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October Superfood: Pumpkin

Pumpkins are part of the Cucurbitaceae family along with squash, cucumbers, watermelon, and gourds. Long before they were carved into spooky jack-o-lanterns, they were made into bowls and used as storage for grains and beans. Pumpkins are made up of 90% water, contain more fiber than kale, and are rich in tons of vitamins and minerals! Beta carotene gives pumpkins their orange color and makes them a good source of vitamin A to help with vision and immunity. Roast, blend, puree, use in soups, bake, and don’t forget to roast pumpkin seeds for a snack and even place on top of oatmeal or yogurt!

PUMPKIN SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE
•Pumpkin pie spice contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves, all of which have health benefits
•Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, omega 6 fatty acids, tryptophan, fiber, poly and mono unsaturated fatty acids
•Pumpkins have a high content of vitamin C which helps to maintain healthy skin, teeth, and bones, and helps absorb iron.

 

PICKING PUMPKINS
Look for one that is completely orange. Pumpkins that are partially green might not ripen any further. Keep in mind that medium sized pumpkins are best for carving while smaller ones are best for cooking. A ripe pumpkin has a hard shell that does not dent or scratch easily. Examine the entire pumpkin carefully for soft spots and test it by pressing on the back or bottom of the fruit, never on the face.

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  • October 1, 2018

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“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 have really appreciated the wonderful cafeteria staff we have via Culinart and the thoughtful meals they provide our kids. They're truly one in a million. I have also really appreciated the dedication Parker and CulinArt share to sustainability and green practices on campus. I am so thankful that Parker has chosen CulinArt, a company that shares Parker values, and that they took the time and effort at such a hard time to make sure that Parker is always on the forefront of green practices and safety - never compromising.”

“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!”

“We can’t thank you enough for all the time and effort you put into getting this emergency shipment of water to our Waco, Tx office. As always, you guys pulled out all the stops and did everything possible to help! I know it doesn’t seem like much to you, but our employees in TX that need drinking water are truly grateful. I feel so fortunate to work with such true professionals. I think you set the bar that your competition wishes they could match!”

“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.”

“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!”

“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!”

“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

“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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