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We do a dinner theater, which is a collaboration between the high school drama department, the food class and myself. They pick a theme and perform short plays that they wrote. The food class helps...
Each year one school invites parents to lunch. The first year I noticed that our meals dropped significantly on these days as parents brought in outside food. I asked the principal if we could turn...
At Thanksgiving we held a turkey cooking class. Parents signed up for the class, which featured free-range, organic and vegetarian-fed turkeys. It was a one-hour class that taught everyone about...
We added merchandisers at both of our residential dining halls because we were concerned that students were waiting too long. Students suggested offering a prepackaged line of sandwiches to offset...
As part of our Eat Smart campaign, which showcases the healthy options we offer, we included events this semester such as Balanced Plate Week, where we focused on teaching guests how to create a...
When demand at our Crossroads dining began lagging behind other locations we decided to revamp the menu with campus celebrity items. Examples include a classic cheeseburger, renamed each year for the...
To show our appreciation to our employees we offer free tutoring sessions every Wednesday night for the children of our employees. Bama Dining retail managers and supervisors volunteer two hours to...
Our electricity here is so expensive, we knew we needed to teach our staff how to help us reduce costs. We came up with a system that uses colored sticker dots on light switches. The color of the dot...
We have a cart in our retail café year-round. We started it in response to some student inquiries. We started in the summer when fresh produce was plentiful. Whatever we could find that...

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