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We encourage the catering team and cooks to take pictures with their cell phones of the menus, recipes and plate presentation.

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We opened a new sit-down restaurant called Manna. Because some of our employees don’t have time to come and sit down for a meal, we started Manna On the Move. They can call ahead and order anything...

We created a Sustainable Products Project blog using Blogspot, Google Maps and Google Earth. Once we identify local food items that we use they are imported into the blog. The item then has travel...

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.

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.

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.

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