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salad bar

DIY instructions

We are creating recipe cards to display on our salad and sandwich bars to give customers ideas about salads and sandwiches they can assemble themselves.

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Speed Interviewing

I needed to hire staff, so I worked with human resources to create speed interviewing. In two hours we interviewed 10 possible candidates and were able to hire eight of them on the spot. Through five...

Fiber Race

We had administration, faculty and students compete against each other to learn about fiber. Students had four fiber-related tasks to complete, such as building a fiber cereal pyramid. The...

Student Input

At one of the high schools there is a student advisory/food council. This group advocates for the school nutrition program. The students also do product testing and have made a video about the...

Menu Artwork

Each month we send out a four-color menu to every elementary household. In addition to the menu there is an article from our dietitian about healthy dining behaviors. The back is a coloring sheet...

Groundhog Meal

This year we featured a “Groundhog Day” movie trivia contest and served a traditional German meal to celebrate what was traditionally known as Candlemas Day, which was introduced...

Cafe Tours

Our R.D.s conduct Healthy Choices Food Tours in our Bistro to assist our staff, family members and visitors in making informed food choices. The talks are tailored to our food stations; however, the...

Day ‘O Bacon

We often get requests to have more bacon on the menu. So we created a Day of Bacon on the last Tuesday of every month. On our first Day of Bacon we increased lunch and dinner participation by 10%. We...

Sticker Info

To help our new students quickly understand how and where they can use their meal plan, we installed counter stickers indicating ways to pay, meal periods and meal equivalencies. I always print extra...

Personalized Care

We wanted to ensure that all patients get the nourishment they need and the choices they want, so we started a more personalized menu ordering system. A diet tech meets with every patient and goes...

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