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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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“I hope you do the food service in heaven.”

“Just want to take a moment to thank you for running such a great kitchen. It’s been a huge benefit to have such a delicious and various assortment of foods to choose from, all without having to leave the building. I’m always amazed at the daily variety and the quality of food that is offered. The cafeteria has made my food choices as easy as can be.”

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

“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. ”

“What a night! You and your team rocked it and made us look like stars. Great working with you and know we will have more chances to work together on future events.”

“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…”

“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.”

“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.”

“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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