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Pop-ups use special events to boost social-media following.

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We will use some leftover items, such as macaroni and cheese or barbecued chicken, as toppings for pizza. We label it as our pizza of the day, and it usually becomes our most popular seller that day.

We use games to help build teamwork and camaraderie in our department. One example is the Potato Story game, in which we divide employees up into groups of four or five and ask them to create a short...

In order to get buy-in for breakfast in the classroom, there is an incredible amount of planning done with stakeholders to ensure that we can show the value for this and to get their thoughts and see...

We have started making flavored butters to go with our plated events. Just as wine flavors go with specific meats, so do our butters. We serve sage and thyme butter with chicken dishes, “cowboy”...

In order to encourage customers to eat more healthfully, we reduced the price of our salad bar to $4.99 per pound, from $6.99. At the same time, we increased the price of sodas.

We had a small area that sold self-serve yogurt. Sales were great for the first year and then began to slide as most self-serve yogurt shops have done this past year or so.

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

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...

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

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