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food ingredients map

“We work with local producers to source meats, seafood, produce and even canola oil, and then call out the locations on a map to tell the story to guests.” 

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If you make nutrition fun it tends to stick. We did a blind taste testing event with residents and administration last year. We were testing food for spices, so the goal was to figure out what spice...

You can save a great deal of time when making housemade red sauce from plum tomatoes. People used to blanch tomatoes to remove skins but that removes most of the vitamins. Instead, after washing,...

As part of our partnership with Healthy UNH, we developed a website where students can log on and see all dining halls and retail units listed. Users can click on a location and it will give them...

Clark Dining Hall at NCSU is teaming with the NCSU Biodiesel Club to reuse the waste fryer oil to make biodiesel for use on the NCSU Farm. This biodiesel is a nontoxic and biodegradable fuel that...

We didn’t want a lot of clutter in our “kitchen” area of the dining hall, which is where students can make their own waffles and get self-serve cereal. Instead of having...

We collaborated with our sustainable dining interns to create a “Basic Cooking Techniques” cooking class certification, which ranged from knife skills and sanitation to soups,...

Summer innovations for us included a Hamptons Lunch. We offered a lobster bake with lobsters cooked to order, corn, potatoes, clams, etc. It’s one of our signature events, and everyone...

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...

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...

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