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Stop Food Waste Month

Happy April! This month we are all about reducing food waste to help celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd and Stop Food Waste Day on April 24th. Decreasing food waste has a ton of benefits ranging from financial, to environmental, and nutritional benefits. Our Wellness Wednesday theme will focus on Root to Stem cooking. These recipes allow for creative and innovative recipes and challenge chefs to utilize produce more efficiently – therefore, reducing food costs, creating less waste, and reaping all of the nutritional benefits of that piece of produce.

Seasonality is also something to consider to stop food waste. Choosing foods that are in season will help ensure freshness, increased availability, and may lower food cost.

Did you know you can consume almost 100% of all of these fruits and vegetables? (Be sure to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly when the skin is left on – ex: carrots, beets, cucumbers, etc.)

  • Broccoli and Cauliflower: 98%
  • Tomatoes: 99%
  • Honey Dew and Cantaloupe: 80%
  • Onions: 95%
  • Celery: 100%
  • Cucumbers: 100%
  • Mushrooms: 98%
  • Beets: 100%
  • Collard Greens: 100%
  • Mustard Greens: 100%

Here are some tips to use produce to the fullest and take advantage of root to stem cooking:

  • Stocks and broth: use stems, peels, stalks, and cobs to boil up your own stock or broth
  • Pesto’s, sauces, and spreads: use fresh herbs, veggie tops, or stems to grind up a tasty pesto, sauce, or spread
  • Slaws and salads: grate up and combine leftover veggies to create a delicious and fresh slaw or salad — top with your homemade pesto or sauce!

How will you become a Waste Warrior?

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  • April 1, 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.”

“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…”

“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!  ”

“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 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!!”

“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.”

“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’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 so very much for the AMAZING dinner you provided for the President, Dean and Jim & Marilyn Simons. They really enjoyed it!! It was perfectly thought out and delicious. Your expertise and impeccable presentation and taste were truly appreciated!”

“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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