Traci Des Jardins entered college at the University of Santa Cruz intending on becoming a veterinarian. She quickly learned her passion laid elsewhere. She petitioned star chef Joachim Splichal to give her a chance in his kitchen; he gave her two weeks to prove herself. “It was an atmosphere of militarism, aggression, abuse, yelling,” she said. But she made it. She left Splichal and went to France to study at the famed Troisgros, where she was the only woman of 25 kitchen apprentices. Again, she made it. She is now the chef and co-owner of six restaurants, including the highly awarded Jardinere in San Francisco.
The food is just incredible! I really mean it…I hope you know that I am not just saying this. It’s so colorful, fresh, and delicious…so special every day!”
Just a note to say thank you for all of the delicious food you and your staff serve each day. I never knew kale could taste so good!
Outstanding food, outstanding service, outstanding people. I brag about MG to my peers at other schools, and even to my friends and family!
Thank you so much for all the gluten-free options this year! All of your staff have been so helpful. They make a point to come up to me at meals and let me know what options you have for that meal. Salads are great, but sometimes a warm meal is just what you need!
Thanks for all of the good work you and your team did to ensure that last night’s welcome gathering for new faculty went off without a hitch. I’m so grateful for Team MG working so hard to make sure things are done the right way.
I just want to thank you for always having such wonderful healthful choices that taste absolutely amazing! You have truly inspired my palate and given me new love for foods that were once far from comfort for me.
Many times I find a favorite thing out of the many items served during lunch, and although the featured spinach and fruit salad was visually stunning; the SHOUT OUT winner of the day hands down was the very delicious unassuming Vegetarian Pinto Beans!!! The onions were glistening and the peppers served as a complimentary color to the two different shades of beans…I have one regret and that is I didn’t think to take a picture!
Thank you for making pimento cheese today! It not only is divine, but also hit the spot. I now regret wasting 62.5 years of life on this planet in which I did not eat this heavenly mix. As I explore different recipes in my home kitchen I will try my best to live up to the standard demonstrated by what I had today.
Everything was wonderful…as usual! The food was scrumptious…and the weather was gorgeous!
I would not change a thing! Your staff was not only professional, but warm and caring. They truly set the tone for a memorable night. The food was delicious…our family and friends left with hearts and bellies full!
Thanks for the delicious soup and the new harvest salad – and thanks for removing half the calories out of the Farm Basket brownie…haha.
THANK YOU for your help today with the open house! Our visiting families raved about the personalized environment. We had a student tell us that Guilford went from his 3rd to 1st choice!
Thank you for all of your hard work on the meals and breaks for the Alumnae Board. The food was outstanding; everyone raved about each meal. Favorites included the grits on Saturday morning and the butternut squash soup on Sunday. YUM!!!
The amazing characteristic is that, on a day by day basis, you give us nutritious, varied, interesting, delicious food…not just something special for company. Please know how much you are appreciated and loved by this community.