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We purchased aprons with the child nutrition logo on the front for our employees. I realized they were wrapping the aprons around their waists.

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Every year we partner with the Special Olympics to do a gourmet extravaganza featuring our chefs. This year they raised more than $27,000. The chefs also win a trip to a food festival. This event is...

To increase awareness around healthy choices we place demo plates at the entrance of the dining hall that have scoops of Crisco on them to show how much fat there is in each item. The plates show how...

We have a local food show during a meal in the dining hall. We bring in local vendors and farmers that we purchase from and let our customers interact with them and taste their products. Guests get...

We’re starting a Wellness Wednesday in our elementary schools where we will feature Chef Basil, a child chef we developed to get students to try new foods like a sweet potato casserole. If...

On spaghetti day at one school, we throw garlic and oil on the stove and turn it on so the school smells like roasted garlic. The basil used in the meal is grown on site at the school, and we have an...

We did an event based on “The Amazing Race” called The Amazing Taste. The international programs office holds an informational fair each year, so we got them involved. We had more...

We created a new cereal using housemade granola with raisins and dried cranberries and blueberries. We then had a contest where students created their own cereal boxes. Another contest was allowing...

Culinary education is important and must be ongoing. To enhance our staff, our director of culinary has a newsletter that he sends out every week to educate everyone. Even I learn something new!

We started the Summit Fit Club, which is designed to reward customers for making healthier food choices in our cafeteria. Customers receive points for buying better-for-you items. For example, a...

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