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Café manager makes Black History Month a daily special

NORWALK, CONN., March 8, 2022—Christina Feitais, café manager for CulinArt at Merritt 7, a multi-tenant office complex, made celebrating Black History Month a daily occurrence in showcasing “the absolutely amazing history and accolades of African American chefs in the culinary industry.”

Feitais created a framed showcase, displayed in the unit’s Starbucks Café, featuring a different African American chef for every operating day in February (18 in all). From Abby Fisher, author of an early African American cookbook, to Zephyr Wright, the personal chef of President Lyndon Johnson, Feitais pulled snippets from newspapers and web sites to honor these and other pioneers such as George Washington Carver (who revolutionized agriculture in the South), “Queen of Creole Cuisine” Leah Chase, and B. Smith, a model and TV host who ran restaurants in New York and Washington and wrote books on cooking and entertaining.

Feitais titled the project “African American Culinary Excellence” in an effort to educate tenants on the intertwining of African-American history and culinary history. “The tenants [of Merritt 7] were really interested in the project,” she explains, “and many thanked me for making space to showcase a piece of their history. I feel like this is something we, as culinary professionals, should make time to showcase.”

Feitais says she will stage similar tributes this month for Women’s History and for Irish Heritage in April, adding, “I am really excited to provide this little bit of historical knowledge in our place of business.”

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  • March 8, 2022
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“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“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.”

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“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…”

“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.”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“I can’t thank your entire team enough for the outstanding service, food, displays, everything!  You are a master at detail, and because of that Adam and I were able to focus on the parents.  I know what a sacrifice pulling off a weekend like this means, we are so appreciative and grateful to you all for your talent and generosity.”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“I will say that CulinArt has always been a very collaborative partner to T. Rowe Price, listening to our current needs and future goals and suggesting realistic and achievable strategies to meet those goals.  2020 was obviously no exception.  CulinArt also altered other areas of our OCS and pantry programs to create safer environments for all our associates. We can only thank you for your continued flexibility and innovative ideas through these difficult times.”

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