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Forman School honors Denee Hinman for Company Achievement, Dedication to Mission

LITCHFIELD, CONN., Nov. 16, 2022—Forman School has featured Denee Hinman (above, standing, center), CulinArt Group’s director of dining services at this school for high school students and post-graduates with diagnosed learning differences, in its biannual alumni magazine.

Hinman joined CulinArt in 2017 as the director at Forman School after 18 years in dining services. She was named this year as one of two Managers of the Year for CulinArt, an award for which she was nominated for her achievements in Inclusion Excellence. Forman took notice of the award, and spotlighted Hinman in its alumni magazine and on its web site as her efforts coincide with the school’s mission to help Forman students build identities that outshine their diagnoses.

CulinArt Group District Manager Hilary Ham has worked with Hinman for the past two years and nominated her for the award. “It is very important to [Denee] to understand and respect the unique needs, perspectives, and potential of all of her team members,” says Ham. “Every associate, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or what disability they have, feels supported in all areas. She has created a group of people with a diverse set of talents by maintaining a trusting workplace environment where each person can shine. She has an amazing team.”

“Denee also strives for inclusion when it comes to ensuring students’ dining services needs are met—and that they feel completely comfortable within the dining realm,” Ham adds.

Hinman started her career as a social worker for a residential treatment facility but eventually pursued her passion for the food industry. Prior to her current role at Forman, she owned a deli and restaurant and served in various capacities in dining services at other independent schools.

“I love working at Forman because it is a place where I can always be myself, and I feel loved,” she says. “There is a level of trust that we have established that allows me to be creative, especially with events. It is a true partnership that I value greatly.”

She adds that she was honored to receive the recognition for her hard work.

“I honor women and different ethnic backgrounds, and I pride myself on educating my team members about the individuals that have disabilities,” Hinman says. “It is in getting to know my staff that I am able to focus on the strengths they bring to the table.”

“It is a true honor to be recognized as Director of the Year, and I hope to someday teach others,” she continues. “There is no job that I can’t do in the kitchen, and on a daily basis, you can find me wiping, sweeping, and even doing dishes. I want to be known for leading with kindness, compassion, and through example.”

In addition, Forman School’s dining team was named Team of the Year in 2021 for delivering hospitality excellence.

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

“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.”

“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!”

“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…”

“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.”

“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.”

“I can’t thank your entire team enough for the outstanding service, food, displays, everything!  You are a master at detail, and because of that Adam and I were able to focus on the parents.  I know what a sacrifice pulling off a weekend like this means, we are so appreciative and grateful to you all for your talent and generosity.”

“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.”

“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!”

“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.”

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