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We grow herbs in decorative containers indoors. We place the containers in retail or servery locations where customers can see the herbs being used in display cooking stations.

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With the help of one of our brokers we held a cooking contest. Each of the network’s 12 directors and one of their cooks prepared two recipes. They all had access to the same ingredients...

Instead of using hinged boxes for grab and go we went to a plastic bag with a lip that you tape down. It’s reduced our trash big time because it’s more compact than the boxes. It...

We created a video to teach students and teachers salad bar etiquette. We showed teachers doing the things you shouldn’t do, while the students were the ones doing the right things when...

We established a set of key performance indicators for our operations. We developed new financial statements for each unit that clearly indicate the target goal and actual performance, such as plate...

We create an entire food culture in our school, and we want that to extend to our parents as well. When parents come to pick up their kids after school, we take samples of food to the parking lot so...

We offer a forum for our cafeteria patrons so that they can provide input regarding menu options, services, etc. It helps improve satisfaction and opens up communication, both positive and negative...

In my government and military accounts we have a traveling chef program, which offers good experience for my chefs to get out and see other operations. I have the chefs do a chef’s table...

We believe employees should be recognized for good behavior, so we started Caught in the Act of Being Good. Supervisors “catch” employees doing something that demonstrates...

We do a rat experiment in one of our middle school health classes. One rat is fed a diet of junk food, and another is fed school lunch. The kids measure the rats’ growth and watch their...

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