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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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Video Training

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...

Clear Goals

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...

Parent Engagement

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...

Cafeteria Forums

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...

Promoting Chefs

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...

Positive Reinforcement

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...

Junk Food Test

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...

Trend O’ Ramen

In one of our late-night eateries, one that is known typically for its fried fare, the retail culinary team has worked to lift the menu to one that is comforting, yet different. They’ve...

One Team

To promote the idea that we have a diverse team but we are all on the same team we created T-shirts for all staff. The T-shirt features our mascot (a Terrapin) made up of the flags of several...

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