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CulinArt Group’s Health and Wellness Department Helps Clients and Guests To Eat Well, Live Well

PLAINVIEW, NY – CulinArt Group’s Wellness Department continues to grow its healthy dining programs by creating customized platforms that increase guest engagement and satisfaction. “When it comes to health and wellness, there is no one-size-fits-all approach,” says Rachel Frank, Director of Health and Wellness. “Geographically, financially, logistically, there are different needs within each market segment.” Through the years, CulinArt has collaborated with many clients to customize and align wellness programs with their specific objectives in mind, along with an approach to wellness that promotes culinary excellence, variety, and convenience.

CulinArt Group’s signature nutrition program is Eat Well, a compilation of recipes that meet stringent guidelines, the most important of which is a whole food, from-scratch approach. Minimal ingredients that are prepared healthfully are essential to the program. “Still, taste is paramount,” Frank says, “It’s a misconception that food that is good for you is boring or bland.” Eat Well also aims to educate guests through a series of tips that support lifestyle changes that are not necessarily diet-based selections. “We really want our guests to pay attention to nutrients more than anything else,” says Frank.

In many instances, clients elect to participate in the Eat Well program from a financial perspective – that is, discounting Eat Well menu items. This allows the client to provide a true amenity to their associates while also complementing their company’s wellness objectives. “Our clients are increasingly seeking more and more wellness initiatives for themselves and their employees,” explains Mike Purcell, Vice President of Operations. “Clients are doing everything they can to encourage their employees to eat and live well, with the latest trend being the discounting of Eat Well menu items throughout their cafés.”

Eat Well is just one of many options guests can enjoy on the wellness front. To that end, a system of icons strategically placed on menus, signage and other materials allows guests to make the choice that is right for them, whether that is Eat Well, vegan, vegetarian or a combination of those and more. “We want to make things as easy as possible for our guests,” Frank explains, “Whether customers are looking for healthy offerings or are in need of special dietary options, the icon system clearly identifies selections and makes eating in our cafés simple and enjoyable.”

Education is a cornerstone of the wellness department. Frank and her team of dedicated registered dietitians enjoy visiting cafés and presenting information on the latest nutrition trends. “There are so many misconceptions about food still out there, and confusing information being fed to people,” she adds. “We are happy to shed light and provide inspiration when we can.” Participating in client-driven wellness fairs and National Nutrition Month programming are also central to the initiatives.

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  • September 22, 2014

What our clients are saying

“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 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.”

“I just wanted to give a huge compliment to the cook at Main Street. Today I had the Salmon Super Bowl and it was amazing!!!! Every day I go in there she always has something that looks too wonderful to pass up! Thank you for always having such a variety of food!”

“Just want to take a moment to thank you for running such a great kitchen. It’s been a huge benefit to have such a delicious and various assortment of foods to choose from, all without having to leave the building. I’m always amazed at the daily variety and the quality of food that is offered. The cafeteria has made my food choices as easy as can be.”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I hope you do the food service in heaven.”

“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. ”

“What a difference a top chef makes to student satisfaction and enjoyment of campus life!  At a recent boarding school conference, food was mentioned as a key retention method and it is really true. The comforts of home are found in good food and meals enjoyed with friends. We couldn’t be more pleased with the healthy and delicious daily options presented by our chef and his team. Frank even has a suggestion box, so he is always open to new ideas and he even offers cooking classes for our students!”

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