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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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Save coffee grounds

We save our coffee grounds in 5-gallon buckets.


Nurses are using the term “snack-u-check” to remind them to take a snack to patients when they do their blood sugar checks. ...

Save the salads

On Friday, when we break down our salad bar, we freeze 75 percent of the items for use in soups and other dishes.

Celebrate female chefs

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we had an Iron Chef competition for all the female chefs at the account.

Dining Diplomats

I developed a program for undergraduate nutrition students called Dining Diplomats.

Emergency room snacks

Due to an overwhelming volume of patients and families in our emergency department (ED), we created a snack cart.

Red hot chefs

We invited four different departments, one per week, to prepare a dinner for the school community.

Trading places with employees

Each month we allow the hourly employee with the best attendance record to trade places with a manager for one day.

Show off your work

I tour the residents through the kitchen and then set up a table so they can watch staff work for about 15 minutes while they drink their coffee.