As one facet of the Health, Safety, and Well-Being program, Episcopal offers students a delicious dining experience – one that focuses on healthy food options that are of exceptional quality. The school partners with SAGE Dining Services® to offer a “wow” experience with signature concept meals that fit every dietary need. (Visit their website: https://www.sagedining.com/)

Enhanced Dining Experience

The layout in the Buck Student Center is designed to enhance students’ dining experiences and allow them more time to visit with each other and enjoy their food. There is a single, all-inclusive lunch which offers unlimited seconds. Key elements of this experience are the food, the focus on education for students and 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 are 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. SAGE and Episcopal also offer 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 provide information about what is being offered at the station. Monitors will show the day’s offerings.