Three Ways Metz Honors Cultural Diversity Through Food

by | Nov 28, 2023 | News

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At Metz, we are committed to culinary inclusivity and meeting the unique tastes and diverse dining needs of our guests. By preparing and sharing food that celebrates various cultures and flavors from around the world, we aim to satisfy our guests’ appetites while introducing global recipes to our school lunches, corporate cafeteria guests in healthcare and corporate dining, and higher education dining halls.

Throughout the year, we showcase foods that resonate with specific cultural events in multiple ways, including Native American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and year-round with our Global Kitchen concept.

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month, sometimes called National American Indian Heritage Month, has been observed every November in the United States since 1990. The commemorative month celebrates the nation’s indigenous peoples’ rich and diverse cultural food traditions and histories. It also provides a platform for Native people to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, ways of life, and food.

Metz celebrates the month with traditional recipes featuring dishes with heritage grains and produce, such as:

  • Corn, beans and squash (when grown together, these are known as the ‘three sisters’)
  • Native legumes such as peanuts and walnuts
  • Cranberries
  • Peppers 
  • Salmon, turkey, and bison (proteins native to America) 

In addition, our culinary director created a training video demonstrating how to make Navajo-style fry bread, a signature food for many contemporary Native Americans. With ground beef and pork sausage, topped with chopped tomato and onion, shredded lettuce, cheese, and taco sauce, the fry bread becomes scrumptious Native American tacos.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15) has been a national observance since 1988. It recognizes and honors the extensive contributions, histories, and diverse cultures of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Across the country, Hispanic Heritage Month features festivals, conferences, community gatherings, and delicious food. 

At Metz, we honor the month and beyond with delectable, well-balanced meal options prepared with fresh ingredients that celebrate Latin cuisine. 

Irresistible recipes for Hispanic Heritage Month include:

  • Caribbean:
    • Moros y Cristianos (Caribbean black beans)
    • Jamaican jerk pork
    • Cuban roasted chicken
  • South America:
    • Arepas topped with pork carnitas, queso fresco, cilantro and lime on the grill 
    • Vegan arepas
    • Picadillo 
  • Mexico:
    • Birria tacos
    • Made-to-order fajitas 
    • Mexican street corn
    • Spicy huevos rancheros (breakfast) 
    • Beef and rice enchiladas with refried beans and corn tomatillo 
    • Chimichurri & goat cheese salmon / curried chicken thighs
    • Oven-baked chimichurri pork chops served with Moro rice and tostones

Global Kitchen

Introduced in mid-2023, our Global Kitchen concept spotlights international tastes, ingredients, and cooking techniques for year-round enjoyment. The chef-driven concept is in response to the rising popularity of global cuisine, which is fueled by:

  • Travel and social media food bloggers introducing readers to a range of international dishes
  • Changing dietary preferences that entice health-conscious individuals to seek out international cuisines and food preparation methods
  • Globalization and increased diversity in the U.S. population

Global Kitchen recipes represent the diverse backgrounds of our culinary team, who crafted dishes with international flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques. Our chefs study culinary regions around the world to identify unique regional cultural dishes, especially those that are plant-forward and rely on locally sourced ingredients. This allows our team to create authentic and exciting recipes that guests find delicious and healthy. 

These include: 

  • India: 
    • Butter chicken
    • Toasted tikka masala
    • Onion bhajis
    • Chutneys
  • Middle East:
    • Shawarma

Global Kitchen dishes are peppered across our partner dining sites throughout the year, including special event catering for our dining partners.

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and international cuisine through Global Kitchen are just some ongoing efforts to honor unique culinary traditions, food culture and the rich history accompanying it.