'Taste and Talk' at St Teresa's Primary School
On 28th April 2017, Chartwells held a parents tasting session at St Teresa’s Primary School, giving parents the opportunity to taste the meals that were on the school menu that day.
Dishes included Jerk Chicken and Sweet Potato Gumbo with Rice and Peas, served alongside tea and coffee.
Overall, we gave 135 tasters away and found it to be a fantastic opportunity to speak to parents about the food we serve, answer questions and listen to their feedback. We even managed to attract some of the older pupils over who were yet to taste school meals, and they were pleasantly surprised!
Emma Hookham, our Public Health Nutritionist, was on hand to speak to parents on the day, stating that “it was wonderful to hear such positive feedback about the food and recent changes we have made to improve the menus we provide to children at lunchtimes. We hope this will lead to an increase in the number of children who have a tasty, hot meal at lunchtime.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Tadgh Fahy, the School Business Manager, who was on hand to help with the organisation leading up to event as well as being a helping hand on the day itself. We were delighted to have received the following message from him after the event:
“I would just like to say how much I appreciate Chartwells approach to team working and particularly working with us to win hearts and minds of families. We had another event yesterday (Taste and Talk) and served 135 samples to an extremely appreciative and very positive group of parents picking up their children in the playground after school. Previously, we have had a very well attended coffee morning with Chartwells and are hosting a coffee bar at the summer term parent teacher meeting day.
Unsurprisingly, due to the above the excellent kitchen and management team and also the improved product, participation has grown strongly under Chartwells. Clearly, there is plenty of headroom to expand into and I have great confidence in the wider team’s ability to deliver on this challenge".
We look forward to hosting another 'Taste and Talk' event at the school next term.