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salad bar

DIY instructions

We are creating recipe cards to display on our salad and sandwich bars to give customers ideas about salads and sandwiches they can assemble themselves.

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Paint your plate

Each summer we run a four-week program that focuses on adding a wider variety of fruits and vegetables to employees’ diets.

Healthy recipe contest

For National Nutrition Month, we ran a healthy salad recipe contest, asking students to submit their favorite salad recipe according to set healthy criteria.

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.

Networking scavenger hunt

I brought three of my chefs with me to MenuDirections 2015 and gave each of them a list of brain-healthy foods and ingredients to find at the conference, along with certain people they would have to...

Multipurpose stations

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.

Mini food truck

We are designing and branding our own pushcart version of a food truck.

Transparent temperature tracking

We changed how we record temperatures of our hot and cold items by moving our logs to highly visible locations.

Juice to reduce vegetable waste

We use a juice machine to juice vegetable trim waste.

2015 contest winner

Susan Santos, assistant director at Penn State University in University Park, Pa., won the Steal This Idea contest held at MenuDirections 2015 in Memphis, Tenn., last month.

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