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Ehrhardt, Ham stress safety as CulinArt ramps up

RYE BROOK, N.Y., May 26, 2021—CulinArt unit managers reopening dining services this year can expect a more inquisitive client and need to be on top of their game when it comes to safety protocols, according to two speakers joining CulinArt’s Matt Santarpia in the latest Round the Table Zoomcast. The fifth installment of this popular educational series focuses on safety as the pandemic subsides, clients welcome back students and workers, and dining services volume ramps up after months of low or no activity.

Some clients know what protocols they want to follow, while others “need us to lead and guide them,” says District Manager Hilary Ham. “You have to be open to everything now; clients are coming to us with a lot of questions.”

That’s because COVID-19 was and continues to be a game-changer, according to Ron Ehrhardt, VP Safety for Compass Group. “Before COVID, it was all about great food, great service, wellness, promotions, and keeping our guests happy,” he says. “Now, it’s all about COVID-19 safety. Managers have to be experts in COVID-19 and be aware of the most current CDC, state, and jurisdiction protocols. We expect a lot from our managers; with COVID-19, we expect that much more.”

Click here to view this episode of Round the Table; and here to view a Q&A with Ehrhardt and Ham on safety topics presented to them by CulinArt associates.

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  • May 26, 2021
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“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.”

“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.”

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

“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!”

“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.”

“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!”

“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!”

“Thanks so much for a great week of food here at SCH to start off 2021. Everything has been fantastic. The kids were loving the Chinese food and boxes today. The Moo Shu Pork was amazing. Great work!”

“I will say lunch was pretty awesome today.”

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