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With the help of a Jewish student group and a rabbi adviser, University of Maryland Dining Services was able to turn a concession stand into a destination.
01-03-2014 Ideas and Innovation
Use the talents of your student population to properly market your dining program. We advertised on our Facebook page for student marketers and selected five.
12-31-2013 Ideas and Innovation
Every year during take your children to work day, we host a healthy cooking demonstration. The kids are actually helping to make the dish.
12-26-2013 Ideas and Innovation
We hold a “power hour” in our cafeteria in the afternoon, where we offer coffee for 35 cents.
12-20-2013 Ideas and Innovation
We started producing our own lip balm from the beeswax that we harvest on campus (we recently installed two beehives). We sell the lip balm in our gift shop.
12-17-2013 Ideas and Innovation
We recently collaborated with several people in Carilion Clinic and Roanoke Public School System to develop a Food is Art Gallery. The gallery is located just outside our Mountain View Café...
12-12-2013 Ideas and Innovation
When we recognize employees, we do so with handwritten cards rather than emails. We also gave all the staff a branded fleece pullover, which went over very well.
12-09-2013 Ideas and Innovation
A Vegan Corner exists in every residential dining facility to satisfy this portion of our student customer base. The Vegan Corner choices adjust by semester, according to student requests.
12-04-2013 Ideas and Innovation
We listened to the complaints of our night employees by adding additional menu items, including breakfast items and healthier choices, and we added a third employee to that shift.
12-03-2013 Ideas and Innovation
Last spring we planted a small garden with tomatoes, squash, green and red peppers and herbs. As the vegetables were harvested, we placed them on the menu, like “Kirkwood-grown Squash...