Associates. Colleagues. Clients.
It takes a team! The following cutting-edge clients and expert associates help to ensure the best possible outcomes for Chef Alison's Healthy Food Zone projects. These people and organizations bring a wide array of experience, expertise and excellence to projects that improve the taste, presentation and healthfulness of foods prepared in healthcare institutions, while increasing sustainability and local purchasing. Click images for more information.
Job Corps Center at Treasure Island
Alison volunteers her time to teach in the Culinary Career Track for the kids at Treasure Island Job Corps
See their YouTube videos on this site.
The Reutlinger Community
The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, CA is interested in completely re-vamping and modernizing the menus and recipes for their clients, making them healthier and more seasonal. Chef Alison has incorporated her own style into the menus, by contributing new recipes and staff training. She is helping The Reutlinger benefit the community by connecting them with local food sources and local healthy & sustainable food advocates.
Marydale DeBor, JD
Founder/Managing Director, Fresh Advantage™
Marydale founded Fresh Advantage LLC after 25 years experience in health care administration and philanthropy, where she recognized the urgent need to revolutionize traditional institutional food service. Her goal is to place nutritious, wholesome, and tasty food at the center of medical care and disease prevention, as well as workplace wellness and health promotion.
Cindy Gershen, Chef and Author
As well as authoring the books, Fat Chance and Fat Chance Cookbook, Cindy owns and operates Sunrise Bistro and Catering in Walnut Creek. She also teaches healthy cooking classes at Mt. Diablo High in Concord.
Teens Cook with Heart
Another fun and successful event with Wellness City Challenge, of which Alison is a board member.
Health Care Without Harm
Health Care Without Harm is the national sponsor of the Healthy Food in Healthcare initiative.
SF Bay PSR
Lucia Sayre and her associates at PSR work locally on the Healthy Food in Healthcare initiative, and the Healthcare Leadership Team in coordinating more local, healthy, sustainable purchasing practices for hospitals. www.sfbaypsr.org
Lindsay Keach Bronstein, MS, RDN, HC
Integrative Lifestyle Nutritionist & Health Coach, Founder: Feed Health
Lindsay is an invaluable associate for Alison's work, providing her design expertise for menus, recipes and presentations, along with her holistic nutritional background and education. Check her out on LinkedIn!
Linda Hansen, Paperless VA
Linda provides bookkeeping and administrative support, as well as assisting in foodservice projects and sustainable foodservice assessments.
As former Foodservice Director and Sustainable Food Advocate for St. Joseph Health System- Sonoma County, Linda brings her administrative and financial analysis skills, along with her experience in making sustainable changes in institutional foodservice operations and local purchasing.
Ruck-Shockey Associates, Inc.
We are ready to work with your organization to lay out a customized blueprint for your foodservice department so that you can focus on serving your customers.
"Building a Healthy Community"
Alison is a board member for the Contra Costa County-based Wellness City Challenge. Since 2007, Wellness City Challenge has been aligning local resources, laying solid ground work and gaining recognition in support of its efforts to improve health with nutrition education.
"Our mission is to mobilize community resources, to empower citizens, to improve health through nutrition, education and physical activity." Click to learn how you can participate!
Sunrise Bistro & Catering
“Sunrise brings food fresh from the farm, into its kitchen and onto your plate.”
Walnut Creek, CA
Hazon Jewish Food Festival
"Jewish inspiration. Sustainable communities."
Alison volunteers for events and helps to further the mission of this organization along with "Bay Area foodies, rabbis, nutritionists, chefs, farmers, vegans, and omnivores in celebration of the values of the Jewish Food Movement: local, accessible, healthful food, crafted by people who are treated fairly, and grown or produced in a way that promotes a healthy, sustainable, and diverse environment. " ...click for further info...
Healthier Hospitals Initiative
Leading Communities to a Healthier Future
Francis in the Schools
For the past several years, Alison has had the opportunity to volunteer her chef training and talent in the organization of a free and fun-filled one-day educational outing for underprivileged school children is San Francisco and Oakland.
Click on picture for information about this event!
Stanford Health Care
As part of their medical center renovation and construction, Stanford is looking at "Best Practices" in the healthcare foodservice sustainability arena. Jack Henderson and Alison Negrin, as two examples of best practices in the SF Bay Area, have been invited to participate in helping Stanford achieve their goal of being a national model for healthy, sustainable foodservice and food system education.
Gibson & Associates
Founded in 1986, Gibson and Associates (G&A) is an Oakland-based consulting firm that provides research, evaluation, fund development and planning services to schools, non-profit organizations, and public agencies. Click to go to their website!
John Muir Health
"At John Muir Health, we don’t just see you as a patient, we see you as a partner."
For almost 12 years Alison was the Executive Chef at John Muir Health, working with the foodservice team to transform the recipes and menus into a healthier, more sustainable, and higher quality service.
Mission Hospital is one of the St. Joseph Health System hospitals located in Mission Viejo, CA. Interested in helping their community in whatever way they can, they invited Chef Alison to help them assess their Food Services and Community Benefit programs in regard to healthy food and sustainability. An action plan has been developed which benefits patients, hospital staff and the local community.
St. Francis Memorial Hospital
Starting off 2015 with a new project at St. Francis Hospital, one of the Dignity Health sites in San Francisco.
"Helping to create local grain economies."
Because of her interest in connecting healthy, local food sources to restaurants and institutions, Alison has become a broker for this wonderful emerging company, created by the founders of Oliveto Restaurant in Oakland, CA. Click here to go to Alison's Community Grains page!