Episcopal Partners with SAGE Dining Services

As part of Episcopal’s efforts to ensure the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of students, the school saw an opportunity to improve the food in the cafeteria. To that end, we are excited to announce that beginning next year, Episcopal will offer students a new and delicious dining experience – one that focuses on healthy food options that are of exceptional quality. The school has partnered with a new dining service provider, SAGE Dining Services®. SAGE works with schools like Episcopal to offer a “wow” experience with signature concept meals that fit every dietary need. (Visit their website: https://www.sagedining.com/)

Enhanced Dining Experience
In August, students will return to a new layout in the Buck Student Center, one designed to enhance their dining experience and allow them more time to visit with each other and enjoy their food. There will be a single, all-inclusive lunch which offers unlimited seconds. Better and healthier food will now be offered at a lower per average meal cost. Key elements of this experience are the food, the focus on education for our students and providing the technology to support it.

Food
SAGE makes meals from scratch with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and is particularly mindful of offering many options for students with allergies. Several concept stations will be located around the Buck, and each will offer something different. Allergens will be identified at all stations. Stations will include: The Main Ingredient®: hot entrees; Improvisations®: salad bar; The Classic Cuts Deli®: meats, cheeses, homemade soups, Crossroads: food truck-inspired station at The Beak, Splashes: beverage station, and
Mangia! Mangia!: hot pizza and pasta.

Education
SAGE’s philosophy is “Variety, Balance, and Moderation.” Their Spotlight Program helps students make informed decisions about what to eat by using a color coded system to show an item’s nutritional value, based on current USDA guidelines. Green, yellow and red dots indicate how much and how often foods should appear on a plate. With the school, SAGE will also be offering Educational Seasoning, a monthly program that brings historical, cultural, and culinary topics to life for our students with informational guides and creative displays. Some of this
year’s topics include: Got Gluten? and Waste Not, Want Not.

Technology
SAGE offers a mobile app, Touch of SAGE™, to keep parents and students informed of daily meals. Online menus, ingredient lists and allergen filters are all options to ensure students find meals that they enjoy and are able to eat. A notification system allows students to input their favorite meals so they know when they are available, and a feedback system allows them to rate and provide feedback on items. In the Buck, tablets will be located at all stations providing information about what is being offered at the station. Monitors will show the day’s offerings.