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Coffee is often times a thankless item for food service providers. Its availability is expected each second of every day across multiple locations on campuses. Even with a strong environmental consciousness on West Coast college campuses, most students just want a cup of coffee fast and hot, no matter where it came from. When it comes to Groundwork Coffee, however, a Farm to Fork coffee roaster in North Hollywood, the origin of their beans and the communities who produced them are held in high consideration. Not only does Groundwork roast tasty coffee beans, but they also have a strong commitment to conservation and supporting communities in need. During an October visit to the LA area, I visited Groundwork Coffee and met sales manager Sean Adler, who gave me a tour of the facilities, where they roast thousands of pounds of […]

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What do local farms have to do with kitchen safety? Both farmers and food service providers have a responsibility to keep their customers from becoming sick — and the better you know those customers, the heavier that responsibility weighs. In addition, the more Bon Appétit employees know about the farmers and artisans who provide the food served in the cafés, the more they can inspire customers to support these local heroes. Supporting local food producers rewards our community with tastier, safer food that contributes to our local economy. Employees of Bon Appétit at Duke University in Durham, NC, recently had the opportunity to connect food safety and farming first hand