Confessions of Larry Bates

Larry Bates loves Bobby Flay and eating late and watching movies.
Larry Bates, director of dining services for Riddle Village in Media, Pa., would be in law enforcement if he weren’t in foodservice and doesn’t understand the hype around sustainability. 

Q. What is the best part of your job?

Getting to know and talk to the residents. It sounds cliché, but they can really be great.

Q. What is the worst part of your job?

Listening to invalided complaints, or my commute.

Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

My two children.

Q. What is the most unusual foodservice/catering request you have ever received?

We just had a resident celebrate a 65th wedding anniversary and they want to serve Sloppy Joes.

Q. If you weren't in foodservice what would you be doing?

Law enforcement.

Q. Which talent would you most like to have?

Learn to play guitar.

Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Patience, I need it.

Q. What is your greatest fear?

That my kids will not grow up not happy and successful with the potential direction this country is heading.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

Coach Andy Reid, that's if the Eagles win the super bowl this year!

Q. What is your favorite meal?

I love too much to pick, but there is nothing like a good rare steak!

Q. What is your "guilty pleasure?"

Eating late while watching a movie

Q. What will people always find in your refrigerator?

Fruit and chopped garlic.

Q. What food fad do you wish had never started?

That's hard because I love food so much. The more different the better. 

Q. What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?

Snails. I’ve had everything imaginable, but who would think of eating a slimy snail? Common, but weird.

Q. What do you consider to be the most overrated foodservice trend?

Green and sustainability. Business was always conducted local, when conditions permit, because of transportation cost. Green is an invented word that wastes money.

Q. Read the book or see the movie?

See the movie.

Q. Are you a morning or evening person?

Morning.

Q. What are your words to live by?

Live each day like you can make a difference, because you can. We will not be judged by what we do while people are watching, but what we do when no one is watching at all. 

Q. Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

Bobby Flay.

Q. What activity is at the top of your bucket list?

Sky dive. If I chicken out, to catch a fish more than 50 pounds. 

Q. What is your most treasured possession?

My family.

Q. If you could eat dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

My dad.

Q. What would be your dream vacation?

Any vacation would be a dream, but warm with blue water is a start.

Q. What do you value most in a friend?

Loyalty.

Q. If you had a time machine what historical event or era would you visit?

I would like to have seen how Stonehenge was built. I would also have love to see the Roaring ‘20s to before the Depression.

More From FoodService Director

Ideas and Innovation
coffee shop trailor graphic

A familiar face is coming to the roads of Rutgers University this fall: the Starbucks mermaid. The New Brunswick, N.J.-based school is testing a Starbucks truck throughout the upcoming semester, NJ.com reports . The company began testing trucks on college campuses in 2014, and now has mobile locations at Arizona State University, James Madison University in Virginia, East Carolina University in North Carolina and Sacramento State in California.

The trucks will serve the full lineup of Starbucks beverages that’s available at the outlet’s brick-and-mortar location at Rutgers,...

Industry News & Opinion

A study from Virginia Tech has found a connection between school meal participation and obesity in students. From data that predates the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act , the findings raise questions over whether nutrition standards go far enough.

The research evaluated data from 1998 to 2007, comparing first through eighth grade students who partook in free and reduced-price lunch and those who qualified but opted out. Wen You, associate professor in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, says she expected to validate theories that increased breakfast...

Industry News & Opinion

Buffalo Public Schools is turning to local chefs and a little competition to help create new menu items, the Buffalo News reports .

In October, local chefs will compete against each other and a team of seven to 10 students led by chef Bobby Anderson, a former contestant on “Hell’s Kitchen,” to create lunch recipes that comply with USDA nutritional requirements and use seasonal produce sourced locally.

“This Chef Challenge is another way to engage our youth in a fun, friendly competition with local area chefs who can help create appealing recipes that will be incorporated...

Industry News & Opinion

After being sued by the Services Employees International Union over its decision to change vendors from Sodexo to Morrison, the foodservice arm at Mayo Clinic continues to face backlash from staff.

Foodservice employees at the Rochester, Minn., hospital last week handed over a petition 1,200 signatures deep asking that they remain with their current employer, Fox 9 reports .

While a Mayo Clinic spokesperson said that staff will be given similar positions and pay rates under Morrison, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota—the union representing much of the hospital’s foodservice staff—...

FSD Resources