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Stop Food Waste Month

Happy April! This month we are all about reducing food waste to help celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd and Stop Food Waste Day on April 24th. Decreasing food waste has a ton of benefits ranging from financial, to environmental, and nutritional benefits. Our Wellness Wednesday theme will focus on Root to Stem cooking. These recipes allow for creative and innovative recipes and challenge chefs to utilize produce more efficiently – therefore, reducing food costs, creating less waste, and reaping all of the nutritional benefits of that piece of produce.

Seasonality is also something to consider to stop food waste. Choosing foods that are in season will help ensure freshness, increased availability, and may lower food cost.

Did you know you can consume almost 100% of all of these fruits and vegetables? (Be sure to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly when the skin is left on – ex: carrots, beets, cucumbers, etc.)

  • Broccoli and Cauliflower: 98%
  • Tomatoes: 99%
  • Honey Dew and Cantaloupe: 80%
  • Onions: 95%
  • Celery: 100%
  • Cucumbers: 100%
  • Mushrooms: 98%
  • Beets: 100%
  • Collard Greens: 100%
  • Mustard Greens: 100%

Here are some tips to use produce to the fullest and take advantage of root to stem cooking:

  • Stocks and broth: use stems, peels, stalks, and cobs to boil up your own stock or broth
  • Pesto’s, sauces, and spreads: use fresh herbs, veggie tops, or stems to grind up a tasty pesto, sauce, or spread
  • Slaws and salads: grate up and combine leftover veggies to create a delicious and fresh slaw or salad — top with your homemade pesto or sauce!

How will you become a Waste Warrior?

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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.”

“The dinner I had tonight at Forman was not only the best meal I have had at Forman in the entire time I have been here, it was the best meal I can remember having anywhere in a long time. [It] was a restaurant quality meal, and it added to the enjoyment that the two young ladies serving me could not have been more charming. What an energizing way to finish a weekend eating a dinner like that.”

“I would like to thank you and your staff for helping to make our Annual Holiday Party a Great Success.  You did an Amazing job from the décor, the food and the service you provided! I have heard nothing but great comments. As always, I enjoyed working with you and your team.”

“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.”

“I just wanted to give a huge compliment to the cook at Main Street. Today I had the Salmon Super Bowl and it was amazing!!!! Every day I go in there she always has something that looks too wonderful to pass up! Thank you for always having such a variety of food!”

“The CulinArt team has been great to work with and has been super flexible. Having worked with other dining services at different institutions, having a dining team that is open to menu changes has been a great resource for our events. ”

“I wanted to take this moment to thank you and your staff for making the Athletic Celebration absolutely wonderful. I cannot say enough great things about the event. The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic. Thank you for your help from start to finish.”

“Yesterday I ordered the special (Bloody Mary Burger) which was one of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted, [but] this e-mail is not to praise the burger.  Eating the burger reminded me of the great service, professionalism, the smiles, the knowledge and the great food that I have come to love each and every day.  Your team, who really work as a team, take their time to explain nutrition and meal ideas, and encourage healthy eating.  I wouldn’t change one thing about this crew. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for their hard work each and every day.”

“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!”

“I just wanted to send a quick note acknowledging the wonderful food and service provided by our new vendor.  The food was delicious and the students consistently commented on how amazing everything was.  What a difference! In addition, the staff and management were so easy to deal with – very professional.  They were punctual, responsive and attentive to our needs.  Thank you again for making a positive change to the quality of life of our students.”

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