Hello again, friends!
This past week, I had to travel to Atlanta, GA for orientation. I have been working as a dietitian for about four months now, and it is mandatory for all managers, chefs and dietitians to learn about the company.
I do not want to bore you with the details, so I will just cut to the chase.
For those of you who have never heard of Compass Group, it is a large foodservice company which provides quality food to various parts of the community including nursing homes, restaurants, hospitals, schools, hotels, and more. Morrison Community Living (whom I work for) is a part of Compass, which commits to enriching the lives of seniors by ensuring quality care through nutrition and wellness.
So this week was dedicated to learning more about the company, and how we can play a big role on growing the business as managers. To say the least, it was a great learning experience and I met a lot of new people all over the country.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip without some good eats. When I arrived to the hotel Monday afternoon, they gave us a comp gift card to spend on food, drinks, etc. As a budget queen (I got it from my mama’!), I was able to utilize it very well.
I walked to a local café near by called Sweet Tomatoes, which had a salad bar. I also had these Vegan Rob’s chips that I brought with me from home (picture left). After relaxing a bit, I worked out at the hotel’s gym. Then I decided to check out the mall, and grab some dinner and thankfully they had Chipolte. A Veggie Burrito Bowl with guacamole is my go-to (picture right).
The first day of orientation was the following day. Basically, it was dedicated to introductions, and an overview of the company.
Lunch was provided to us everyday by one of the chefs.
I thought it was very nice that they were able to accommodate to my vegan-diet. Lunch (pictured on the right) was salad, grilled vegetables, Brussel sprouts, and vegan fried rice.
After a long day, I still managed to do a workout at the gym. Then I enjoyed the salad bar at Sweet Tomatoes for a delicious dinner. I ended up getting a combo-deal that night, so I was set for dinner two-nights in a row. I even ventured out into the company’s van to get some ice cream. Uh yeah, never again. Vans are not fun when you are a tiny person.
The second day of orientation was more interactive and fun. The Regional Chef presented a puree-food demo. It was interesting to learn how they actually made the food, and they even demonstrated different ways to present the food so it is more eye-appealing and tastier for the resident. I skipped on sampling the pureed foods because it was fortified with ingredients which were non-vegan (phew! I got off on that one easy)
I am not posting the pictures of the pureed foods, your welcome 🙂 If you’d like me to share them, let me know in the comments below.
After the demo, they broke us up into our assigned disciplines. We met with our coaches, and they answered a lot of questions we had. They shared a lot of information with us, and I gained a lot of knowledge on clinical nutrition and the many services provided by the company.
Wednesday’s lunch was definitely my favorite.
Indian-style lunch. On the left, spinach lentil daal. On the right, salad, broccoli, curried cauliflower and potatoes, and mini green patty pan squash. I have never had this variety of patty pan before, but let me tell you it was delicious!
The remainder of the evening was dedicated to relaxation (except for a short run of course!). Okay, maybe not so relaxing – as of course, I am always the lucky one to have something go wrong. When I was taking a shower, I noticed the ceiling was dripping above me. It wasn’t too bad but I still had maintenance come. Nothing was done except I was given the option to change rooms. I didn’t bother since I only had one more evening, and as long as the ceiling didn’t fall through – I’d be okay! (P.S. I survived).
The next morning, I enjoyed my favorite breakfast at the hotel.
You guessed it, oatmeal! 🙂
The last day was a bit of a drag, but in the end it was all worth it.
I graduated! Besides gaining a ton of knowledge and CPE credits, I also had a new experience in a new place I have never been before.
But there is no place like home.
Dinner at the airport, before my last hurrah was a Mediterranean bowl.
Salad bowl filled with falafel, taboulleh, red onion and cucumber salad from the Garbanzo Grill.
Of course, I needed a cocktail and a sugar-rush for my layover.