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Steal This Idea
chefs
Shaler Area School District started inviting chefs and FSDs from other districts to come prepare lunch. Through featuring different chefs and chef-inspired meals, the students have been looking...
tapas
Vanderbilt created a high school “focus group” to see what future college students will want in terms of foodservice. They called up two now-seniors from the last group to get 10 of their friends...
making meals
This summer, Fairfax teamed up with a church to deliver meals to three housing projects. They brought the meals to the church, and then the church recruited volunteers to deliver the meals to the...
mentor training
These mentors are the first ones we go to for input on their positions. They are the primary trainers for their positions, and are empowered to approach managers with ideas that will benefit dining...
farm produce
The processing is after-hours, so it works well with the students’ schedules. The students have their ServSafe certification and are skilled with working with all the equipment, so it’s a win-win.
welcome hand
The goal is to present people with as accurate a picture as possible of what it would be like to be in a school foodservice operation before job opportunities are discussed and therefore help the...
school bus
During the school year, the school bus travels school to school where students use it as a learning lab; and during the summer and long school holidays, the bus transports meals to specific sites to...
university of North Dakota
University of North Dakota uses digital boards to promote nutrition and food quality in their dining halls. For example, they show chefs making pizza dough and sauce from scratch to allow students to...
spices
A lot of Watermark Retirement Communities' memory care dining rooms have some degree of open-kitchen dining, so to whet appetites, they put a tablespoon of sweet spices, whether it’s cinnamon or...

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