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11/16/17:  What a wonderful event this past evening at the Healthy Schools/Chicago Public Schools “Cooking Up Change” finals held

   at the Bridgeport Arts Center.  Nine CPS culinary school programs competed for a chance to advance to the Nationals in DC next June. 

   Culinary teams must create a main dish and a side dish, using only those ingredients available in the school cafeterias.  We have been

   proud sponsors of the event for 5+ years now, and each year it gets more exciting and creative, watching the energy and pride these

   teams put forth in their offerings.  As far as I am concerned, they are all champions and we wish them well in their future culinary

   endeavors!  Special thanks go out CPS leadership, Leslie Fowler and David Blackmon, along with HSC’s Rochelle Davis and their

   respective teams.  This event always seems to outdo itself from the prior year.  Congratulations to Prosser Career Academy, taking

   home first place and a ticket to DC, with their delicious Arroz con Pollo, and Zanahorias Rostizadas Relish and Pear Crisp!  Runners

   up were CVCA and Marshall Metropolitan HS.  Forgive me on the pic quality, but I’m sure you get the gist…Happy Thanksgiving everyone!




4/6/17:  We hosted a tour and Q & A session for a group of environmental studies students and faculty from Marist High School (my

   alma mater!). It was such an enjoyable experience for me as an alum, seeing the vibrancy of the students, and how the school

   continues to grow in academics and spirit.  A big thank you to my fellow alum, Marty Wirtz, for putting this field trip together!



12/23/16:  Many thanks to the Richards Career Academy High School Culinary Team,instructors Mark Soltis and Katy Walsh, for this

   wonderful Gingerbread House! The Richards team was recently crowned Champions of the Healthy Schools Campaign’s 10th Annual

   “Cooking Up Change” competition, topping 15 other great culinary teams throughout the CPS system. Cristina Foods also thanks

   CPS Nutrition Support Services Director, Leslie Fowler, and CPS Culinary Program Director, David Blackmon, for their tireless efforts

   in making this program an ongoing success. 


   Happy Holidays!



11/9/16:  Cristina Foods hosted a lunch and tour of its facility for a group of students from the Chicago High School for Ag Sciences,

   John Marshall Metro High School, and the Chicago Vocational Career Academy.  Many thanks go out to Diane Merrion, Agriculture

   Literacy Coordinator for the Cook County Farm Bureau, and the CPS administrators, for putting together this fun and educational




10/20/16: Cristina Foods again teamed up with the Molina Foundation to assist in distributing over 115,000 free books to

   school-aged children throughout Chicago.  Many thanks to Molina folks, Dawn Bayer, Jen Wrenn, and Rachael Orose, for

   assembling such a great group of volunteers to get this all done in just one day!









8/12/16: Cristina Foods participated in the NW Indiana Business Conference held at the Majestic Star Casino.

    I was honored to be a panelist for one of the business workshops, as well as our sponsoring the day’s breakfast and luncheon.

    Special thanks to: Dayna Bennett, Gary Chief of Staff, Terrie F. Daniel, Deputy Commissioner, IDOA Div. of Supplier Diversity,

    Hon. Connie Lawson, Indiana Secretary of State, Hon. Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, City of Gary, Tony Kirkland, Office of the

    Governor of Indiana, and Larry Black, Dir. of Procurement, Majestic Star Casino. 


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6/4/16:  Cristina Foods is once again a proud sponsor of A Safe Haven’s 6th Annual, 5K Walk/Run to End Homelessness event.

5kFlyer  To Learn More…


2/12/16:  Cristina Foods participates in a USDA AMS promotional video regarding locally produced foods. 

    The five-minute video talks about the importance of supporting locally produced foods and the positive impact

    they can have on the community.    Happy viewing!..


10/30/15:  Cristina Foods donated warehouse space, trucks, and drivers, working again with the Molina Foundation and

     the CPS Literacy Program, distributing (another!) 31,000 books to 40 high schools in the system.  We teamed up initially

     back in early June of this year, donating the same resources for elementary and middle school kids, across 38 Chicago public

     schools…We were very humbled by the experience, and will continue to support wherever we can.







8/14/15:  Many thanks to the University of Chicago Medical Dining Services for hosting last Thursday’s Farmers’ Market. 

     We really enjoyed participating, and the staff were most helpful! 


Farmer's Market


6/22/15: Cristina Foods Participates in an Innovative Partnership, Distributing Over 30,000 New Books to CPS Students

     Read more here: Chicago Public Schools are Summer READy!  &  Book Donation Promotes Summer Reading


6/2/15:  Company founder and president, Cesar Dovalina, Jr., receives the National Latino Education Institute’s Founder’s Award, at

     their annual gala. Sincere thanks to NLEI executive director, Elba Aranda-Suh, board chairman, Francisco Menchaca, and NLEI

     founder, Mary Gonzalez-Koenig. This was a wonderful evening put forth by a great organization! Learn more about NLEI




5/11/15: Cristina Foods is proudly sponsoring A Safe Haven’s Run to End Homelessness. 

     For the fourth consecutive year, Cristina Foods will be sponsoring this great event to support A Safe Haven, and their efforts 

     to end homelessness. Click on the flyer below to register and learn more!





10/7/14: Cristina Foods sponsored a field trip for about 100 Chicago Public Schools’ Culinary and Agricultural students, as well as faculty,

     to one of their apple growing partner’s orchard in Michigan.  The groups were from Chicago Vocational Career Academy and

     Marshall Metro HS. We want to give special thanks to those who participated (CPS-Culinary & Ag Programs, Aramark, Healthy Schools

     Campaign, Farmlogix), and the folks who helped coordinate the trip (CPS, Aramark, Riveridge Produce), and of course our gracious host

     and owner of the orchard, Trever Meachum…The trip was very insightful and  fulfilling!!!  See more by clicking this news article.


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9/25/14: Cristina Foods is presented the 2014 Green Leadership Award by Voces Verdes.



left to right, Omar Duque, Pres/CEO, IL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fernando Cazares, NRDC/Voces Verdes, Cesar Dovalina, Jr., Pres/Founder, Cristina Foods, Inc.


8/13/14Cristina Foods featured in Healthy Schools Campaign blog.





10/17/13: Cristina Foods and the IHCC are featured on Blackhawks TV!…Appearing just after the 1:00 minute mark of the video clip.


10/14/13: Cristina Foods was asked by the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to host an event, displaying the Stanley Cup for its

    members and family. Follow the link below to see photos of the many happy IHCC Blackhawks fans and their families!…

    Cristina Foods would like to give special thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks, their staff, also to Omar Duque, President & CEO

    of the the IHCC, the wonderful IHCC staff members, the Gemini Group, and of course, the curators of the oldest, most prestigious

    award in all of sports, a big, “Thank You”, to the National Hockey League Hall of Fame!.. IHCC Hosts Stanley Cup Pics 




8/30/13: U.S. Senator Richard Durbin paid a visit to our facility with some members of his staff.  We wish to thank the senator for being

    generous with his time, as he took a full tour of the facility.  Many of the building’s sustainable features were discussed, along with

    upcoming sustainable initiatives for Illinois and the rest of the country.



4/25/13: Cristina Foods is presented with the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Service Award at its annual

    awards gala. 


 “Cristina Foods, Inc. is an accomplished and innovative company with the only LEED Certified-Platinum facility of its kind in the entire United States, demonstrating its dedication to sustainability and integrity. Cesar Dovalina, Cristina Foods’ founder and President, is a model business owner with a longstanding commitment to our organization and the Hispanic business community at-large. Cesar and Cristina Foods set a very high bar for other businesses in terms of quality, service, community engagement and commitment to helping other small and Hispanic-owned businesses.” – IHCC


4/8/13: Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, tours Cristina Foods’ LEED platinum facility. 

    Here are links to the full story and video:  (en español)


Sustainability Commitments
     Source: The University of Chicago


Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality Expands Farm-to-School Program
     Source: Bloomberg

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