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SOLUTION PROVIDER EPICUREAN GROUP
Building Culinary Leaders
Getting into the kitchen, collaborating,
learning from each other and cooking
together has built strong camaraderie
among Epicurean Group's chefs. "There
is quite a bit of collaboration each summer, as our chefs get ready for back to
school," Clark Bartlett notes. "They team
up, help each other, text pictures over the
weekend and all work together. They're
excited about what they are doing."
Epicurean Group hosts a number
of professional development sessions
throughout the year for its chefs. "Bang
the Pot" is a quarterly group training
where chefs come together to share ideas
and learn new techniques. The company
also started a new training program,
"Building Culinary Leaders," to expand
its chefs' and sous chefs' skills in accounting, purchasing, management and public
speaking and "round out the whole person." "This is exciting for us because the
more they understand, the more successful they will be," Clark Bartlett says.

Fresh, Honest, and Local
Epicurean Group's fresh, honest, local
philosophy will help it change one environment at a time and educate the community, Clark Bartlett believes. "Americans are so used to eating every fruit and
vegetable all year long that we've forgotten what's seasonal," she says. "When
you cook according to Mother Nature's
schedule and prepare food in season, it
tastes better and is more nutritional."
To cook and serve what's in season,
Epicurean Group visits local farms to
talk about their products before choosing them as a supplier. "We are lucky to
be in the 'food mecca.' The best food and
wine in the country can be found right
here in California," Clark Bartlett says.
"It's so important to support our local
farmers, and to eat like our grandparents
and great-grandparents ate."
In the fall, Epicurean Group will
launch a new program, in conjunction
with Fair Trade Campaigns, to promote
Fair Trade products and values. The
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Epicurean Group
strives to deliver
high-quality food
at reasonable
prices by sourcing
seasonal goods and
supporting local
communities.

Learning from and Contributing to Slow Food

Slow Food is a grassroots organization that's fighting to preserve local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people's dwindling interest in the food they eat.
Founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1989, Slow Food has evolved into a movement that now involves
millions of people in more than 150 countries who are working to ensure everyone has access to
"good, clean and fair food."
Slow Food hosted in September the biennial Terra Madre Salone del Gusto conference in Italy.
Clark Bartlett was first invited two years ago and again this year to be a delegate. "The conference
was inspirational and provided a fascinating look at how the rest of the world eats," she remembers. "One thing we took away from it two years ago was the ancient grains that are used around
the world. We developed an 'Ancient Grains' program for our caf├ęs with these recipes to give our
customers the option of enjoying a complete protein that's not meat."

company will continue to stay true to
its value of supporting local farms and
artisan producers, even as it expands
into new markets beyond its northern
California home.
One of its newest clients is in the
middle of Oklahoma. "We work with
local suppliers who know our specs
and understand our values to source
and deliver to the Oklahoma location,"
Clark Bartlett adds. And, she believes,
as organic, local and seasonal products
become more mainstream, demand will
grow and products will become more
affordable. "There is a demand for good
food and we are answering it," she adds.

Understanding Food
The company will continue to focus on
education and to share their knowl-

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edge. Epicurean Group's ultimate goal
is to educate Americans about freshly
prepared, seasonal food and help them
understand what they are really eating
when they eat processed food.
"They can spend more on food now
or on healthcare later," Clark Bartlett
explains. "When food is delicious,
there's nothing more satisfying. We
need to teach people how to eat - to enjoy the pleasures of seasonal local food
and food traditions, to celebrate over
food and to eat something that's good
for you."
From skepticism to imitation, Epicurean Group's business has grown and
prospered. "We're happy to have been
leaders in sustainable foodservice and to
have inspired so many followers," Clark
Bartlett says. O


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