Chef Mark Donavan used to work for California Wine Country restaurants where is was easy to source produce from local growers. But he and St. Luke's co-chef LeeAnn Tomczyk faced a completely different animal in Minnesota. In addition to the climactic difference, they had to contend with a large hospital buying group that dictated food distribution. Eventually they were able to secure waivers to purchase hormone-free milk and local produce.As the first in its region to seek healthy options outside the distribution chain, St. Luke's joins hospitals and schools on the East and West Coasts. With more consumer demand, we should see wide-ranging changes in instutional food sourcing.
Via Minnesota Public Radio::