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desk box lunch

We invite managers to call down and place orders for their units, and we take the lunches up to them.

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We offered cooking classes based on making 20-minute meals to all Cisco employees. The last class booked up within 15 minutes. The classes are led by our chefs de cuisine and our sous chef and have...

We hide puréed kidney beans in our tacos. As the year progresses, the purée gets chunkier until the students can recognize the kidney beans. At first you disguise the beans and...

We offer a mid-afternoon break of housemade lemonade with flavor shots. Customers are able to customize their lemonade with strawberry purée, ginger or mint simple syrups. We also offer...

Every quarter each school invites a “celebrity”—a school administrator, police officer, firefighter, high school athlete, restaurant chef or a high-profile community...

We have a volunteer who makes rounds in the entire facility three days a week, providing each veteran with a snack of choice, a newspaper and a smile with conversation. The volunteer, Mr. Branch, is...

Our residents were asking questions about ingredients we used so we started a Taste Sensations event. The chef selects a topic—oil, cheese, tomatoes—and tells the residents...

To reinforce healthy habits one of our dining halls holds a health promotion program called “Fresh Start Mondays.” The menu includes new vegetable-loaded recipes and brings some...

School nutrition has three shareholders: students, teachers/staff and parents. The first two are easier to reach. To get vital feedback from my parents I started a monthly nutrition coffee modeled...

To increase afternoon engagement we created a masala tea time. We offer freshly brewed traditional masala tea with savory and sweet Indian snack combinations. We’ve seen a 23% increase in...

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