JTS Wins Annual Healthy Dining Award

The Dining Hall Is Honored With a Top Prize in the 2010 Whole Grains Challenge

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January 11, 2011, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) tied for first place in the “College and University” category of the 2010 Whole Grains Challenge, an annual competition held by the Whole Grains Council. The council is a nonprofit organization that aims to educate consumers, manufacturers, and the media about the health benefits of whole grains. The competition celebrates healthy meal-planning at workplaces, universities, schools, and restaurants around the country.

According to the rules of the Whole Grains Challenge, each participant must offer at least one whole grain option every day. During the monthlong competition, the Whole Grains Council evaluates how creatively and educationally that option is presented. JTS’s success demonstrates how well a kosher kitchen and healthy eating go together. According to JTS dining services manager Richard Costas, the cooking staff at JTS meets those goals and is “able to translate the latest trends in fine dining and nutrition to a kosher setting. Having a very talented executive chef, Joseph Landa, who is also a health and fitness expert doesn’t hurt!” Landa came to JTS in 2003 after many years as a chef at various restaurants in New York City. He now serves about 600 customers per day at JTS. In addition, Costas says, the bulk of The Dining Hall’s work is catering. “We respond to any and all food requests here at JTS, from an in-office breakfast for the chancellor and a donor, the Purim luncheon for Student Life, or breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 500 rabbis for a weeklong conference.”

Flik Independent School Dining, the company that manages dining services at JTS, earned the 2010 Whole Grains Challenge grand prize. This is only the second time in the four-year-old competition that a grand prize was awarded.

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