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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which celebrates the rich cultures, traditions, histories, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout the history of the United States. As a dining services provider, our celebration revolves around food, so it’s only natural to highlight this month through that lens. Let’s take a look at some of today’s notable Asian American and Pacific Islander chefs and their culinary contributions and achievements. Chef Cristeta Comerford is in charge of...


From Our Dietitians: Sustainable Practices in the Kitchen

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With Earth Day around the corner, it’s a good time to reflect on the environmental impact of food and identify steps to create positive change for both people and the planet. We all can practice sustainability at home (check out some ways you can minimize food waste at home here). Here’s how SAGE’s Registered Dietitians — Lesley, Amy, Teresa, Taylor, and Anna — approach sustainability in the kitchen. According to Feeding America, 119 billion pounds of food is wasted every...


Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month

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Arab American Heritage Month is observed in April to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Arab Americans to the United States and to raise awareness about Arab American culture, history, and heritage. The heritage month’s origins can be traced back to 2017 with an initiative by the nonprofit organization Arab American Foundation and its sister organization Arab America. According to the 2020 U.S. census, there are about 3.5 million people in the country who reported Middle Eastern and...


12 Food Trends for 2024

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As we welcome the new year, SAGE’s Director of Menu Development Rob Coutu shares 12 food trends you may see throughout 2024. Comfort Food Fusion Comfort foods are getting an elevated, creative twist. Combining two types of mouthwatering comfort foods will be a hit in 2024. Think: cheeseburger quesadillas, pizza pot pie, carbonara ramen, and more! 2024 is Heating Up You’ll see heat being used in complex ways this year, including chile peppers in desserts, drinks, and even ice cream...


Top 10 Most Popular Crossroads Entrées

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We know the students we serve love mac & cheese and pizza, but we also know that their palates can be pretty sophisticated. Crossroads is our dynamic food truck-inspired concept, found at the intersection of fun and flavor. It offers both kid-friendly favorites and creative fusions from around the world. With feedback from our Touch of SAGE® app, our Assistant Director of Menu Development put together a list of the most popular Crossroads entrées in the communities we serve. Check...


Religious and Cultural Holidays in December

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December is a month marked by observance and celebration by several religions and cultures. In recognition of these holidays, we’re highlighting the customs and traditional foods of Hanukkah, Christmas, Yule, and Kwanzaa. Hanukkah This year, the Jewish holiday Hanukkah takes place December 7 through December 15. Hanukkah is an eight-day winter festival of lights, observed through nightly menorah candle lighting, special blessings, songs, and prayer. The holiday celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after driving out Greek...


On the Road With RDs: Menus of Change

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We’re back with a new edition of our “On the Road” blog series! We’re featuring SAGE Registered Dietitian Amanda Zimmerman, who attended the Culinary Institute of America’s annual Menus of Change conference in June 2023. We caught up with Amanda to hear about her experience and what she learned at this leadership summit. What was the Menus of Change conference about? This annual conference centers on topics that are critically relevant to chefs and operators in the food service industry...



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We’re excited to announce our All Foods Fit campaign! We want to encourage a positive relationship with food and remind you that all foods have a place on your plate. SAGE’s nutrition philosophy is All Foods Fit. This means that there are no “good” or “bad” foods because we eat many different foods for many different reasons. Food supports physical, social, emotional, mental, and cultural well-being — which support overall health. We want to honor and celebrate those reasons! Food...


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