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
chicken and waffles

Our elementary menu is currently riding the breakfast-anytime advertising trend by offering Breakfast for Lunch every Tuesday. It ranks as our highest participation, and it was a great way for us to introduce chicken and waffles inspired by an IHOP dish.

Ideas and Innovation
rolling silverware

Ensuring that employees regularly complete the busywork missing from their daily checklist can be a challenge, but these tasks often help an operation run efficiently with fewer unexpected costs. At Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., Regional Executive Chef Dustin Cochran has found a solution to ensure his walk-in coolers always have a clean vent. Cochran starts with a thorough cleaning of the vent, then slips a hairnet over it to catch the dust. Instead of getting employees to deep clean the vents, they need only replace the hairnet.

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...

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