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New Food Service Program Announced

Holy Family Catholic High School brings food service program in-house beginning 2022-23 school year.

We are excited to announce the launch of a new approach to food service at Holy Family. Since its inception, our school has contracted with a third-party vendor to manage our

Picture of Chef Nate Ottum
Chef Nate Ottum is an experienced executive chef with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry. He is highly skilled in catering, cooking, food preparation, inventory management, restaurant and catering operations, and menu development.  Chef Ottum holds a degree in culinary arts and chef training from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Minneapolis. 
Chef Ottum looks forward to serving students, understanding their preferences, and creating opportunities for them to try something new. He says, “One of the greatest benefits of an in-house lunch program is that we can control costs without sacrificing quality and variety and, most importantly, respond to student input and feedback.”

student lunch program. As we look forward to the 2022-2023 school year, Holy Family will be bringing this dimension of school operations “in-house” affording the school control over staffing, menu options, and pricing as well as the expansion of services available to our students and staff. Holy Family’s in-house food program will offer full-service morning, lunch, and after-school offerings focused on nutrition, quality, choice, accessibility, and affordability. Students and staff diners can expect restaurant-quality food with a wider variety of hot and cold options and plenty of opportunities for input into future offerings.

Consistent feedback shared with President Brennan during weekly senior focus groups held throughout the year, ironically over lunch, frequently shared the need for improvements to our food service program, a critical dimension of the Holy Family student experience. President Brennan says, “Senior focus groups reveal real opportunities for Holy Family to elevate the student experience from curricula to facilities, to programs, to the countless other aspects that impact student life. While our students understand the benefits of a closed campus over lunch hours, they also desire a more dynamic food program that keeps their four-year dining experience interesting and satiated. We have listened to our students and families; we have digested their feedback—pun intended—and our new approach brings an exciting solution.”

Planning for the Coming Year

In May, Holy Family administrators took their first step in launching the program with the hiring of executive chef, Mr. Nate Ottum, to lead the food service program. Chef Ottum brings more than 20-years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry from local favorites such as the Medina Ballroom, Maynard’s, Cuzzy’s Brickhouse, Redstone, Jake’s Grill, and Malone’s.

Principal Dols describes the new program and the hiring of Chef Ottum as aligning with our commitment to taking care of students. He says, “Chef Nate understands that many students remain on campus for a significant portion of their days, arriving before 8:00 a.m. and attending after-school activities and athletics. A full-service program should meet their needs with convenience, variety, and quality from start to finish. In addition to supporting our students nutritionally, our long-term vision is to enhance our students’ overall experience of food service with an emphasis on community and collegiate inspired social spaces.”

More information on where to find daily menus, provide suggestions, and see what’s happening in the kitchen will be included in our back-to-school newsletter in July. Any funds remaining in your family’s lunch account at the end of the school year will transfer automatically to the 2022-2023 school year.