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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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Smart snacks list

We created an approved foods tool, so parents and teachers know what food items meet the Smart Snacks regs.

Menuing local

When an item on the menu is local, we write the name of the item on a little chalkboard at the point of sale.

Make a game of it

One example is the Potato Story game, in which we divide employees up into groups of four or five and ask them to create a short story

Take advantage of technology

We encourage the catering team and cooks to take pictures with their cell phones of the menus, recipes and plate presentation.

Wasting zero at the game

We held a zero-waste night event at a recent basketball game. The goal was to bring environmental awareness to the arena while diverting 90% of waste from landfills to recycling bins and composters.

Herb garden giveaway

One of the ways we celebrated Earth Day this year was by incorporating fresh herbs into some of the dishes served at each station, such as Mint Chicken and Basil Pasta.

Earth Day garden

We launched an Herban Veggie Garden on our patio connected to our cafeteria in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. We have about 15 planters of herbs and vegetables that we are able to harvest and use...

Waste Stream Video

We have a single-stream recycling program because we don’t have the ability to compost.

Color-coding allergies

We have several independent residents in our main dining room who have some type of food allergy.

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