More than 12 years ago, I began my career with Darden working at the Olive Garden as a server in West Melbourne, Florida. Today, I am an analyst in the Health & Wellness group, responsible for performing calculated nutrition analysis and producing allergen information for dishes we serve to our guests each and every day. In addition, I serve as Co-Chair of the Development Committee in the Pride Alliance Employee Resource Group, a group of LGBT employees and allies who help make Darden a great and inclusive place to work.
"Heart of the House" is a Darden Digest series where we give you a glimpse into the heart of Darden Restaurants: our employees and all their unique roles that make up our company. "Heart of the House" is a phrase used in restaurants to describe team members working behind the scenes, and we're adapting it to highlight our unique and talented employees. Today, we're excited to feature Brianna Falvey, who is a bartender at LongHorn Steakhouse and fourth grade teacher making an impact on her students’ lives.
For two years, in addition to my day job as a Regional Vice President at Olive Garden, I’ve been reading, studying, learning and networking as part of the Women’s Foodservice Forum’s Executive Leadership Program. This unique program through Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management is exclusively for the foodservice industry and provides leaders with a global management curriculum. I’m proud to be part of only the second graduating class from this program.
During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, we have the chance to reflect on the contributions of the community to our nation as a whole. The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has become America’s fastest growing community of color and is expected to reach 41 million people by the year 2050. This rapidly growing and extremely diverse population is playing an increasingly important role as our country looks to meet the needs of our future economy.
Sustainability is a fancy term for a simple concept - thinking about tomorrow as much as today. Here at Darden, we refer to our environmental efforts as People, Planet and Plate, built off the “People, Planet, Profit” phrase coined by John Elkington in 1994. Coca-Cola focuses their efforts on Women, Water and Well-Being. Many companies are using consumer-friendly language to make a complicated subject simpler and more memorable, illustrating how sustainability is no longer a concept for scientists or green-minded consumers. What has been the result?
Grant program will enable low-income families to receive fresh, local produce harvested from local community gardens
May 9, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation are partnering on the Grow Your Park grant program to fund community garden projects in 15 communities. The community gardens will specifically benefit low-income community members providing fresh, local produce that they can grow on their own at low- to no-cost.
For anyone who has spent time in the southwest, it’s no surprise that conservation of resources, especially water, is of the utmost importance to the people of that region. A heightened awareness of sustainable living is commonplace for the residents of these desert communities, and Las Cruces Olive Garden Sustainability Team member, Russ Hernandez is no exception. With a background in agricultural economics, he is no stranger to the need for balancing resource use with the production of food and serving of a great meal.
As we’ve shared in the past, Darden is passionate about preserving the oceans and the seafood we source from them, not only for the growth of our business, but also due to seafood’s role as a healthy, affordable source of protein for millions around the world.
Since its inception more than 40 years ago, Earth Day has become a day for communities to come together and celebrate the environment around them. Entire neighborhoods, schools and businesses head outside to participate in local cleanups, tree plantings, and educational events. It’s a great time to get enthused about living sustainably, but how do you keep that passion going all year long? After all, living a sustainable life should be fun and make you feel good about your choices – it shouldn’t be work. The key is finding a way to make an impact that fits into your lifestyle.
What is it like to be out in the workplace? When in the recruitment process should I inquire about domestic partnership benefits? Should I include my involvement with Pride groups on my resume? These were some of the questions discussed during a recent panel hosted by the University of Central Florida (UCF) Career Services and LGBTQ Services. Darden, along with other Central Florida companies, participated in the panel discussion for UCF students in the LGBTQ community. Questions centered on what they should expect after graduation and upon entering the workforce.