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A lot of Watermark Retirement Communities' memory care dining rooms have some degree of open-kitchen dining, so to whet appetites, they put a tablespoon of sweet spices, whether it’s cinnamon or...
food allergies
The University of Michigan brought in a student with food allergies to talk in front of foodservice staff as part of their training for an impactful presentation they won't forget...
We have been focusing on menus that allow our high school students to customize their lunch, so this is another menu option where they are able to do that.
library books
Our summer feeding bus also has a librarian on board, and she’s able to check out books to the kids so they can build relationships with staff all throughout the summer.
We produce any complex recipe a day or two ahead to not fall behind in food production due to an absence. We try to also have substitute employees.
retro diner
Child Nutrition was able to purchase a separate facility for summer feeding, so I decided to come up with some way to feed kiddos and keep them cool while doing so.
walk-in cooler
When temperatures rise try hosting meetings in your walk-in and make occasional trips to hang out throughout the day to beat the back-of-house heat.
moving boxes
Because we have 39 locations, employees are offered a transfer if they’re planning a move. They’re rehired by the company, but there’s no additional training needed.
staff pack
Not only was our trip to the Escape Room a training a great team-building experience, but it supported a local new business and gave our staff a memorable experience.


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