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New networking concept has taste buds watering

A new business networking concept has taste buds watering.

Launched last summer, an organization called Savor the Taste of Business provides an opportunity to make professional connections, enjoy a tasting of gourmet cuisine, and engage in lighthearted fun – all in a home or office setting.

Established by Jennifer Toone Corrigan, owner of marketing firm In Toone Communication, and her husband Dan Corrigan, a well-respected home chef, Savor the Taste of Business helps area professionals meet like-minded business people eager to grow client and customer bases – and make valuable, enterprising conneDSCN1529ctions that last.  Read more…

Book now for “Savor The Taste of Business” on August 26th!

SAVOR logoCraving new professional connections, gourmet cuisine, and lighthearted fun? BOOK NOW.

The first event in June was amazing – now let’s grow this wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded business people eager to expand client, customer bases, and make valuable, enterprising connections that last.

The evening culminates in an unforgettable gourmet tasting prepared by very well-respected home chef, Dan Corrigan. Delicious meat, seafood, and vegetarian options will be happily offered.

In Toone Communication, 130 Wyndham Avenue, Providence, RI.

Join us from 5:30pm-7:30pm Wednesday, August 26.

$15 per person via PayPal. Non-refundable. Reservations recommended as space is limited.

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Dan Corrigan’s Savory Pot Roast Sundae




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For information, driving directions, and monthly meeting dates, contact Jennifer Toone Corrigan at jtoone@intoone.com.

Hundreds of R.I. students rally against bills to block expansion of charter schools

By Linda Borg
Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE — In perhaps the largest display of charter-school muscle, more than 300 students filled the State House rotunda Tuesday to add their voices to the contentious debate over the future of school choice in Rhode Island.  Read more…

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Sodexo lands U.S. House of Representatives contract

Sodexo has been awarded a four-year contract with the U.S. House of Representatives starting August 10, 2015 that includes management of food service operations for all House cafeterias, catering services and vending machines.

Sodexo replaces the previous operator, Restaurant Associates, which continues to provide food service to the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Sodexo operates and manages food service for a number of government agencies in the Washington, D.C. area, including the Department of Transportation, Department of the Interior, U.S. Patent and Trade Office and the Department of Defense.

http://food-management.com/news-trends/sodexo-lands-us-house-representatives-contract

 

Starbucks barista at Liberty University wins championship competition for Virginia

For the first time in the United States, Starbucks is officially challenging their partners to make the best latte art, espresso drinks, and be even more knowledgeable about coffee.

Joshua Meekins, a talented Starbucks barista for Sodexo at Liberty University, won for Virginia during the primary stages of the Starbucks Barista Championship.

Challengers must be able to create a perfect flat white, create a beautiful custom hot espresso beverage, and talk about the core Starbucks coffees in a knowledgeable way and to guide a customer in picking out a perfect at-home coffee.

“Liberty’s Starbucks proved itself as a training ground for young talent by participating and Josh has made us incredibly proud for representing the location with great talent and skill,” said Sodexo District Manager Anthony M Delligatti.This achievement also underlines the high quality of the location on Liberty’s campus as well as showing the significance of Liberty across the country as a campus with talented coffee baristas.”

Meekins was selected from eight participants in Virginia and Tennessee. He and another semifinalist from Tennessee were reviewed for their performance by the Starbucks regional manager, who then chose who advances to the next level of competition in Atlanta.

Sodexo at Framingham State University receives Employer of the Year Award

Sodexo at Framingham State University recently received an Employer Recognition Award from the Greater Worcester Employment Resource Collaborative (GWERC).

The award recognizes businesses, institutions, and organizations in and around the city of Worcester that go “above and beyond” expectations in promoting the hiring of qualified persons with disabilities.

GWERC recently held a breakfast in May at Worcester Technical Vocational High School to honor employers.

Community Enterprises, a member of GWERC for approximately five years, meets once a month to discuss potential job leads. There are members of local businesses in attendance that keep everyone up-to-date on job openings at their business. Also it is a place where job seekers can come in and bring their resume for feedback.

Nulu Nalunga came to Community Enterprises from MRC last fall with a food prep certificate in hand.

And the job hunt began-Nulu was motivated, Sodexo at Framingham State University was contacted, and set up a meeting with the operations manager Stoyan Mihnev, and told him of Nulu’s qualifications. After thinking about it for a bit, asking lots of questions, he did what most employers should do. He took a chance and called her in for an interview.

Not only did he take a chance -he and his staff showed a tremendous amount of patience throughout the entire training and hiring process. There was so much teamwork involved, and everyone was learning as they went along. Nulu needed 2 CDI interpreters, and 2 ASL interpreters for the interview process and training periods. It took twice as long, but paid off for everyone in the end.

Stoyan Mihnev and Eric St. Onge –Nulu’s direct manager helped Nulu get her feet off the ground any way they could by educating the staff, helping  Nulu came up with different ways to communicate with her coworkers, and by providing reasonable accommodations so she could excel at her position and overcome communication barriers. She does everything now from cleaning, food prep and serving hot meals. She is now a 40 hour a week employee and even got a summer job working for Sodexo at EMC.

“Since her first day of work Nulu has been an exemplary team member,” said Sodexo General Manager Ralph G. Eddy at Framingham State University.  “She has worked hard not only to excel in her job responsibilities but also to foster communication with her co-workers and supervisors.  When I found out that we had been nominated I was honored.  At the awards breakfast, when I found out that Nulu had nominated Sodexo, I was truly humbled.”