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We launched an Herban Veggie Garden on our patio connected to our cafeteria in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. We have about 15 planters of herbs and vegetables that we are able to harvest and use...

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The best way to raise profits is in the old-school way of using or repurposing leftovers. Knowing how to create amazing specials from vegetables and starches will save money by minimizing purchases...

We offer in-classroom “catering” for parties and special events. Families can select celebration foods from a menu designed around current school meal items. This is a win-win for...

It is extremely important for my management team and I to familiarize ourselves with the personal goals of our staff. On a regular basis we interact one-on-one with them and ask where they see...

With all the talk about empty calories from the sugar in sodas and juices, we have installed hydration stations with signs that say, “Water—The Best Choice.” The signs...

We provided our students with what we call an international spice rack. We wanted our students to have the opportunity to make their food the way they wanted. Spices such as garam masala, Chinese...

We cook items for mass feeding from recipes we find in magazines. Students trust these recipes because they are from a magazine like Cooking Light. We have the magazine right on the serving line as...

We plan on putting together boxes of shelf-stable gluten-free items. Students who are on a gluten-free diet will be able purchase those items with their meal plan. This program is slated to begin in...

We try to use variations on practiced menu items. For example, instead of a standard pasta bar, we try to use lighter menu items such as fresh crushed-tomato sauces, egg-free pasta and...

We have quarterly theme parties. I usually choose the theme, but last quarter I asked the residents to choose the theme. They decided on a Valentine’s Ladies Luncheon in which the men would...

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