Sandra and Clive Bank, owners of Added Touch and A Kosher Touch catering, have made hospitality headlines for being the exclusive kosher caterer at the new Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center in City Springs.
In yet another meaningful venture, Jewish day schools approached the catering company to fill the void of feeding children healthy, delicious and mindful meals with a newly created branch called A Healthy Touch.
Clive Bank is vice president and charmingly refers to himself as second in command, co-owner or Sandra’s husband. “We go beyond typical school fare like hot dogs. We use proper china and get the students involved in meal planning and hopefully soon, growing food.”
A Healthy Touch provides Atlanta Kosher Commission-approved meals for The Weber School, the Marcus JCC preschool, and Atlanta Jewish Academy. About 450 meals a week are prepared in the schools’ kitchens. All except the MJCCA have their own on-site mashgiach, who is authorized to provide strict kashrut compliance.
During the five-day school week, A Healthy Touch alternates between dairy and meat meals with some weeks being heavier on one than the other, Bank said.
The older students also have a fresh salad bar with fruit options. Bank is working with student representatives to have input into their meals.
“Pizza, tacos, lasagna are always favorites, and ours are really good quality. Our tuna salad is also a very popular choice. I love visiting the toddlers and seeing beans and rice, or spaghetti strewn all over amid their eating enjoyment.”
Bank is very forward-thinking with his goal of involving children in food preparation like making latkes and paninis, and learning safe knife skills. By using melamine plates in most venues, thousands of items are saved from the landfill. A Healthy Touch is also mindful of children’s’ allergies: gluten free and peanut free are especially noteworthy.
When asked about the bottom line – profitability – Bank said, “Consider it our tzedakah donation, putting in a good deed for the children of our community.”