Sapphire at School, a program founded by Sapphire Laguna’s Chef Azmin Ghahreman, which is designed to teach children about well-balanced nutrition and feed them delicious, fresh, chef-prepared meals, is thrilled to announce it will begin serving the close to 875 students and faculty at St. Anne School in Laguna Niguel, California, out of the completely remodeled two-story multi-purpose building beginning February 2.
The previous open-air, one-story dining pavilion was demolished to make way for the facility updates which began in 2014. Renovations included the addition of four restrooms, the installation of several 42-inch monitors for digital menu display and real-time updates, along with adding a 4,100 square foot second story foodservice and multipurpose space. Serving K-8 students, the new accommodations will alleviate congestion at service windows and, with the tiered dining schedule, will allow for a more enjoyable and relaxed dining experience. To manage the expanded dining amenities, St. Anne School has hired an additional Sapphire at School staff member.
The upper level will also serve as a much-needed versatile technology-rich room that showcases two 90-inch wall-mounted TVs along with a state-of-the-art audio system controlled by touch-screen panels. Along with student dining, the multi-purpose area will be available for clubs, meetings, practices, and various student activities that require more space than the classroom setting.
Originally partnering with Ghahreman and his Sapphire at School program in 2009, St. Anne School has shown continued commitment to the overall improvement of student dining. The school renovated its kitchen facilities in 2006 so Sapphire at School would have the tools necessary for the onsite preparation of fresh, balanced meals for students and staff.
About Sapphire at School
Chef Azmin Ghahreman sees each child as his own responsibility, and coined the phrase “Every Child Is My Childâ„¢” making it his mission to develop and nurture programs that take a positive action on behalf of children: providing delicious, innovative and healthy meals that broaden the mind and the palate. Sapphire at School was launched in 2007, and aims to provide a fresh and healthy alternative to the standard institutional and fast-food fare that have resulted in a generation of overweight children. Sapphire at School currently partners with nine schools in Orange County and serves more than 4,500 students daily. The program is based primarily on the Mediterranean Food Pyramid, using heart-healthy foods which produce meals that are not only nutritious, but taste good as well. Contributing to the ongoing development and advancement of the program is the Sapphire at School Nutritional Board comprised of the area’s leading pediatric medical, nutritional and dental experts and professional chefs. For more information regarding Sapphire at School, please call 949-715-9260 or visitwww.sapphireatschool.com.
About St. Anne School
Nurture with care. Teach with creativity. Embrace life. Treasure faith. These are the guiding principles that shape the educational philosophy and community of St. Anne School. St. Anne School in Laguna Niguel is an independent Catholic school that fosters the intellectual and character development of its students, preschool through eighth grade. St. Anne welcomes students of all faiths and provides unparalleled academics and extracurricular activities designed to challenge, educate and nurture the whole child in an atmosphere of support and close personal attention, in partnership with parents. Founded in 1992, St. Anne School is a National Blue Ribbon School and is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). St. Anne offers 2, 3, and 5 day preschool options, full-day kindergarten, and extended daycare. For more information, please call (949) 276-6753 or visit us online at www.st-anne.org.
About Sapphire Culinary Group
The Sapphire Culinary Group is a collection of innovative companies headed by Chef Azmin Ghahreman. Under his direction, they are each, in their own unique way, devoted to bringing the bold flavors and exciting tastes of globally inspired freshly interpreted cuisine to discriminating customers. Sapphire Culinary Group is made up of Sapphire Laguna, Sapphire Pantry, Sapphire Catering, Sapphire at School, AG Consulting, and Sapphire at Work. For more information, visithttp://sapphireculinarygroup.com/.