Pizza, cookies, and cheeseburgers. CB students know and love the new lunch menu, but do they know what goes on behind the kitchen counter? During the pandemic and distance learning, Christian Brothers brought in a new lunch crew known as Epicurean Group, which was first introduced during hybrid learning with a preorder system. Now that […]
Pizza, cookies, and cheeseburgers. CB students know and love the new lunch menu, but do they know what goes on behind the kitchen counter?
During the pandemic and distance learning, Christian Brothers brought in a new lunch crew known as Epicurean Group, which was first introduced during hybrid learning with a preorder system. Now that we are back at school full time, students have had a better opportunity to try it out. Walking around the main lawn during lunch, almost every student had the signature cardboard container holding their CB lunch.
“The lines are long, but that just means people want it and there is high demand for it,” Miguel Cornejo (‘22) says.
When asking what is so special about the ever-so popular school lunch, Miguel says “the lasagna is pretty bomb”. He wouldn’t even share a bite with me. It is obvious that the CB community loves this new system, but what goes on before the lasagna hits the plate?
Behind the face of the Epicurean Group is the Cafeteria Manager Mr. Tim Wheeler, who filled me in with all of the details and benefits of the new system. He has been in this industry for five years, working in schools throughout Sacramento such as Jesuit and Saint Francis. As the cafe manager, Mr. Wheeler is working at the “front of the house”, meaning at the registers or helping students order.
After experiencing interactions with CB students, Mr. Wheeler has been beyond impressed with the kindness displayed towards him.
“You guys are so nice and polite.” Mr. Wheeler remarks, “it’s not something you always see, especially at a high school level.”
Something the new company prides themselves on is sustainability. They want to keep the environment clean by using 100% recyclable, eco-friendly, biodegradable paper products. Especially for schools and communities using eco-friendly products, being conservative with waste is important as ever.
Not only is the company conscious of sustainability, but also staying fresh, honest, and local is what the group aims to stand for. Buying ingredients from local vendors only to be cooked fresh daily is what makes CB lunch CB lunch.
“We want to be transparent with you guys,” Mr. Wheeler explains.
One thing that stood out to me when talking to Mr. Wheeler was how much they care about us students. “If there is something you want and don’t see, tell us,” he said. “We want your feedback”.
In October, the new team will host an event, “What’s Hot or Not”, to talk to students about what they like or dislike about the menu. They take in requests for new items and really listen to the students to see what they would like to see coming up. This is a great opportunity for students to try new foods and get involved.
Getting to know Mr. Wheeler and all the positives of the new system have me hungry for some of that lasagna Miguel wouldn’t share with me.