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empanada fork

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.

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We do pop-up restaurants once a month for the 400 residents of our community. We close off one section of our formal dining room for the event. 

We host many camps over the summer. In the past, parents of children with food allergies have been nervous about sending their kids to summer camp, even though we have an excellent allergen program...

We have a really strict no leniency policy where if we catch a student stealing, it’s a $100 fine, even if it’s your first time being caught. 

We invited families from four ethnic groups to tour our nutrition center. We have between 100 and 150 people per session.

We had a learning moment for our employees when we had a patient who wanted peas. Peas weren’t on the menu that day, but we did have them in house.  

We switched our bread for grilled cheese sandwiches to whole wheat. 

We’ve put on an all-day event called PigStock, which features pork and bacon dishes, live music and prizes. 

We started a marketing campaign called Team Nutrition. We wanted to increase our participation but, more important, to reduce the amount of healthy items that kids were throwing away.