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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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What our clients are saying

“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.”

“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!”

“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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