February 01, 2021
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Time for Lunch!
What do you think when you think of school lunch? Maybe a hot lunch option, a Taco Tuesday wish, or a vegetarian alternative? Are you picturing, as Food Service Director Mr. Nicholas Tofini says, the “Rolls-Royce” of food service? You are if you’re thinking about SAGE!
SAGE, an acronym for Setting A Good Example, has been the food service provider at CMCP since last year, and Mr. Tofini has been here since that time. “I’m here for the students and the CM community,” he says. “I don’t want to put anything on the menu that people don’t want to eat. I’m very much a people person. Whatever is wanted, I’ll put it out there, and it’ll be the best meatloaf or chicken parm or anything else,” he says, speaking proudly of his team and their culinary skills. “The food speaks for itself,” he continues. “It’s delicious and all locally-sourced. It’s the real-est, healthiest food you can be eating.”
These delicious, healthy menus are planned well in advance and each plan is sent to SAGE’s dieticians and nutritionists in the home office. “They nitpick everything!,” Mr. Tofini exclaims. “Oh, you didn’t have a green vegetable in this plan, so make that change, etc.,” he elaborates. Their menus receive a scratch factor, too. When you eat with SAGE, you’re eating the freshest local produce available. Now, we all love french fries and chicken nuggets, so our scratch factor isn’t at 100%, but it’s pretty close at .76%!
“I’m still learning what the community likes,” Mr. Tofini shares. SAGE has been at CMCP since last year, so as he puts it, “it was hard to get an idea of what everyone wanted because from August to September, we were in a trial period...” where the SAGE team would write menus and see what went over well, “...and then it was January-February… and, COVID,” he sighs. But the SAGE team used that time to think of ways to better serve the CMCP community. “I had a lot of time on my hands that I used to write the upcoming menus, and we had Zoom meetings 2-4 times a week on reopening trainings. There’s a whole SAGE University that’s come out of this. I’m even doing a virtual tour this week!,” he enthuses.
“We’re an open door,” Mr. Tofini continues. “Questions, comments, concerns, please reach out. Give me, not advice,” he laughs, “but feedback. We want you to come in to the cafeteria and say ‘Yes! Can’t wait!’ Remember, we’re here for you.”
Download the Touch of SAGE app today and discover what’s for lunch next week! Favorite what you love and leave feedback on how often you’d like to see what’s served on the menu. And don’t forget to follow them on Instagram @sage_at_chaminademadonna for photos and videos. Check out their feed linked in the newsletter!
See you in the cafeteria!
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