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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!”

 

TEAMS OF THE YEAR:

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

 

MANAGERS OF THE YEAR:

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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“I have really appreciated the wonderful cafeteria staff we have via Culinart and the thoughtful meals they provide our kids. They're truly one in a million. I have also really appreciated the dedication Parker and CulinArt share to sustainability and green practices on campus. I am so thankful that Parker has chosen CulinArt, a company that shares Parker values, and that they took the time and effort at such a hard time to make sure that Parker is always on the forefront of green practices and safety - never compromising.”

“I just wanted to touch base as another school year draws to end. I cannot thank you enough for how smoothly this year went. Chef Felix [Herrera] and his staff made it seamless in a year with lots of wrinkles.    ”

“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!”

“Thank you so very much for the AMAZING dinner you provided for the President, Dean and Jim & Marilyn Simons. They really enjoyed it!! It was perfectly thought out and delicious. Your expertise and impeccable presentation and taste were truly appreciated!”

“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.”

“We can’t thank you enough for all the time and effort you put into getting this emergency shipment of water to our Waco, Tx office. As always, you guys pulled out all the stops and did everything possible to help! I know it doesn’t seem like much to you, but our employees in TX that need drinking water are truly grateful. I feel so fortunate to work with such true professionals. I think you set the bar that your competition wishes they could match!”

“I just wanted to express my thanks and give two thumbs up for the updates to our lunch menu. My selections have been quite tasty—corned beef Reuben, jambalaya—and I appreciate that, too! I am looking forward to trying some new items in the coming weeks. Keep up the good work!”

“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.”

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

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