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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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Regional Tastes

Our participation is up, and one reason is because we are serving on a three-compartment plate instead of plastic trays. These are plates that our students are used to seeing in barbecue places. It...

Chef Battle

We wanted to improve our macaroni and cheese recipe, so we had our chefs battle it out for the best recipe. Four of our chefs signed up to compete. We had a blind tasting in the cafeteria during...

Snack Service

Many of the employees do not have time to leave their desks to get a snack. To keep the choices healthy we provide afternoon snacks that meet our healthy criteria. We take the snacks to the service...

Local Soft-Serve

We partnered with our campus dairy to develop a replacement ice cream product for our soft-serve machines. We were able to achieve a better product at a lower cost, while expanding one of our...

Use Interns

We have student culinary and dietary interns work on reducing fats and sodium in recipes. We also have them support educators and help with the rollouts of programs. 

Rainbow Eats

We let all our students who purchase meals with us eat as much as they want from our salad bars. On our rainbow days, if a student selects items from the bar with four different colors—...

Leftover Network

We have a group called the Food Recovery Network, which is a group of students who volunteer each night and after special events to pick up all the usable leftovers and distribute them to area...

Bake Sale

To increase employee satisfaction we’ve negotiated with a local bakery to sell its items twice a month, usually on payday. The hospital gets 10% of the sales. We only use a four-by- six-...

Satisfaction Survey

We do our own patient satisfaction surveys by including a survey on every tray. With Press Ganey, the sample size is normally pretty small and patients take the survey several days after they return...

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