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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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Use competitors’ programs

To update our recipe database and bring consistency to all 23 of our ACTS communities, we purchased a menu program from Morrison called Webtrition.

New dining space

We introduced patio dining this summer. We worked with our landscaping team and got some furniture.

Summer culinary camp

Twenty children between the ages of 10 and 18 received two days of instruction and hands-on experience in the kitchen, then put their knowledge to the test cooking for family and friends.

Pretty and practical herb displays

We grow herbs in decorative containers indoors. We place the containers in retail or servery locations where customers can see the herbs being used in display cooking stations.

Show it to them

I am looking into using more technology. I’m working on doing a continual live feed from the central kitchen.

Cereal madness

We held a blind, March Madness-style event dubbed Serial Cereal Series to figure out if we were serving the right cereals.

Better communication saves dollars

We have a conference services area where we do internal and external events. We provide foodservice and staffing for these events.

Peer-to-peer marketing

We hired interns to support the promotion of meal plans and dining services throughout the year.

Cooking classes for students

During National Nutrition Month, we hosted a series of four cooking classes for students called In the Kitchen.

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