MenuDirections Conference

Satisfying a more educated customer

MenuDirections provides non-commercial foodservice operators two and a half days of educational workshops, culinary demos and keynote presentations led by industry experts, plus tastings and the renowned Dine-Around.

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FoodService Director’s Chefs’ Council shared valuable insights at MenuDirections 2016. Here are six ideas to steal from the five panelists.
From unconventional spins on vegetables to new ways to deliver customization, these are the ideas we will long remember from this year's culinary conference...
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The workshops and general sessions at MenuDirections, FoodService Director's annual conference, provided innovative ideas to add healthful concepts to the menu and noncommercial dining spaces. ...
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Here are the new culinary terms overheard at MenuDirections from directors shaping the future of menus.
Noncommercial foodservice honored its best this week at MenuDirections, Foodservice Director’s annual conference on culinary trends. Here's a recap...
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FoodService Director's conference reaffirmed that FSDs have tiny budgets, big brains and huge hearts...
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The Indiana foodservice director was honored at MenuDirections for her food security efforts.
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FoodService Director’s annual immersion in culinary trends, the MenuDirections conference, opened Sunday with a look at delivering health, sustainability and excitement. Here are some of the...
If you’ve been to MenuDirections, you’ll notice a number of changes at the event, taking place Feb. 28–March 1 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
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From barbecue and beans to mushrooms and tapas, there was a lot of food—and food for thought—passed around at the 13th annual MenuDirections conference.

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University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., has replaced a fajita bar in one of its dining halls with a superfoods bar, Tommie Media reports.

Aiming to provide more options for athletes and students with dietary restrictions, the new bar offers diners a choice of protein with a variety of toppings, such as beans, fruit, couscous and quinoa.

The superfoods bar has made a few appearances on campus since it was first tried for the school’s football players last summer.

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Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pa., is using robots to help deliver patient meals, BCTV reports.

The eight robots, named TUGs, will be used to transport meals from the hospital’s nutrition services department to patient floors at Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical & Patient Care.

Moving at three miles per hour, the robots will follow preprogrammed routes to the HealthPlex, where room ambassadors will remove room service carts from the TUGs and deliver them to patients. The TUGs will then return to nutrition services with dirty dishes for cleaning.

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Sodexo has partnered with fast casual Blaze Pizza to offer the chain’s signature pizzas, salads, beverages and desserts at select venues served by Sodexo, including colleges and universities.

Bill Lacey, senior vice president of marketing at Sodexo, said that Blaze’s growth in the fast-casual sector drove the partnership. Blaze opened its first unit in 2012 near the University of California at Irvine. Its pizzas are flash fired, cooking in under 180 seconds, according to the chain—a selling point for busy customers.

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