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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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Make healthy eating a show

We educated students, parents and staff about local products and healthy eating. Vendors donated prizes to give to kids who filled out surveys for feedback on their products.

Photograph your work, post on social media

After several members of our staff attended a class on smartphone photography, we came back and trained the rest of our staff to take pictures of the plates they prepare.

Say it with photos

We invested in a nice camera and sent several people to an affordable food photography class.

Borrow from the chains

To combat the reduction in student customers due to the new USDA regulations, I studied what restaurants most children frequent.

Host a chef’s table with the president

We do a monthly “Lunch with the President.” Our president, Dr. Robert O. Davies, who started here last July, is very student-oriented.

Let students vote on menu

We had this vision of working together to create a program that would focus on student-driven research projects on different food trends in the industry, which would help us change the culture in the...

Partner with other departments

We developed a partnership with our district’s staff development department to establish an annual training schedule.

Reduce waste: Sterilize the trash

In the process, the pulp becomes a sterile biomass suitable for compost or is tilled directly into the soil. It is picked up by our certified organic CSA.

Repurpose leftover food

The person who is wrapping up and labeling leftovers is required to tell the next-day staff at least one way the leftovers can be used.

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