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Memorial boasts renovated cafeteria

Picture are Chef Manual Marini, Robert Drew, Faye Ross, Gloria Orta, Eula Kelly, Veronica Hickman, Golda Mars and Bobbie Florens. Picture are Chef Manual Marini, Robert Drew, Faye Ross, Gloria Orta, Eula Kelly, Veronica Hickman, Golda Mars and Bobbie Florens.

LUFKIN, TX (PRESS RELEASE) - Memorial Health System of East Texas is shining the spotlight on Café Memorial during national "Pride Food Services Week."  Café Memorial has many exciting plans in the works for 2010 including a newly renovated cafeteria and an updated menu.   

"Café Memorial," which is managed by Sodexo Marriott, will adopt the new Sodexo standard that includes new menu items that have a more flavorful approach," said Manuel Marini, Café Memorial Executive Chef.   

Additionally, Café Memorial celebrates different themes each month.  For the month of February, Black History month is recognized in the Café with a favorite Southern dish every Wednesday until the end of the month.  Some other special dates that will be celebrated during the month of February include the Chinese New Year on February 12 and Fat Tuesday February 16. 

Later in the year, Café Memorial expects to undergo some changes to make the patrons experience more enjoyable.  The look of the Café will change drastically with the area becoming more open and accessible.  Different stations will offer Healthy Choice Dining, Innovations (Made to Order), a Deli, a Chef's feature, and a larger salad bar.

"We are looking to make the Café more user friendly with the changes we are planning," said Chef Marini.  "Although, the size of the space will be the same, we are planning on using simple changes such as the color and layout to give the area a whole new feel."

Café Memorial is located on the first floor of Memorial Medical Center – Lufkin.  The Café serves breakfast 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and dinner 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. seven days a week.  Executive Chef Manuel Marini is a contributing chef on Memorial Cooking Innovations.  For more information on Café Memorial and Memorial Cooking Innovations visit www.memorialhealth.org.

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