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01/03/22

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...

12/01/21

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...

11/04/21

Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month

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What began as a day of recognition in the early 1900s with American Indian Day is now a monthlong celebration of the rich cultures and traditions of American Indians. Also known as American Indian Heritage Month or American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, National Native American Heritage Month honors the many Indigenous peoples of the United States. Each November, we celebrate the history, culture, traditions, and contributions American Indians and Alaska Natives have made in shaping the United States...

06/14/21

The Icing on the Cake: Homemade Buttercream

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To treat communities at the end of the school year, our teams competed in the SAGE Cupcake Challenge. Check out their creations on Instagram! Here are the most popular ones, which we’re adding to our Recipe Collection: Toasted S’mores Cupcake: St. George’s School. Raspberry White Chocolate Cupcake: River Oaks Baptist School. Devil’s Kettle Corn Caramel Cupcake: Moses Brown School. Cherry Coconut Macaroon Cupcake: Mount Aloysius College. Mac Daddy Oreo Delight Cupcake: Moses Brown School. Now it’s your turn — make...

05/24/21

International Cuisine: Philippines

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Experiencing Filipino cuisine is like taking an intimate walk through the country's rich and varied history. Located in Southeast Asia, the Philippines nation comprises more than seven thousand islands, forming the Republic of the Philippines archipelago. The islands' long history of colonization is ever apparent in their culture and food. Named for King Philip II of Spain, the Philippines were part of a Spanish colony for more than 300 years. Before the discovery and subsequent Spanish colonization, the Philippines enjoyed...

05/11/21

Celebrating Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

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May is Asian/Pacific Islander American 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 the food...

03/31/21

One-on-One with a SAGE Food Service Director: Hope Walker

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In honor of Women’s History Month in March, we’re celebrating the women of SAGE, what they’ve already accomplished during their food service careers, and the outstanding example they set for students as they create exceptional dining experiences every day. Since starting with SAGE in 1999, Food Service Director Hope Walker has developed strong, long-lasting relationships with the community at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Maryland. She described how the dining program has changed because of COVID-19 and...

03/15/21

Shiobanne Karampekios and Michele D’Amario: A Dynamic Duo for Beaver Country Day School

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In honor of Women’s History Month in March, we’re celebrating the women of SAGE, what they’ve already accomplished during their food service careers, and the outstanding example they set for students as they create exceptional dining experiences every day. For almost 20 years, SAGE has been the dining partner at Beaver Country Day School in Massachusetts. Senior Food Service Director Shiobanne Karampekios has worked there since 2019, following the arrival of Executive Chef Michele D’Amario in 2018. After sharing stories...

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