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Pope Francis greets CulinArt Group employees at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., during his recent U.S. visit.

CulinArt Group Hosts Pope Francis and The World Meeting of Families

NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA—As the flag of the Vatican was raised at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in the early morning hours of Friday, September 25, 2015, a large team of CulinArt Group managers, chefs, kitchen staff and servers were already hard at work within the multi-building complex on this second day of the UN General Assembly. Prior to His formal address to the largest gathering of presidents and prime ministers ever at the United Nations, Pope Francis took time to publicly thank the vast number of UN employees, calling them “in many ways, the backbone of this organization.” He made specific mention of the “cooks,” which was an early indication of just how much the Pontiff appreciates quality food and first-rate hospitality.

On Saturday, September 26, the Papal delegation departed NYC en route to Philadelphia, where Pope Francis concluded His six-day Apostolic Journey in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Here, CulinArt Group had the remarkable opportunity to not only, once again, meet the Pontiff face-to-face, but the prodigious fortune to prepare and serve Pope Francis and the Papal delegation not one, but four meals at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. A CulinArt client since 2010, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is a rich resource of priestly formation and theological instruction for religious and lay men and women throughout the United States.

With the New York team still fast at work on the events surrounding the UN General Assembly, CulinArt’s Philadelphia region managers, chefs and staff, under the expert guise and supervision of Harry Williamson and Joseph Salvato, prepared and served lunch and dinner for the delegation on Saturday, September 26 followed by breakfast and lunch on Sunday, September 27.

Weeks of advance preparation, menu planning and meetings with representatives of The World Meeting of Families, including private tastings with members of the Papal delegation, provided CulinArt with the insight needed to create menus befitting the worldwide leader of the Catholic Church.  CulinArt’s menus focused on fresh local ingredients and were presented with the perfect balance of familiarity and refinement.  “He is a simple man and his diet is simple,” said event producer Fred Stein of the Creative Group, which oversaw much of the Pope’s visit. “When He’s at the Vatican he eats with everyone else at the cafeteria buffet.” Thus, it was important to CulinArt that the Pontiff’s meals were distinguished yet comfortable.

CulinArt Group received many warm accolades following Pope Francis’s stay at Saint Charles. Donna Farrell, executive director for the World Meeting of Families, shared with Williamson, assistant vice president for CulinArt Group, “You and your team did a phenomenal job. It was absolutely incredible.” Stephen P. Dolan Jr., Chief Financial Officer of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, who wished he could thank each and every participating CulinArt Group team individually, stated, “We appreciated all you and your staff did for us this weekend.  I don’t know how this could have been done any better. The guys and ladies you had here this weekend are a true tribute to CulinArt.  They were all so gracious and welcoming and always with a smile. I know everyone worked long hours and they still were smiling yesterday. Please tell each of them how much we appreciated what they did for us.” Perhaps the greatest accolade of all came from Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who told Williamson, “I hope you do the food service in heaven.”

We at CulinArt Group are extremely proud to have shared in Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States. We are equally proud of our team members in New York and Pennsylvania, who represented themselves and their company so extraordinarily well.

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  • October 21, 2015
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What our clients are saying

“What a night! You and your team rocked it and made us look like stars. Great working with you and know we will have more chances to work together on future events.”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“The CulinArt team has been great to work with and has been super flexible. Having worked with other dining services at different institutions, having a dining team that is open to menu changes has been a great resource for our events. ”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“The dinner I had tonight at Forman was not only the best meal I have had at Forman in the entire time I have been here, it was the best meal I can remember having anywhere in a long time. [It] was a restaurant quality meal, and it added to the enjoyment that the two young ladies serving me could not have been more charming. What an energizing way to finish a weekend eating a dinner like that.”

“Yesterday I ordered the special (Bloody Mary Burger) which was one of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted, [but] this e-mail is not to praise the burger.  Eating the burger reminded me of the great service, professionalism, the smiles, the knowledge and the great food that I have come to love each and every day.  Your team, who really work as a team, take their time to explain nutrition and meal ideas, and encourage healthy eating.  I wouldn’t change one thing about this crew. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for their hard work each and every day.”

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“Thank You for once again going above and beyond to ensure that our programs are a success. Your willingness to customize menus as well as provide your expert guidance to develop a well-rounded selection of offerings is what keeps us coming back! The food is always exceptional! Our programs would not be a success without the CulinArt team!”

“I just wanted to send a quick note acknowledging the wonderful food and service provided by our new vendor.  The food was delicious and the students consistently commented on how amazing everything was.  What a difference! In addition, the staff and management were so easy to deal with – very professional.  They were punctual, responsive and attentive to our needs.  Thank you again for making a positive change to the quality of life of our students.”

“I would like to thank you and your staff for helping to make our Annual Holiday Party a Great Success.  You did an Amazing job from the décor, the food and the service you provided! I have heard nothing but great comments. As always, I enjoyed working with you and your team.”

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