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One-On-One with Food Service Director Hope Walker

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Meet SAGE Food Service Director Hope Walker! She’s been with SAGE for 23 years, all at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland. She was recently recognized by Food Management as one of 30 Foodservice Heroes, chosen from more than 400 nominations across the country, for going beyond the call of duty and demonstrating the best of the onsite dining community.  We chatted with Hope to talk about her food service career and why she enjoys...


Mercersburg Screams for Ice Cream!

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At SAGE, we pride ourselves on finding innovative ways to delight the communities we serve and honor their culinary traditions. Mercersburg Academy, a southern Pennsylvania boarding school dating to 1836, has had a tradition since the 1980s of pretzel pie. Jeff Gray, SAGE General Manager at Mercersburg, showed his creativity by putting a twist on this in-demand dessert. Taking inspiration from the popularity of pretzel pie, he coordinated the creation of Mercersburg Pretzel Pie Ice Cream, a vanilla base mixed...


Lunchroom as Classroom Part 2: How SAGE Makes the Dining Hall a Learning Space

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This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1 here. At SAGE, we believe that positive dining experiences support and enrich classroom learning. As such, we make it our mission to create exceptional dining experiences that delight the senses, inspire minds, and foster community. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how we fulfill our promise—and how you can make lunch a more enriching, educational experience: Provide safe, delicious food for everyone. A great dining program starts with amazing food. We...


Lunchroom as Classroom Part 1: How Lunch Furthers Education

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Imagine if there were a class that improved students’ wellbeing and performance in every other class. Here at SAGE, it’s not a utopian dream. We call it “lunch,” and many schools are missing out on the opportunity to make the most of it. Lunch provides a number of benefits. Let’s start with the basics: hungry kids don’t learn well. Study after study demonstrates that kids who have breakfast, who get the recommended levels of iron, and who do not...


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