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Join the Vegetable Revolution with CulinArt!

Here at CulinArt we are joining the Vegetable Revolution by bringing plant based products back to the center of the plate!

This does not mean only vegan or vegetarian meals – it is far from that – it is plant-forward. Plant-Forward can be defined as a style of cooking that emphasizes, but is not limited to, plant-based foods. Making these menu items inherently more sustainable and provide more health benefits like additional vitamins, minerals, heart healthy fats, antioxidants, and fiber.

Here are some common terms you may hear in the Vegetable Revolution world:

  • Plant Forward: this is a big umbrella term for a concept that includes a range of nutrient dense and sustainable culinary approaches – it is a style of cooking. From poultry, fish, dairy, to vegan and vegetarian offerings, it is a way to emphasize and highlight plant-based products while also including some animal products too. Plant forward may also be seen as “plant-rich,” “more plant-based,” or “flexitarian.”
  • Flexitarian: focuses on dietary patterns that include more plant sources of foods and are much less reliant on animal products.
  • Plant Based: this term refers to the ingredients themselves. For example: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans. legumes, soy foods, nuts, seeds, plant oils, herbs, and spices. This is different from plant forward, which refers to the style of cooking, where plant based refers to the actual ingredients.
  • Vegetarian: a dietary pattern that does not contain any meat, poultry, or fish, but may, or may not, contain dairy, eggs, and honey.
  • Vegan: a dietary pattern that does not contain any products that come from animal sources.

One of CulinArt’s favorite plant-based, vegetarian recipe is

Whole Wheat Pasta with Lentil Bolognese

INGREDIENTS (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 tsp Basil, fresh
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic cloves, peeled, minced
  • 3/4 cup Lentils, yellow, dry
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Oregano, fresh
  • 1 each Shallots, peeled, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili flakes, crushed, dry
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar, granulated
  • 1 lb `0 oz Tomatoes, fresh, diced
  • 1/2 cup Water, boiling
  • 1 cup Carrots, fresh, shredded
  • 1.5 lb Whole wheat pasta, cooked


  1. Prepare pasta according to box instructions – any shape of whole wheat pasta will work
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, shallots, and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly softened and fragrant. Turn down the heat if it starts to brown
  3. Add red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, sugar, water, and lentils. Increase heat slightly and bring mixture to a simmer, then reduce head to low/medium-low and continue cooking until lentils are tender – stirring occasionally – about 17-20 minutes. Add a bit more water if the mixture gets too thick.
  4. Once the lentils are cooked, taste and adjust seasonings as needed
  5. Serve sauce over whole wheat pasta and garnish with parmesan cheese



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  • July 22, 2022



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.”

“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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