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

“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. ”

“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!”

“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!”

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

“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.”

“Just a note to let you know that you ROCK! You always pour yourself into [The] Webb [Schools] to make the dining experience the very best it can be. I’ve been hearing such positive things about the food quality this year – something I hope you feel really good about. And it is times like this with the Coronavirus that leaders truly emerge. You have been unbelievably accommodating in making last minute changes to how we serve, etc. and all else we do in the dining hall and I just want you to know how much I deeply appreciate your devotion to this special community. You are a key part of it – you model beautifully the very best of Webb. So thank you!!”

“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.”

“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…”

“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.”

“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.”

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