by Grace Hatton, staff writer
We’ve heard a lot about Sodexo on our campus recently, but Sodexo isn’t the only company in the race for Warren Wilson’s food services contract. On October 7th Sodexo and two other food management companies will submit contract proposals to Warren Wilson. The companies up against Sodexo are Chartwells and Bon Appetit.Both have different visions for Wilson and different backgrounds.
Chartwells is part of the larger group Compass Group USA which is based out of Charlotte, NC. They cater to all University of North Carolina schools including UNC Asheville.
Chartwells offers food management services to colleges as well as K-12 schools. Their website places emphasis on their commitment to providing nutritional education along with preparing their foods from whole fresh ingredients, limiting the use of processed foods.
Chartwells claims to purchase locally grown produce whenever possible to help support local farms and communities. They also claim to support local farms practicing ecologically responsible farming methods.
Their mission is ‘to consistently deliver superior service in the most efficient way, for the shared benefit of our customers, shareholders, and associates.’
Bon Appétit is based out of Palo Alto, CA. They provide food services for corporations, colleges and universities. Princeton Review named Bon Appétit #1 in college food.
Bon Appetite’s website places emphasis on their commitment to sustainable food services and also cooking food from scratch using fresh seasonal ingredients. They claim that menus are written based on seasonality and availability of regional fresh product. They also claim that whenever possible, the menus are produced locally using sustainable and organic practices. On Bon Appetite’s website there is a list of farmers around the country that they use for their seasonal ingredients.
Bon Appetite’s vision is ‘to be the premier on site restaurant company known for its culinary expertise and commitment to socially responsible practices.’ Their mission, according to the website, is to be ‘a culture driven to create food that is alive with flavor and nutrition, prepared from scratch using authentic ingredients. We do this in a socially responsible manner for the well being of our guests, communities and the environment.’
Details of Chartwells and Bon Appetit’s proposals have not been revealed, but it is clear Sodexo has some impressive competition and will have to put forward an impressive contract proposal on October 7th if they want to retain their relationship with Warren Wilson.