What You Need To Know: August 2013

Published in FSD Update

Adopt-A-Ship Program Visits San Diego Navy Base

A little education and a little competition were on the deck last month at Naval Base San Diego (NBSD), when Chef Adam Weiner visited to provide training to culinary specialists at the NBSD galley and help them improve in their career field. Weiner’s stint was part of the 16-year-old Adopt-A-Ship program, which is a partnership between the American Culinary Federation and the Naval Supply Systems Command.

During Weiner’s time at the base galley he pitted the culinary specialists against each other in a best burger competition, giving them a chance to showcase their cooking abilities. “One of the things sailors look forward to the most while deployed is the next meal, and it’s important to make sure that the meals are prepared well to keep everyone’s morale high,” says Weiner, a culinary arts instructor who is active in the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education. 

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Favela, the base’s food service officer, says his team was excited to have their skills reviewed by an outside chef. “It’s great having these experienced chefs, who have been around the industry, take a look at how we run our business and teach ours the skills that they need to have to prepare the best meals possible and succeed in the industry,” Favela says. He adds that the burger competition was a “great opportunity” for junior personnel to show veteran sailors what they can do. 

Bill Would Give Certified Dietary Managers Props 

The House Ways & Means Committee is currently considering legislation that would require skilled nursing facilities to employ at least a certified dietary manager in order to be eligible for Medicare and Medicaid funding.

In part, the bill states: “In the case that [a nursing] facility does not employ a full-time qualified dietitian ... the director of food services shall be a certified dietary manager meeting the applicable requirements published by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers [or] a dietetic technician, registered, meeting the applicable requirements published by the Commission on Dietetic Registration ...”

The Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), which administers the CDM certification, has lobbied for the drafting of the bill. 

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

The menu served at Ottawa General Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, is headed for an overhaul after its CEO and management team ate a strict hospital food diet for a week and were unhappy with their options. The foodservice department has been fielding patient complaints for years, but decided to take action after facing the issue head on.

“Getting food managers to eat three meals of hospital food a day for a week brought the point home that much of the food being served was bland, institutional and not what people would normally eat,” Director of Food Services Kevin Peters told Ottawa...

Industry News & Opinion

With overtime pay likely to become a reality for some salaried foodservice employees after Dec. 1, operators are rethinking what they expect managers to do off-site as part of their responsibilities. Answering email or scheduling shifts at home didn’t matter when the employees were exempted from overtime if they earned more than $23,660 per year. But with that threshold more than doubling on Dec. 1 to $47,476, a half hour spent here and there on administrative tasks could push a salaried manager over the 40-hours-per-week threshold and entitle him or her to overtime. And how does the...

Menu Development
frozen raspberries

“As a chef, I pretty much have grown up through the business thinking that fresh was always better—produce, fish and meats, especially,” says Ryan Conklin, executive chef for UNC Rex Healthcare’s culinary and nutrition services. “But the more ‘re-educated’ I get, the more I’m learning that some frozen options may be more appropriate for me to be using on my menus.”

Right now, the perception of frozen foods doesn’t match the reality, especially for high-volume foodservice operators, says Conklin. Often, chefs and operators picture not-great product that’s been sitting in a block of...

Sponsored Content
Roasted Beet Salad Pickled Blueberries
From Blueberry Council.

What’s trending in the culinary world? The basics! According to the NRA, diners today are craving authenticity, simplicity and freshness on menus. But basic ingredients don’t have to lead to boring menu options.

It’s easy to fall into the latest craze to capture consumer attention and drive sales. But we’ve learned it’s not always about novelty. Instilling a feeling of nostalgia and familiarity by using well-known and well-loved ingredients in new, experimental dishes can lead to an increase in adventurous dining decisions, while staying in your customers’...

FSD Resources