Second Annual "The Best..."

Retail

The Best, F'Real shake Takeout concept I’ve seen in the last year
We’ve had outstanding success with the F’real classic milkshakes, fruit smoothies and frozen cappuccinos. We have had good sales since we opened this in our Munchy Mart c-store in September.
—Hal Brown, director of dining services, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo.

The best retail concept I’ve seen
Wegmans Retail Food Service. From the focus on local farms, to being one of Fortune’s top 100 companies to work for in the USA, they always strive for excellence. They have the best varietyof any supermarket. They have an eatery where you can get pizza, made-to-order subs, a pasta bar, carving station and a great salad bar. Their selection of freshly made, take-home dinners for busy families is fantastic. Plus, they are really involved in each community they are in.
—Mark Bordeau, senior director of foodservice, Broome-Tioga BOCES, Binghamton, N.Y.

The best retail menu item we’ve developed
Our most popular deli item is a wrap station with the bread base coming from lavosh.
—Shawn LaPean, executive director, Cal Dining, University of California, Berkeley

More From FoodService Director

Ideas and Innovation
dress code geeks

Team uniforms are a way we encourage fun. I tell the mangers that every person on your team needs to look like a member of your team, but they can decide together what they want to wear. When the students see a cafeteria person that is matching and having fun with their outfits, they relate to those people better. We don’t want them to look stiff and stuffy.

Menu Development
meatloaf slices plate

“This is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had,” a diner at Alcatel-Lucent telecommunications in Naperville, Ill., once told chef Iraj Fernando. The dish was rooted in a tried-and-true source—the “Betty Crocker Cookbook.”

“I just seasoned the breadcrumbs differently, used fresh parsley and beat the eggs to make them frothier,” says Fernando, executive chef and manager for Southern Foodservice Management.

Consumer interest is up for classic and comforting meat dishes like meatballs (16%), beef pot pie (26%) and meatloaf (12%) for dinner now compared to two years ago, shows...

Ideas and Innovation
oxford school district cafeteria

We have spent considerable money making cafeterias cool again. New paint jobs, crazy color patterns, custom graphics and changes in lighting schemes have made some of our cafes popular gathering places. We’ve also experimented with videos, cable TV programs and music. We involved a number of student groups and student input in improving the atmosphere, especially in our high school and middle school cafeterias.

Ideas and Innovation
kale quinoa salad

With all the hype around probiotics, we decided to create a daily dish that incorporates probiotics in addition to prebiotics. You rarely hear about prebiotics, and this was a great way to highlight how the two work synergistically to maintain a healthy gut. Our chefs have developed menu items such as roasted salmon with yogurt and mint vinaigrette; kale and quinoa salad with warm maple dressing; and leek soup with pickled cucumbers, to name a few.

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