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Josh Hockett prepares to enjoy dining experience at the Point Loma Souplantation recently. Josh shares his dining experience in Yelp posts and in a recent YouTube video.

Josh Hockett knows what fresh and nutritious food looks and tastes like! As a civilian director of fitness and performance nutrition for a U.S. Navy ship based in San Diego, Josh has become a true fan and ambassador of the Garden Fresh “Discover Fresh” promise of fresh and wholesome food.

Thus far this year, he has dined at the Point Loma Souplantation more than 75 times and expects that number to be well over 100 by year end.  Among other things, he has created a video about his experiences and recommendations.  To view that video, click here. The conversation specifically about Souplantation begins about six minutes into the show.

Recently, Josh met with Garden Fresh CEO John Morberg at the Point Loma restaurant to learn more about the restaurant and John’s penchant for fresh, wholesome food delivered every day.  The following are some of his reactions following that get together.

 

Describing what “Discover Fresh” looks like is Garden Fresh CEO John Morberg as he visits with fitness and nutritious specialist Josh Hockett at Point Loma Souplantation.

What is your current official role with the U.S. Naval ship and how does your work connect to your eating at Garden Fresh restaurants? 

Josh: I am the ship’s director of fitness and performance nutrition. I cannot say for certain my professional role/duty there has direct application or influence on where I do or do not eat out honestly, but it does go to show that I lead by example and choose smart places to dine out as part of my healthy and nutritious lifestyle to support my health and my own goals. [click to continue…]

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Choose an irresistible scratch-made protein Houston! Earlier in May, Katy Freeway Sweet Tomatoes was the first location to introduce the variety of proteins for guests to enjoy as an add-on item to their meal.  Now, you can go to any Houston Sweet Tomatoes (Woodlands, Houston NW, and Stafford) to get the same great protein with your wholesome meal. The add-on item price vary per serving.

Houston's Sweet Tomatoes serves a variety of protein.

The proteins available are Texas Marinated Steak, Citrus Garlic Shrimp, Basil Pesto Chicken, Chicken Breast, BBQ Chicken, and Thai Ginger Chicken.

“We’re very excited to offer proteins in all four of our refreshed Houston locations. They make great additions and toppers to our salads. Guests have mentioned they like the flavor, variety, and feel full with one serving of protein added to the meal. We look forward to bringing more protein to more restaurants in the future,” says Garden Fresh CEO John Morberg.

Have you tried it? Show us know which protein you picked as your add-on.

Follow the official Instagram @souplantation and use #souplantation to share.

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Want to be the first in the know via e-mail on the special limited time offers on the menu? Plan out your calendar and add us to your schedule so you can be in sync with Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes limited time offerings!

One of the perks of being a Club Veg member is receiving exclusive e-mails from time to time about limited time offers based on your location. For example, the Curry Lobster Bisque and the Grilled Steakhouse Salad are the limited time offers at select times and locations throughout this month.

Be sure to watch those Club Veg e-mails closely.

If you haven’t yet, sign up here and you’ll be the first to know about what’s coming to your local Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes.

Location and times vary for Limited Time Offers (LTO's) found in Club Veg e-mails.

 

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Greg Keller, President Emeritus and Operations Vice President, had the opportunity to spend four days at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis a few months ago and wanted to share that experience in hopes for people to understand his passion for supporting St. Jude.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Executive Director of Information Technology, Alan Harrison, right, gives Garden Fresh President Emeritus and Operations Vice President Greg Keller a tour when Greg recently visited the hospital in Memphis.

“Those of you who really know me understand that I am a very passionate man. I am passionate about my family, my friendships, my company, and my involvement with helping others. Like most of you, the most meaningful things in my life have also made me a better person.

Most of you know that no family pays for the care for their child or the care for the family while they are in Memphis. The story of how Danny Thomas started St. Jude is truly inspirational, and, if you have not had the opportunity, is a story that all of you should read. To learn more about Danny’s story, click here.

The St. Jude focus is on children with cancer, period! Some of these children have cancers that have not even been given a name; they are that rare. When you enter the complex you see children, of all ages, and their families everywhere. You can imagine that keeping your emotions in check is not easy. All of the children and families are like brave soldiers on a mission to defeat incomparable odds.

The “ABCs of Cancer” wall showcases children’s stories from A to Z about their cancer journey. Greg says this is “…perhaps the most inspiring…” part of the facility.

There is a lot of visual inspiration, perhaps the most inspiring is an area of the hospital where the children have written of their journey. Their writings are posted on the walls and as I read them, I wondered how I would have handled all this as a parent. The children’s writings are so well done; mature, brave and very defiant! They are determined to beat whatever cancer that they have. The children come from all over the United States and the world. St. Jude is the epicenter for the fight against childhood cancer. [click to continue…]

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Grab a Slice of Chicago Pepperoni and Sausage Focaccia

by GFBlog September 6, 2016 Farmers & Fresh Produce

Grab a slice of Chicago Pepperoni and Sausage Focaccia in select Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants through September 30! The fine meats come from Fontanini, a family owned and operated meat manufacturing company for over 50 years in the Chicagoland area with Italian roots. In 1960, Oriano Fontanini had an American dream. Oriano and his [...]

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September’s Menu “Hass” Avocado

by GFBlog September 1, 2016 Farmers & Fresh Produce

The Avocado BLT Tossed Salad (w/ bacon) tossed salad will be available September 1-28th! Bacon, Iceberg and Romaine lettuce, and Roma tomatoes make a great classic BLT. We are turning it up a notch with the addition of red onions and the rich buttery flavor of avocado and a creamy house-made avocado ranch dressing. The [...]

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Taste the Heat with Hatch Green Chile

by GFBlog August 30, 2016 Farmers & Fresh Produce

At Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., our fresh sourcing, menu innovation, and culinary teams come up with exciting and flavorful dishes each month for guests to fall in love with. Attending events like the National Restaurant Association’s “NRA Show” help inspire, discover, connect, and gain the tools to innovate. After a meeting at the “NRA Show” [...]

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September Menu – You’ll Fall for It

by GFBlog August 30, 2016 Health & Nutrition

Even though fall officially starts on September 22, you’ll be falling early with this month’s recipes! Avocado BLT Tossed Salad w/ Bacon will be a favorite with the buttery and creamy taste of avocados from Calavo, bacon, Iceberg, Romaine, and Roma tomatoes. Can’t get enough feta from the August menu? We are having it again [...]

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Thank You for Voting Souplantation as San Diego’s Best Buffet in the Union-Tribune Readers Poll!

by GFBlog August 25, 2016 Company News

San Diego Union-Tribune readers began nominating for their “best” picks in 176 categories in April for the annual San Diego’s Best Union-Tribune Readers Poll. Categories ranged from auto, entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and finance. Votes were casted in June and it was revealed on August 21st that Souplantation won Best Buffet! This is the fourth year [...]

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New Mexico Farmer Nights – Meet Local Farmer 8/24 & 8/25

by GFBlog August 23, 2016 Farmers & Fresh Produce

As part of its commitment to sourcing farm fresh food, Sweet Tomatoes in Albuquerque will host two informative farmer events beginning tomorrow evening. Fourth generation cheese maker Chuck Krause and third generation dairy farmer Art Schaap will be on hand to greet guests and share secrets about farming in the region and the techniques they [...]

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Let's just say within 24 hours of being in the ground, it's on a refrigerated truck on its way to us. Our food is made from scratch every day. Our salad bar buffet features over 50 fresh ingredients, including specialty tossed and prepared salads. In addition to salads, we server original recipe hot pastas, hand-crafted soups, scratch-made muffins, and Focaccia breads in our hot buffet. Create. Indulge. Enjoy.


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