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One-on-One with a SAGE Team: Allen Clark and Mohamed Dirir

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Meet dream team Allen Clark and Mohamed Dirir, Food Service Director (FSD) and Executive Chef at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, Georgia. Their philosophy on working as a team and striving to be better every day is inspiration for us all! What’s the ideal relationship between a FSD and an Executive Chef? Allen: It’s built on trust. The FSD trusts the Executive Chef to produce food that completely meets SAGE standards for taste, safety, and presentation. The Chef trusts...


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...


One-on-One with a SAGE Executive Chef: Kim Durm

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Kim Durm has served as the Executive Chef at Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) since November of 2015, and she’s been with SAGE since 1995. Kim’s sage (lowercase, that is) advice on life and teamwork is informed by her keen sense of humor, refreshing perspective, and generous goodwill. How did you get into the foodservice business, and with SAGE? Actually, I wanted to be a cop. But I was a very hyperactive child. I had to be doing something...


One-on-One with a Food Service Director: Alice Mathews

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Alice Mathews, Food Service Director at St. Martin's Episcopal School in Atlanta, GA, feels a responsibility to help students develop healthy eating habits while keeping the lunch experience fun and exciting! Who inspired you to cook? My grandmother loved to cook and I loved to spend time with her. She never followed a recipe. She just used a pinch of this, a dash of that, and whatever ingredients were around. If you could prepare a meal for anyone, past or present, who would it be, and what would you...


Summer Program Feature: A Path to Success at GFS

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Some seventh-grade girls spend their summer afternoons with friends on the beach, chasing the sweet spot between a summery glow and a sunburn while reading their favorite author’s newest novel. At Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland, a group of girls rests their heads on their desks while the lively intonations of an audiobook reverberate through the darkened classroom. When the tape clicks to a stop, the instructor flips the lights on and the girls lift their heads. Then...


One-on-One with a SAGE Food Service Director

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FSD Robyn Kunze has been with SAGE for nearly five years in her current position at Phoenix Country Day School. Robyn is an experienced chef, avid educator, and team leader who brings her passion for food and community to everything she does. What do you do on a daily basis? I do a lot of planning and organizing. I’m always coordinating orders and menus, and working with my Team when they need help with anything. I also help out with...


One-on-One with a SAGE Software Developer

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Technology is of great importance to SAGE—not only our meals, but also our tools, are made from scratch. We invest in building custom, state-of-the-art technological solutions for our clients, from the ground up. Meet Senior Software Engineer Leela Sedaghat—violinist, fashionista, and ping-pong player extraordinaire—a Renaissance woman whose easy eloquence and big-picture sensibility fly in the face of the one-dimensional "techie" stereotype. How did you become interested in software engineering? I’d always been interested in computers and coding, but I’d never considered it...


Tapping into Our Roots: Rediscovering Community by Eating Locally

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Now that school's winding down, most of our students have summer reading assignments— and they're not alone. SAGE has summer reading, too! We take our mission to "inspire minds" seriously, not only for the students at our schools, but also for our leadership across North America. That's why our District Managers and other leaders are assigned a book to read each summer. When school's back in session in the fall, they all get together to discuss key chapters and apply what they've learned to...


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