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

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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

“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…”

“I wanted to take this moment to thank you and your staff for making the Athletic Celebration absolutely wonderful. I cannot say enough great things about the event. The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic. Thank you for your help from start to finish.”

“Even though we see challenges every day, each one of you rises to the occasion and makes it seem so easy. I cannot express how impressive it is to see you all work in such a fashion. You are true professionals.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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!”

“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“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!”

“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.”

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