Cincinnati Country Day School partners with SAGE Dining Services, a premier provider of dining services and gourmet catering to private schools, colleges and corporations across the United States, to prepare nutritious lunches for students, faculty and staff.
SAGE meets the varied palettes of today’s students, by offering menu choices that balance popular items and healthy fare.
Our Dining Terrace menu rotates on a four-week cycle and consits of food prepared from scratch whenever possible. SAGE's policies and menus comply with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Registered dietitians review school menus and are available to our food service director for consultations regarding nutrition questions. The CCDS community is able to choose from the following daily selections:
- Improvisations –Improvisations™ is SAGE’s newest station concept, designed to spark the creativity of our chefs and customers alike. Moving beyond the traditional salad bar concept, we provide both fresh, seasonal ingredients as well as composed salads and suggested flavor combinations, challenging patrons to explore new combinations of tastes and textures.
- Classic Cut Deli® – featuring a wide variety of meats and cheeses along with tuna salad, egg salad and fresh-roasted turkey breast.
- Stock Exchange – a hearty soup station providing two homemade soups from scratch; one soup is always vegetarian or vegan.
- The Main Ingredient® –the hot entree station, including at least two entrees (one is always vegetarian or vegan) a starch, and two fresh vegetables.
- Transit Fare® – on-the-go foods featuring pre-made wraps, packaged vegetables, salads, sandwiches or yogurt.
- Baltimore Baking Company – a wide variety of desserts and breads with low sugar or low-calorie options.
- Splashes – our extensive selection of beverages including our variety of Spa Waters.
- Rice Bar – featuring offerings such as fried rice, jasmine rice or wild rice.
We also feature our Monthly Nutritional Seasonings, which are geared to enhance the community's awareness of lesser known food items and even add knowledge of foods surround us every day.
- September/October - Eat Locally: Helping students and staff to fully understand the value of buying and eating local foods through creating a relationship with a local farmer.
- November -Thanksgiving in the Wild West: students will gain an understanding of how difficult it was to plan for meals on the long journey west during long cattle drives.
- December -Culinary Trades: Educating students and staff on the history of kitchen and how it applies to modern kitchen operations
- January -Stews: Sharing regional, traditional and historic stews in a low cost manner.
- February -Southern African Cuisine: Exploring Southern African Cuisine and its origins.
- March -Tea Time: Exploring various kinds of teas.
- April -Fair Trade Foods: Exploring what fair trade is and describing SAGE's efforts to provide fair trade products to our schools while practicing these principles in our operation.
- May - Dress It Up: Introducing students and staff to new dressings and a bit about the science of mixing up something delicious.
What We Are Doing to Help the Environment
We are entering the third year of our trayless serving program! A study by the University of Cincinnati suggests it is possible to reduce the food and paper waste by at least 20% by removing trays from the dining
Look for more organic and local selections featured through out our menu as well as items from CCDS's own garden to further support our goal of sustainability.
This year we will be using a vinegar and water solution as a cleaning and disinfecting agent for our Dining Terrace tables. It is a wonderful GREEN cleaning alternative. This, along with the APEX cleaning system used in our dish machine, are movements toward reducing the use of harsh chemicals and creating a safer environment.
Dining Terrace Policies and Procedures
- Please dispose of all waste from the table when you are finished dining.
- Put any recyclable items into the appropriate containers.
- Take only the food you plan to eat and please eat all the food you take.
- Please do not remove any utensils, cups, plates, or dishes from the Dining Terrace.