We're reminiscing about our SavCo Fam field trip to tour of one of our favorite local produce partners, Gateway Farm! Gateway provides us with 100% organic goodies throughout their long growing season and is on the forefront of the 'no till' farming movement. In August 2018, we enjoyed a tour from farm manager Ben Kasmenn and tasty bag lunches from Tavolina!
In June of 2018, Sava's hosted U-M students from the Center for Positive Organizations in the Ross School of Business Magnify Program. The students studied how SavCo creates the employee experience from orientation through, observing and interviewing our employees and learning about our employee experience over a three-day period. At the end of the week, they led a Q&A and then presented their observations and insights. We had so much fun welcoming this cool crew and are so grateful for this experience!
In spring of 2018, the Aventura team hosted 7th and 8th graders from Scarlett Middle School on their Spanish class year-end field trip. Middle schoolers and chaperones learned about Aventura, Spain, and Tapas from Chef Raúl, finishing their day with an unforgettable tapas feast!
In April of 2018, second graders from local Angell Elementary toured Aventura while enjoying our favorite tapas (croquetas de manchego, patatas bravas, and pan a la catalana) and learning about restaurant goods and services at three different learning stations: 1. Kitchen with Chef Raul >> How do we source our ingredients? How and when do they get delivered? How do we cost our food for the menu? 2. Staffing a Restaurant with Janelle and Gianna >> How many people work here? What kinds of positions are there? How does each position work? How does the food get to the table? 3. Aventura History with Harry >> Who are we? What is Tapas style dining? Where is Spain? What a BLAST!!
In April 2018, Sava's hosted The Fair Food Network along with local Flint food businesses Sweet Peaces Veggie Bistro, MaMang, and The Poke Bowl. During this all-day event, Flint entrepreneurs got a crash course on growing a successful food business with a focus on what it takes to make it in the catering and restaurant industry. Highlights included a kitchen tour, business planning session, and, of course, a delicious meal! We were so thrilled to support The Fair Food Network with their mission to increase access to healthy food for families who need it most, while creating opportunities for American farmers and stimulating local economies.
Food Gatherers, a local organization that strives to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community, runs a summer-long culinary arts training program for homeless and at risk young adults between the ages of 16-22. Chef teams at both Sava's and Aventura participate yearly in this phenomenal program, teaching job and life skills to a very special segment of our local youth population.