FNCE Recap 2019 - CulinArt Group

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FNCE Recap 2019

Where can you go to hear the latest in nutrition research, sample the newest food products on the market, and even meet Bob of Bob’s Red Mill? The Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE)! Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, FNCE is the world’s largest meeting of food and nutrition experts. This past October, thousands of Registered Dietitians, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, and industry leaders descended upon the convention center in Philadelphia, PA and CulinArt’s team of Registered Dietitians were right in the middle of it all! After three days of compelling lectures, tasty samples, and informative poster sessions, they are now filled with the latest in food trends, nutrition and sustainability research, and a larger network of nutrition and culinary professionals from which to draw inspiration and ideas.

Kaitlyn McGill, our NJ based RD, cites an “informing and inspiring seminar on Intuitive Eating” as a highlight of the Conference while Laura Martorano, MS, RD, CDN, RD at Stony Brook University, states “attending the seminars was the highlight of the trip.” Laura was able to expand her knowledge by attending seminars covering various topics that were useful to her role at Stony Brook University. Melissa Talley, RD at the George School in PA found several great snack options to recommend to the students including Chickpea Puffs, a healthier alternative to traditional cheese puffs. Many of the products featured had allergens and intolerances in mind; various snacks and bars were free from of the top 8 major food allergens and a variety of grain-free breads, muffins, and other baked goods dominated the expo floor. Minimalism was key as several one-ingredient products took center stage including lentil pasta and banana chips. Bob’s Red Mill, a company committed to offering pure, whole grain flours, baking mixes, and granolas displayed their large line of offerings; Bob himself was there to introduce new products and talk about the mission and beliefs of his company.

The Compass Group community had a strong presence at FNCE. It was wonderful to have our CulinArt RD team unite in person, rather than virtually. We spent time growing as a team and connecting on daily challenges and solutions from our own experiences. The CulinArt team was also able to meet many of our Envision Group and Compass RD colleagues. It was nice to be able to network and learn from other Compass RD’s experiences in the field.

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  • November 11, 2019

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What our clients are saying

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“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!”

“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!”

“This has been a year of unprecedented uncertainty, but through it all, Denee, chef Darby, Samantha, and the whole CulinArt team, provided the best dining experience the school has had in my thirteen year tenure.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with them, and I can't wait for next year when the craziness of COVID brings everyone back into the dining hall for meals. We look forward to working with Denee, Chef Darby, Samantha, and the rest of the CulinArt team again next year.”

“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’m the GM for Branson [Ultrasonics] and based in the Brookfield office.  This is the first week that the café has been up and running in our new headquarters and just want to acknowledge the great job Adam Schnittert and the CulinArt staff onsite have done.  Our employees’ feedback thus far has been very positive.  The expanded options and menu quality have been very well received.  Just want to send you a quick note of thanks.”

“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!”

“You know that I haven't been home (India) for a long time now.  I miss my mama, I miss the food, I miss the smells, I miss the people. Starting yesterday, I started to smell my mama's kitchen at Parker.  I KNEW something Indian was brewing; I could smell the garam masala!  Thank you for the delicious tofu curry.  It made my belly and soul happy.”

“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!”

“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.”

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