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CulinArt Honors Hospitality Heroes in First-ever Virtual Awards Ceremony

January 20, 2021, RYE BROOK, NY-  The CulinArt Group Hospitality Heroes Awards Ceremony conducted virtually via Zoom on January 20, 2021, recognized and celebrated the hospitality excellence that CulinArt team members deliver each and every day. The Hospitality Heroes Award gave special accolades to those who went above and beyond as our industry, our company, and our clients coped with the COVID-19 pandemic. District Managers and Area Vice Presidents nominated eight teams and five managers for the award. During the ceremony they explained their nominations and then introduced either the top manager for the Team Awards or the recipient of the Manager Awards.

Nearly 150 people tuned in for the two-hour event during which CulinArt President Mike Purcell thanked attendees and congratulated winners, while Host Matt Santarpia introduced speakers and kept the broadcast moving along. “Our associates have gone out of their way to provide great food, excellent customer service, and comforting hospitality during the past 10 months of this pandemic,” Purcell said in kicking off the event. “This event recognizes all of our associates that are out in the field, on the front lines every day, serving our customers throughout this pandemic.” “Since March 2020, our world has changed and our business has changed,” he continued. “In spite of this, you have all persevered, answered the call to serve our clients and customers, and continued to do what it takes to keep our company thriving.”

Reaction from CulinArt’s client community was swift and laudatory. “Congratulations on the well-deserved award!” exclaimed a staff member at The Forman School in Litchfield, Conn., when informed of the Team award given to CulinArt’s associates there. “Forman is fortunate to have you and your team in our school community.” Another chimed in: “I am so happy that CulinArt recognized what we here at Forman have had the pleasure of knowing all along. You are the best!”

The CulinArt team at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia was similarly praised. “While it feels like you are all 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,” a staff member wrote in a school-wide announcement. “We are all so grateful!”



Brentwood School, Los Angeles, CA

Central Penn College, Summerdale, PA

CooperSurgical, Trumbull, CT

The Forman School, Litchfield, CT

Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA

Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, Brentwood, NY

T. Rowe Price, Owings Mills, MD



Lisa Battiste, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Karen Duckworth, Camilla Hall, Immaculata, PA

Tom Mahler, Celgene, Summit, NJ

Stephan Metz-Hagapian, Cradle of Aviation, Garden City, NY

Jessica Ruiz Quintero, Archbishop Molloy High School, Briarwood, NY


Click here to view a recording of the Awards Ceremony.

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“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“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!”

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

“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!”

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