Third 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

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Menu Development
frozen raspberries

“As a chef, I pretty much have grown up through the business thinking that fresh was always better—produce, fish and meats, especially,” says Ryan Conklin, executive chef for UNC Rex Healthcare’s culinary and nutrition services. “But the more ‘re-educated’ I get, the more I’m learning that some frozen options may be more appropriate for me to be using on my menus.”

Right now, the perception of frozen foods doesn’t match the reality, especially for high-volume foodservice operators, says Conklin. Often, chefs and operators picture not-great product that’s been sitting in a block of...

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What’s trending in the culinary world? The basics! According to the NRA, diners today are craving authenticity, simplicity and freshness on menus. But basic ingredients don’t have to lead to boring menu options.

It’s easy to fall into the latest craze to capture consumer attention and drive sales. But we’ve learned it’s not always about novelty. Instilling a feeling of nostalgia and familiarity by using well-known and well-loved ingredients in new, experimental dishes can lead to an increase in adventurous dining decisions, while staying in your customers’...

Managing Your Business
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Restaurateurs in Amherst, Mass., aren’t happy with UMass Dining .

Registered dietitian Dianne Sutherland told local NBC affiliate WWLP News in May that the high quality of food served on campus means students aren’t visiting neighborhood eateries as frequently as those businesses might like.

“Even our vendors who we work with, they get complaints from the restaurants that students are staying on campus,” she said. “They are already paying for the food; why should they [go] off campus to eat?” More than 19,000 Amherst students are on a meal plan—6,000 of whom live off campus...

Ideas and Innovation
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Forced to battle crumbling infrastructure and a constant churn of trends, sometimes the best way to save a foodservice operation is to change it entirely. As Steve Mangan, director of dining at the University of Michigan, puts it, “At some point when your building starts to fail, the cost of maintenance stands out.” But for operators with limited budgets, the challenge is discerning the right time to do so—and how far to take it.

At Jefferson High School, change came because little worked anymore. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, school’s cafeteria hadn’t been updated since 1957; students...

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