Sophie Bollin of Maplewood is headed to the White House this week for lunch with first lady Michelle Obama as the Minnesota winner of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.
Judges selected the 12-year-old’s quinoa and black beans recipe as the top Minnesota entry. The contest invited a parent or guardian to work with their child to whip up a healthy and affordable lunchtime recipe.
Entries had to represent each of the food groups, with fruits and vegetables making up roughly half the recipe.
Opting against a hot dish, Sophie teamed up with her mother Deborah Webster on the award-winning meal, which also has a vegan option.
Sophie and her mother plan to arrive in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. As part of the festivities, the students will visit Julia Child’s kitchen at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Winners from each state and U.S. territories will celebrate at the Kids’ “State Dinner” with the first lady and representatives from Epicurious magazine, which sponsors the annual contest in an effort to promote healthy eating.
Sophie will enter the seventh grade this fall at the Minnesota Math and Science Academy in Woodbury. She said her schoolmates reminded her to take plenty of pictures at the White House.
Sophie’s recipe was selected from more than 1,500 entries. The full list of winners and recipes can be found online here.