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June 4, 2015
We took a station that was being used at lunch and dinner as a pasta bar or action station and repurposed it as a made-to-order omelet station during the morning.
May 11, 2015
Reduced carbs, reduced price
To accommodate our customers who are on a low-carb diet, we now offer sandwiches and burgers without the bun or bread at a reduced price.
Dec. 3, 2014
Talk about food
We just launched a Café Series, which is a demo and discussion forum about culinary topics.
Nov. 25, 2014
Summer culinary camp
Twenty children between the ages of 10 and 18 received two days of instruction and hands-on experience in the kitchen, then put their knowledge to the test cooking for family and friends.
Nov. 10, 2014
We held a blind, March Madness-style event dubbed Serial Cereal Series to figure out if we were serving the right cereals.
Nov. 7, 2014
We hired interns to support the promotion of meal plans and dining services throughout the year.
Oct. 27, 2014
Try it, you’ll like it
To help persuade residents to try a new menu item, we will sometimes add it as a third entrée option, like our Pork Pagoda (pictured).
Aug. 21, 2014
Credit for guest trays
We have increased revenue from guest trays to nearly $11,000 a month since we set up a system to allow patients and their visitors to buy trays using a credit card.
July 7, 2014
Find new revenue sources
In the elementary schools our participation has dropped the last few semesters due to the changing USDA regulations. In order to draw up more interest, as well as business, we not only sell second...
June 23, 2014
For a healthy and affordable meal option, we began offering a paleo menu in March. Each meal is served with a protein, two vegetable servings and a bottle of water or iced tea for $7.
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