Park Tudor is pleased to announce that following an extensive search process with input from a committee comprised of parents, faculty and administration, we have hired Quest Food Management Services to provide all of our food service needs. Quest will handle daily lunches in the Commons, as well as provide catering services for meetings and events, pre- and post-game snacks and meals for athletic teams, event concessions, and will run the Lilly Orchard seasonally. Quest is known for providing high-quality food service at a reasonable cost to a variety of educational institutions with a focus on scratch-made cooking methods and locally sourced ingredients.
John Richey will continue as Director of Food Service, and we will also welcome an onsite chef – Brad Bridges. Brad obtained his culinary degree from the Louisiana Culinary Institute, and worked as an executive chef at Superior Seafood and Mondo, two well-known New Orleans restaurants. Brad relocated in 2014 to become the executive chef at Butler University.
“The committee agreed that Quest was a perfect partner for Park Tudor,” said Mary Cassidy, Park Tudor’s CFO, who led the search process. “We were all extremely impressed with the food that we tried when we saw their team in action at Francis Parker School in Chicago, and appreciate their commitment to cooking from scratch, an on-site chef and locally sourced ingredients.”
Some of the menu items that students will enjoy at lunch this year include homestyle favorites like meatloaf, spaghetti with homemade meatballs and chicken parmesan, in addition to international favorites like stir-fry bar, build your own tacos and Indian fare.
“We are committed to balancing healthy options at every meal we offer,” said Rachel Brown, District Manager for Quest. “Kids can enjoy our fresh salad bar each day featuring fruits, vegetables and composed salad options. Our scratch-based cooking and food philosophy help to make sure we are preparing healthy, nutritious meals. We will also be sharing allergen and nutritional information on our culinarysuite database. Additionally, we will frequently engage with Park Tudor students and community members to solicit feedback that will allow us to adjust the program to the community’s specific needs over time.”
Lower School students will continue to enjoy a family-style lunch, and Middle and Upper School students will have a variety of choices available daily. Menus will be posted in the parent and student portals of parktudor.org. When it opens in the fall, Lilly Orchard will offer a variety of local apples, along with the fresh apple cider we all know and love; Quest hopes to incorporate more offerings at Lilly Orchard as the season progresses.