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Celebrating 16 Foodservices Heroes in the second year of the pandemic

Jennifer Minichiello, director of dining services, Brentwood School is One of 16 Foodservices Heroes recognized by Food Management in the second year of the pandemic

Los Angeles, CA,  May 11, 2021

Nominator: James Pond, communications manager, CulinArt Group

Reason for Nomination: “When Brentwood School in Los Angeles undertook the task of feeding homeless veterans encamped in a nearby hospital parking lot, Jennifer Minichiello rose to the challenge. She commandeered the production of 1,000 meals per week to be delivered to veterans sheltering in place on local VA campus and another 1,000 meals per week donated to the local Meals on Wheels chapter. Jennifer also assists in packaging meals to be delivered to the homes of the veterans’ families. This just scratches the surface of Jennifer’s commitment to helping others. Throughout her career, Jennifer has maintained a give-back approach to providing food services by volunteering and serving the homeless community. As life would have it, Jennifer also endured a serious medical issue with a family member during the pandemic. As a testament to her fortitude, Jennifer never wavered throughout the ordeal and continues to put forth a monumental effort with the support of her team.

‘Our school’s kitchen staff is currently a tiny crew led by Jennifer,’ says Gennifer Yoshimaru, assistant head of school, ‘but they are “cooking with gas,” figuratively and literally. Their daily efforts on behalf of our school to bring healthy and delicious sustenance to those who cannot provide it for themselves is making a significant difference.’”

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“I will say lunch was pretty awesome today.”

“I just want to commend you and your staff on always providing dining options for people with food allergies/sensitivities. Not only do you provide options, but they are thoughtful and delicious. As someone who cannot consume dairy, I am always grateful and touched to have amazing meals to accommodate my dietary restrictions. THANK YOU!!! Keep up the amazing work.”

“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 roasted tofu/noodle/edamame arugula salad with cabbage, carrots and red peppers was something that I would buy from a restaurant or food truck without question. It would win best school lunch in the U.S. without a doubt if there was such a competition! The textures and flavors were a perfect blend, tied together by an excellent dressing. I don't think anyone would be mad if that popped up on the menu every week. Thanks again to you and your staff for such high-quality food!”

“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.”

“We appreciate the excellent service that is a hallmark of the Chadwick Culinart team. You all are such professionals - and you always deliver your service in such a pleasant manner! Thank you for everything you do to help make the Village events successful. We greatly appreciate your talents, efforts, and kindness.”

“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 just wanted to tell you what a fantastic job you guys are doing with the lunch delivery to Pratt [Street]!! I order from CulinArt each day that I am at the Pratt office and it’s been great every time. The food is delicious – especially the soups! It’s so nice to have consistently good food without having to worry about leaving the building. I really appreciate it. Keep up the great work!”

“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.”

“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.”

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