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Steal This Idea
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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Cutting cost

Review inventory and attach a point value to all unused ingredients. Award team members for incorporating [the unused] ingredients into their dishes and stations.

Find new revenue sources

In the elementary schools our participation has dropped the last few semesters due to the changing USDA regulations. In order to draw up more interest, as well as business, we not only sell second...

Eliminate cold food complaints

Turn your medical-model tray service into a hot, fresh service by using serving tables and carts within your neighborhoods or units.

Paleo Challenge

For a healthy and affordable meal option, we began offering a paleo menu in March. Each meal is served with a protein, two vegetable servings and a bottle of water or iced tea for $7.

Napkin notes

These are anonymous notes that the students write me on napkins and post to bulletin boards in the dining halls, and I respond to them twice a week. The notes run the gamut from “I want a new salad...

World Cup celebration

Stillings Hall at the University of New Hampshire honored soccer’s World Cup 2014, which was held this month in Brazil, by featuring a dish at a dinner event from each of the 32 nations that...

Get creative with inventory

The best way to get great, practical recipe ideas is to involve staff.

Color your meals

Develop a color scheme for every dish you serve. This means a minimum of three colors on each plate.

Play off an acronym

Our 23 communities were each asked to develop a recipe item using our acronym, ACTS, in the name. A panel of eight staff members tried all the different entries and chose a winner: Apricot Cinnamon...

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