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empanada fork

An empanada ‘fork’ seems like a tool that would lay in a back drawer—except when the Latin American-style turnovers are on the menu. But, it’s a kitchen MVP.

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This year we’ve really changed our focus to be on customer service. So we implemented some aspects of the FISH! Philosophy, based on Pike Place Fish Market.

At Pennsylvania-based health-insurance provider Highmark Pittsburgh, staff use plastic wrap to cover and keep tables sanitized during food prep.

Last year, Oshkosh Area School District partnered with two small school districts in the area to make a ratatouille sauce to get students to eat vegetables.

JPS Health Network recently initiated a schedule of on-site food trucks for the night shift to enhance dining options. They run between midnight and 2 a.m.

Lakota Local School District uses carts to take meals down the hallways, so students don’t have to come to the cafeteria to get breakfast or lunch.

Use fresh, seasonal fruits to create a base for agua fresca, smoothies and raspados [Mexican shaved ice]. You can choose in-season, local fruit.

To make it easier to deliver meals to off-site charter schools and summer feeding locations, Pinellas County Schools uses colored tape to close the boxes.

Every March, to celebrate National Nutrition Month, Windham Raymond School District makes its way through the alphabet by featuring produce from A to Z.

To generate student excitement, San Diego Unified School District had its schools apply in a raffle to have the local circus perform at a general assembly.