At Your Service
ITEM – FUTURE CHEF COMPETITION -- On Wednesday, March 13, at Park View Middle School School, students from six elementary schools in the Cranston School District submitted recipes and learned about the importance of healthy eating while honing their culinary skills thanks to education partner and Quality of Life service provider Sodexo and its annual Future Chefs: Healthy Salad Challenge.
25 entries were collected and reviewed. The top 10 finalists were invited to compete in a live cooking event at Park View Middle School. The students prepared and assembled their salads for a group of esteemed judges including Olga Bravo, owner of Olga’s Cup and Saucer Café; Courtney Sevigny, Principal of Eden Park School; and Sodexo’s Chef Joanne Cafarelli and Stephen Foote. The judges selected the top three salads on the basis of:
- Healthy Attributes – how was nutrition integrated in the ingredients & preparation?
- Kid Appeal - would kids consider it fun (and therefore actually eat it!)?
- Ease of Preparation – ask the participant how it was prepared. How well did they simplify the preparation method to allow most kids to easily execute it?
- Fun Foods – would kids consider it fun (and therefore actually eat it!)?
- Originality – how creative did they get? Outside the box, without over the top, rules!
- Plate Presentation – how well did they display their finished product on their sample plate?
1st And the winners are ... drumroll:
– Larissa Derevyanko-Rainbow Salad (Oaklawn Elementary School)
2nd – Alexandra Cowart– Sunshine Salad (Glen Hills Elementary )
3rd – John Nardolillo-Strawberry Spinach Salad with Multigrain Crostini (Stonehill Elementary)
Larissa will move on to the national competition, where he will be joined by Future Chefs of schools from all over the country. The winning student from each participating district will be considered for 27 regional finalist awards, and the regional finalists will vie to become one of five national finalists.
ITEM – CRANSTON EAST AND WEST WIN BIG – IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE – Each year Sodexo issues a challenge to students to make healthy meal choices. This year Cranston East and West earned $1,500 ($1,000 and $500, respectively). This was Cranston East’s second win.
Principals Sean Kelly and Tom Barbieri accepted the checks on behalf of their student bodies. The money will be used at the schools’ discretion for student activities.
ITEM – ServSafe CERTIFICATIONS – On March 20, twelve Sodexo employees earned their Serve Safe certification. This certification ensures that our staff knows the proper handling of food from receiving to consumption, and in turn that all of our customers are eating a safe and enjoyable product.
ITEM – DISPLAY COOKING AT WESTERN HILLS
On March 15, the students at Western Hills Middle School received a special cook-to-order station for lunch. General Manager Lynne Conca, Manager Aaron Lenart, and Chef Steve Foote were part of the team that assembled the Asian Station. The students chose their vegetables and sauce, which then were sautéed with chicken and served over a bed of rice. The students enjoyed the variety of the selection and seeing their very own lunch cooked right in front of them. We look forward to providing display cooking at other secondary schools within the district this year.
ITEM – REWARDS FOR WORK WELL DONE – Attention Sodexo Employees: Based on the principles of the Sodexo Experience program, we will honor our Employee of the Month. If you are chosen, you will be given a certificate to hang at your school, and your picture will be posted on our Employee of the Month bulletin board.
Selection criteria include: Attendance, Attitude, Appearance, Customer Service, and Team Work.
ITEM – BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM UPDATE – In November we finished installation of Breakfast in the Classroom at six new sites. We now have a total of nine schools currently participating in one of Sodexo’s most rewarding programs.
Numbers don’t lie: We have seen an average breakfast participation increase of 87% this school year! We are excited about this growth trend, and we promise to do everything possible to make it continue.
MEET THE G. M.
Lynne R. Conca is Sodexo’s General Manager in Cranston. She brings a wealth of experience and commitment to her job – as every parent, student, teacher, and administrator who has had the pleasure of working with Lynne will attest.
Lynne has been with Sodexo for 19 years. She began as a cook and progressed through the ranks in Providence and Cumberland in the positions of Foodservice Manager and General Manager.
We have had Lynne all to ourselves in Cranston since 2010. What she demonstrates each and every day on the job is the sort of involvement that is most commonly associated with a loving parent. In fact, she is the mother of 19-year-old twins, Nicholas and Alanna.
Nicholas is an amazing, courageous man who struggles with autism each and every day of his life. His sister Alanna is a sophomore at Providence College.
Lynne Conca in her own words:
“At Sodexo, we strive to meet the needs of each and every customer in the Cranston School District. We are always looking to make healthy nutritional improvements, to stay fresh, and to be innovative. I welcome your feedback, for no one knows more about your children and our city than you do. Bottom line: We want your Sodexo experience to be pleasant and memorable.”
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Dum vigilo curo (While I watch, I care.)
– Motto, City of Cranston