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To help freshman residents easily find our dining locations on campus while promoting sustainability, we give them reusable mugs with a campus map design that highlights our dining locations.

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To help me keep track of the new meal regulations, I color code my menus. So for all the vegetable sub groups that we have to meet, I track those through color on my menus. For example, an orange...

After meeting with a vegetarian focus group we marked our standard menu items to make it easier to recognize the menu items that are vegetarian. Things like salad dressings, grilled sandwiches and...

In a dessert special this fall, our bakeshop made an assortment of whoopie pies filled with different flavors. We created a choose-your-own combo, or the students could create their own combo of...

We had a pumpkin carving contest in our cafeteria. We supplied the pumpkins, and staff members were able to take their pumpkins home and then submit their entries. Customers voted on the submissions...

It’s an important step to filter your water in all food-related areas of your operation. Every kitchen should have filtered water for soups, stock, coffee, fountain systems, ice water, fine...

This fall the weather in Michigan was fantastic. We saw a slight decline in customers at our retail operations. We soon found out that they were enjoying the weather as well. We decided to send out...

We partnered with a local mobile farmers’ market that comes on site once a week and brings fresh produce, meats, dairy items, prepared goods and baked goods from local farms and businesses...

We utilized our patio to host a friendly competition between the dining halls. Each of the four dining halls participated with each team consisting of two cooks creating their own recipes for chili...

We do a presentation with the staff, including the chef and dietitian. We offer a three-course meal centered around all the aspects of whole life wellness. We offer a balanced meal, diet tips,...

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