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Sapphire at School partners with St. Mary's


St. Mary’s, a preschool through eighth grade, will now be providing nutrition-focused school lunch program through Sapphire at School. Founder of Sapphire at School, Azmin Ghahreman, chef and owner of Sapphire Laguna Restaurant and Pantry, creates each dish with health in mind using locally-sourced wholesome foods for nutritious alternatives to the processed lunches traditionally served in cafeterias.

Meals and snacks are ideally proportioned and prepared each morning in the Sapphire at School Kitchen, a 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art cooking facility in Costa Mesa, and delivered fresh to the school cafeteria daily. Founded in 2007, the program currently partners with seven schools in Orange County and serves more than 4,200 students daily.

“We are excited to partner with Sapphire at School and offer nutritious, high-quality meals on campus,” said John O’Brien, headmaster of St. Mary’s School. “Chef Azmin has built an outstanding program; one that aligns with our mission to provide the best experience and guidance for our students, including a focus on the importance of a healthy and nutritious diet.”

Chicken Panini with sides

Ghahreman combines his culinary talents with Sapphire at School’s mission to nourish and educate young people for a lifetime of well-being. Modeled after the Mediterranean Food Pyramid, the daily-changing menu incorporates fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, sustainable and hormone-free meats and dairy products, and plant-based oils to promote good cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. Meals can be customized to accommodate children with allergies and special dietary needs; offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and low-sugar meals. To ensure the highest standards, Sapphire at School is overseen by a nutritional board comprised of doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, parents, chefs and educators.

Roman Spaghetti and Meat Balls

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