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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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Partner with the locals

In an effort to promote farm-to-school in our fruit and vegetable program, we partnered with a local farmers’ market. The manager of the market coordinates with us to purchase the seasonal...

Customer iron chef

We invited the employees of one of our high-tech clients to stage an Iron Chef contest in the kitchen of our commissary in San Francisco. This client has a young and energetic workforce that is very...

Product testing

We started “Tuesday Tryouts” in all three of our residential dining facilities. On selected Tuesdays, we work with our prime vendor and its brokers to test new items and ideas in...

Visual trays

We offer color-contrast trays with meal orders to better assist visually impaired patients and enhance their dining experience. The trays help the patient see the outline and location of items, such...

Employee meet and greet

Each month, I meet with a small group of employees from food service, EVS, transportation and laundry to review the health system’s mission, vision and values and to talk about ways we can...

Celebrating with students and the community

So students have a chance to celebrate with their friends, we offer a holiday meal in both of our residential facilities. The events are posted on the university calendar so that all university...

Packaging switch

We switched from an 8-by-8-inch hinged container in our deli to waxed paper. This allowed us to more efficiently mark our pricing. 

Concept testing

To test our new dining experience Rendevous before it officially opens, we invited our 75 resident assistants to dine with us for lunch.

Healthy plates

We are currently developing LiveWell Plates for the Intermountain Healthcare System. Chefs at five different hospitals are creating them, with the criteria being less than 600 calories, 700...

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