative and thoughtful is your style….now you see the reward! Enjoy the trip to the White House – most people never even see the inside of this special place…it is an honor and a privilege! And to meet the First Lady – that is just wonderful! Way to go Brae!

  3. I cannot wait to hear all about the trip to the White House, the luncheon, the train ride, all of it! So very happy and excited for everyone! Congratulations Brae, be proud, be very proud !

  4. Crazy proud of you Brae! Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures! Just for the record, I met Senator Carper many times in the past and he is really cool to hang out with!! Make sure you take lots of pictures!! Love you!

  5. Congratulations Braeden, what an exciting achievement. Something he can say he did that most of us haven’t.

  6. How cool that your son won! It’ll be quite an adventure for all of you to be at the White House. I love his thinking behind the recipe…that it would taste good but also be colorful (and thus appealing). Clever young man you have there! Congratulations!

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