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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.
10-23-2014 Ideas and Innovation
We just got a grant that will be for 1- to 5-year-olds so that we can work with the county health department to do some outreach at area supermarkets to help them market their healthier items.
10-14-2014 Ideas and Innovation
Every summer we do a culinary camp for kids. They get to wear the chef’s coat and everything. We focus on a different culture every day, so they get to do Spanish or African, etc.
10-13-2014 Ideas and Innovation
One of the ways we have found to control food waste has been to not automatically give out toppings for items like burgers. Instead, we will add things like lettuce and tomatoes only if students ask...
10-10-2014 Ideas and Innovation
I wrote a manual to spell out how we should be purchasing food to help us improve the health of our patients and employees.
10-03-2014 Ideas and Innovation
We created an approved foods tool, so parents and teachers know what food items meet the Smart Snacks regs.
10-01-2014 Ideas and Innovation
When an item on the menu is local, we write the name of the item on a little chalkboard at the point of sale.
09-30-2014 Ideas and Innovation
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 story
09-29-2014 Ideas and Innovation
We encourage the catering team and cooks to take pictures with their cell phones of the menus, recipes and plate presentation.
09-26-2014 Ideas and Innovation
We held a zero-waste night event at a recent basketball game. The goal was to bring environmental awareness to the arena while diverting 90% of waste from landfills to recycling bins and composters.