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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 make our own gelato. Recently we started inviting staff to sign up to make the gelato for a day.  

Everyone needs to evaluate new products to bring in or add to their facility. Let those companies earn their spot not just on value but also on resident approval. 

We added prepackaged hot breakfast sandwiches. This added 150 more transactions per day in our retail outlets. 

We work hard on improving our customer service to our residents. We have a question of the day that the diet aides can ask the residents. This encourages more interaction with the residents and they...

Everyone is talking about how hospital foodservice operations will be affected by the Affordable Care Act, but no one is talking about how LTC facilities will be involved. 

We do a Behind the Lunch Counter tour for parents. We invite them to go behind the scenes, to help take the mystery out of what happens behind the counter to create their students’ meals.

Leverage the strength of other dining services’ operations by creating a dining event around them. Invite chefs from other locations into your facility to prepare their operations'...

Our dairy produces 1% chocolate milk and we serve it in our retail units and our dining halls. 

We noticed our students were grazers. When I would go through the service lines and look at our fish, I noticed that students would cut our portions of fish in half and no one would take the cut...