Chef Coleen Donnelly Joins Indian Harvest


Indian Harvest, a foremost producer of specialty grains, beans, legumesand blends for foodservice, is pleased to announceChef Coleen Donnelly as the newest member of itsculinary team. In her role, Donnelly specializes in developing meal solutions for grades K-12 as the nationstrives to provide healthier options for school-age children and teens in light of proposed newUSDA guidelines that call for greater use of whole grains in menu planning.

“We’re delighted to welcome Chef Donnelly to the Indian Harvest family,” saysMichael Holleman,director of culinary development. “As demand for broader variety of whole grains increases among schoolbreakfast and lunch programs, Indian Harvest is ideally situated with our portfolio of high-quality andnutritious multigrain blends and pure grains to offer meaningful applications that capitalize on commonpantry items and existing cooking equipment. Chef Donnelly’s experience working with school districtsto incorporate tasty, whole-grain dishes that children of all ages enjoy will enable us to contributesignificantly to the well-being of a future America.”

A 1996 graduate ofThe Culinary Institute of America, Donnelly has an extensive career in professionalkitchens as an executive chef and restaurant owner, and in classrooms as a chef-instructor. From late-2000to mid-2003, she oversaw the kitchen at the Ross School in East Hampton, N.Y., managing the servingof 1,300 daily meals focusing on locally and sustainable grown ingredients. For the past several years,Donnelly, now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has dedicated herself to shifting focus on food in thenation’s schools to a healthy and sustainable model utilizing scratch cooking.

“I’m excited to join Indian Harvest’s culinary team,” Donnelly says. “This opportunity enables me tocombine my passion for food and my commitment to improving school meals with making great productspart of healthy and delicious meal choices for kids.”

Posted by Lauren 05/26/11

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