Private School Dining - CulinArt Group

Private School Dining

In the private school sector, CulinArt maintains a contemporary approach to the school dining center – from exhibition cooking to sliced-to-order delis to afternoon “fuel for fitness” snack programs.

CulinArt is a leader in private school dining programs, serving esteemed day and boarding schools throughout the country. Never a cookie-cutter, and always an innovator, we pride ourselves on the passion of our people, our staunch commitment to wholesome, nutritious meal preparation, our stringent sanitation and food safety programs, and our dedication to serving the students of these schools well, each and every time they sit down to eat.

CulinArt similarly understands that environmental stewardship is important to the educational development of students. Going beyond simply environmental awareness, CulinArt is a true partner in our schools’ sustainability missions. Together, we want to be environmentally innovative, instructive, creative, and proactive.

Culinary Innovations


CulinArt presents an exciting array of meal choices and culinary innovations to meet the tastes of today’s student – everything from hearty entrees and international cuisine to vegetarian and vegan meals; pizza made with low-fat cheeses and whole-grain, fresh house-prepared dough; and a “downtown deli” program that features paninis, wraps and traditional and signature specialty sandwiches (to name just a few of our dishes).

CulinArt recognizes the diversity in K-12 appetites and nutritional needs, and works hand-in-hand with school administrators and our own on-staff registered dietitians to create mutually pleasing menus and food choices. CulinArt is a staunch proponent of the USDA’s MyPyramid for Kids program, reminding students to be physically active every day and to make healthful food choices based on the food guide pyramid.

Wellness Solutions

Today’s K-12 kids have very sophisticated palates. As such, we strive to provide menu choices that go far beyond chicken nuggets and fries. Our chefs create well-balanced and exciting offerings to nourish young bodies and minds. Our registered dietitians ensure that menus meet state USDA guidelines, but also make recommendations that go above and beyond. Together with school administrators, school nutrition committees, and parents, CulinArt works to provide solutions that are tasty and nutritious. Extensive staff education on special dietary needs (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and other allergens) is part of each school’s back-to-school training program.

In addition, our Wellness Department takes an active role in helping to educate our children on the benefits of healthy eating. Through hands-on recipe creation, interactive workshops, take-home worksheets, and classroom lessons, children receive an outstanding supplemental nutrition education. Educational information (through café tips and lectures) always strives to send a positive message about food by reinforcing the power of fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains – versus focusing on numbers.

Sustainable Solutions


CulinArt is committed to adopting sustainable foodservice practices in all aspects of our operations – not just for the benefit of our clients and ourselves, but also for the betterment of private school students. We firmly believe that food can and should be incorporated into the educational process. Involving the students in activities that range from recycling and composting to on-campus gardening and even visiting farmers’ markets goes a long way toward achieving that goal. Our dining hall menus feature locally grown produce and our kitchens recycle plastic, glass, and cardboard from food packaging. Paper napkins, cups and cutlery for carryout are made from sustainable resources.

Toward that end, CulinArt offers a comprehensive suite of solutions for private schools that can be deployed in operations based on the goals and priorities of our private school dining clients. We believe that programs should be modular, scalable and dynamic to meet the needs of our clients as well as changes in the marketplace. Indeed, CulinArt’s growth emanates from the ability to assist our clients in moving their greening efforts forward by adopting sustainable practices such as local sourcing, on-campus gardening, recycling and composting, among other tasks.

Marketing Solutions

Effective marketing strategies are essential to every successful dining program, even those in private school institutions. They’re needed because the students, faculty, and staff in today’s independent schools have more dining options available to them than ever before. And, if you want to keep their lunch dollars on-campus, then you have to have a marketing strategy in place to attract and engage them.

At CulinArt, we have professional marketing solutions that can help your school create and implement the targeted campaigns it needs to generate excitement about its particular dining program. We take into consideration the school’s culture, spirit, environment, student preferences, and more to create custom marketing solutions that are unique to each client.

From limited-time promotions and daily specials to themed events and more, CulinArt’s proven marketing solutions attract more customers while enhancing the revenue potential of your private school’s dining program.

Technology Solutions

CulinArt Group Corporate Dining Technology SolutionsParents choose to send their children to private schools because they want them to receive the best education possible. In terms of quality, private schools are expected to provide their students with the best curriculum, the safest learning environments, and the highest-quality dining services as well.

One way CulinArt helps our private school clients achieve their culinary goals is through the advanced technological solutions we bring to our dining programs. We utilize powerful web-based applications that enable your food service team to meet the ever-changing needs of your students, staff, and guests with ease, all while increasing productivity and overall efficiencies.

CulinArt’s Dining Service Technology Solutions for Private Schools include:

  • Cashless Payment Systems – Our cashless payment systems gives your diners more financial freedom and flexibility, which translates into increased revenue potential for the school.
  • Digital Menu Boards – Digital menu boards can be programmed in real-time to attract and inform students, faculty, and staff about that day’s menu.
  • Web-Based Accounting Software – Our easy-to-use web-based accounting software program allows for unit-level financial reporting. The data is relayed instantly between the private school’s dining service and our corporate office.

CulinArt makes it easier and more affordable for private schools to enjoy fresher foods, greater customer satisfaction, and improved quality control. With our accounting software, you can expect accurate budgetary management for food costs, labor costs, inventory control, forecasting, and more.

Food Safety

Any high-volume kitchen needs to follow certain food safety practices and protocols in order to ensure the safety and satisfaction of their workers and diners. This includes kitchens used in private school dining service programs. At CulinArt, our dining programs utilize best-in-class food safety practices that strive to exceed all local safety and health inspection standards. Our food safety protocols are engaged behind the scenes, but they have a major impact on the overall satisfaction of your students and staff.

The success of any dining service starts with exceptional ingredients, but in order for those ingredients to be transformed into delicious dishes, a safe and clean food prep area needs to be maintained at all times. CulinArt excels in this area because we don’t compromise on food safety. Our practices include:

  • Monthly Safety Training and Development Workshops that are mandatory for all food service personnel
  • ServSafe® certification accredited by the National Restaurant Association
  • Registered ServSafe® Instructors are available in all of the areas we service
  • All safety initiatives and programs are inspected and supervised by our Director of Food Safety
  • All safety initiatives are qualified by our Regional Safety Coordinators before they are implemented
  • Fresh foods are selected and purchased strictly from approved vendors who are regulated by federal, state, and local laws
  • Fresh foods are inspected by our vendors prior to delivery, and then they’re inspected again by our team members before preparing and serving
  • All team members, at both the management and associate levels, are trained in ServSafe®/HACCP procedures, which include proper temperature control (receiving, cooking, cooling, and serving), storage, and personal hygiene
  • All team members wear specialized safety footwear from Shoes For Crews, the leading provider of safety footwear for the hospitality industry

CulinArt also has a partnership with our insurance carrier, in which agents conduct regularly scheduled risk assessment inspections in order to detect and resolve potential safety issues before they arise.

Financial Solutions

FinancialSolutionsPrivate schools have a fair amount of independence in their approach to providing services to students, but at the end of the day, budgetary guidelines must still be met. At CulinArt, we assist in this endeavor by providing proven financial management solutions that are specifically designed for the unique needs of our independent school clients.

CulinArt specializes in providing the private school sector with customized, high-quality food services that excel at meeting the individual culinary needs and budgetary requirements of each of our clients. CulinArt’s integrated financial management solutions are proven effective and designed top-to-bottom to help you achieve your food service goals without compromising your budget.

Cafe Design Consultation

Private and independent schools provide top-level instruction in safe and friendly learning environments. There’s no reason why their dining services shouldn’t follow similar standards. At CulinArt, we have the resources and professional partnerships necessary to transform your school’s dining facility and culinary programs into a true representation of your school’s culture.

CulinArt handles it all, from concept to construction. We have well-established partnerships with some of the country’s leading architects, designers, contractors, and equipment retailers and this enables us to design and create technologically advanced and aesthetically beautiful dining facilities for our private school clients.

CulinArt has a full suite of design services which include:

  • Schematic Design – Our professional design partners create inspired designs that address prime dining facility issues in full, including traffic flow optimization, visual appeal, and workspace efficiency.
  • Concept Development – Every project’s concept is developed and managed by a team of professional marketing managers, operational executives, and consultants with vast experience in private school food service trends and program development.
  • Equipment Layout – Our trusted vendor relationships enable us to equip your kitchen with quality products that best suit your school’s culinary needs.
  • Construction – We have management personnel onsite during the construction process for easy-access, point-of-contact support.

What our clients are saying

“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!”

“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.”

“Just wanted to thank you and the team at Lake Success for taking care of us for my daughter's birthday. I figured the event was going to be straight forward, but it felt like the event was treated with just as much care and attention to detail as a wedding or other big event, which was very much appreciated. You anticipated everything that we needed and are so capable, bravo! The party was 10x more beautiful and lovely in reality compared to how I imagined it, thanks to you guys.”

“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.”

“Just came back to campus after a year of pandemic [and] just want to say that I can really tell the effort that both dining halls and all of the other locations are really putting in to make us students still feel like there is more than enough food available, good food, fresh food, healthy food. I don't think students are aware that there is such a food shortage/worker shortage and that what goes on behind the scenes must be a logistical nightmare. But I recognize it at least :) the staff was been so friendly and kind, even in the very rare occasion when something took longer than expected I could tell they were trying their absolute hardest to provide it fast and with great quality. Great job to all of them, this one student greatly appreciates the effort you all do. -Student, Stony Brook University”

“I wanted to recognize the individuals at the Valley Forge Site Café who have been supporting us throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.  I have been onsite at least a few days every week since June 2020 and I noticed that the team continued to provide quality and timely service for breakfast and lunch.  They effectively packaged the food to maintain CDC guidelines. Thank you!  ”

“Dear Chef Anthony: Hi! It’s the kids from Room 223 [and their teacher, Mrs. Smith]. We thank you for providing us with such great snacks and lunches! We know how hard you and your staff work. We have been talking as a class and we came up with some of our favorite snacks. We really love the brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Scooby snacks. The soft pretzel bits are really good, too. Thank you again! ”

“I will say lunch was pretty awesome today.”

“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!”

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