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2023 Food Trends

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As we welcome the new year, SAGE’s Director of Menu Development Rob Coutu shares food trends you’ll likely see on menus in 2023. Boards: Just as charcuterie and artisanal cheese boards have become more popular, other types of boards — like breakfast boards, butter boards, buttercream boards, and whipped feta boards — are also gaining momentum. Boards are interactive and a fun, easy way to offer variety and entertain guests. Crema: This spreadable condiment is similar to sour cream and...


The Making of a SAGE Menu

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SAGE has been promoting scratch cooking and focusing on variety since the beginning. We understand a positive mealtime experience can impact students and their academics, attendance, athletic or extracurricular activities, and overall well-being. That’s why we put such care into making sure every menu provides a variety of options to properly fuel our communities and accommodate all palates and eating patterns.   The foundation of a SAGE menu is our scratch-made recipes. Each SAGE recipe is written by one of...


California Consumer Privacy Notice to California Employees and Job Applicants


SAGE Dining Services, Inc.’s (“SAGE”) California Consumer Privacy Notice to California Employees and Job Applicants Effective Date: January 1, 2023 This California Employee Privacy Notice (the “California Employee Privacy Notice”) supplements the SAGE Privacy Notice and California Consumer Privacy Notice and applies to the personal information of California employees, interns, contractors, volunteers, and applicants for those roles collected by SAGE. This California Employee Privacy Notice also applies to information provided to us about employees’ relatives or others that is...



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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...


Serve It Safely: Our Approach to Food Allergies

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Did you know, according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), 1 in 13 children in the United States has at least one food allergy? In the schools SAGE serves, 1 in 11 students has been diagnosed with a food allergy. To keep our guests with food allergies safe, we’ve developed a comprehensive allergen safety program called Serve It Safely. Our program begins with menu design. Managers team up with our Registered Dietitians and work closely with each venue to...


2022 Food Trends

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As we welcome the new year, SAGE Executive Chef Rob Coutu shares food trends you might see popping up on menus in 2022. Chili crunch: Chili crunch has taken the lead in the world of global condiments. Loaded with Szechuan chili flakes, crispy garlic, shallots, sesame seeds, and other spices, this fiery condiment could be replacing the crushed pepper shakers you see in pizza restaurants. People are using this on everything from pasta and dumplings to eggs and ice cream...


December Religious and Cultural Holidays

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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, Kwanzaa, and Yule. Hanukkah This year the Jewish holiday Hanukkah begins in November and ends in December. 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...


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