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EPICUREAN GROUP
started talking about making healthy
choices, and movies and books came out
about how unhealthy the sugar, salt and
fat in processed, supersized food is for us.
We proved that we could deliver healthy
food at the same price as huge global
companies that serve industrial food."
How do they do it? Clark Bartlett
says there are three ways:
* Serving Seasonally
Food costs are low when supplies are
high. And that happens when farms
and gardens are at their peak.
* Buying Locally
Sourcing locally eliminates the transportation costs of shipping processed
foods from warehouses and factories.
* Supporting Community
Many competitors require their chefs
to buy their food from a subsidiary
company, often at higher prices.
Epicurean Group buys food directly
from producers in the local commu-

nity at fair prices - for the grower
and the company.
As an industry leader, Epicurean
Group remains dedicated to environmentally and socially responsible
management practices. The company is
passionate about healthy, fresh food and
delivering an incomparable dining experience, whether it's a corporate café or a
university dining hall. "It's exciting and
not always easy," Clark Bartlett says. "If
it was easy everyone would be doing it
and they're not. We have fun with it and
our chefs are very passionate about it. We
really put our hearts into what we do."
To keep the culinary team up-to-date
on the latest trends and education, Clark
Bartlett hosts an annual companywide
meeting where she also highlights
Epicurean Group's accomplishments,
goals, values and how they align with
its clients. She invites world-renowned

chefs and thought leaders to speak.
"The teaching aspect is so important,"
she adds. "It's critical that people in our
company understand our values and why
we are doing this. We want people to be
aware of all the issues around food."
Epicurean Group wants to help feed
the world better food, and its more than
450 employees work passionately for the
cause because they have the freedom to
be creative. "I think that in the culinary
world, when they have the freedom to
do that - to create - that's what makes
it satisfying," Clark Bartlett says. "Our
chefs are proud of what they do, their
food looks phenomenal and they have a
unique camaraderie because they are all
very passionate about healthy, delicious food. Each of our cafés operates
independently. The chef and manager
collaborate with their client to create
seasonal menu items that their customers are hungry for."

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Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M1
Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M2
Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M3
Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M4
Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M5
Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M6
Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M7
Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M8
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Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M10
Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M11
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Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M47
Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M48
Retail Merchandiser - September/October 2016 - Global Sensation - M49
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