Confessions

Operators open up about their passions, fears and embarrassing moments

Kathryn Spencer, a farm-to-school specialist for San Diego Unified School District, connects with farmers to secure at least 15 percent of the produce for salad bars and menu items from local sources...

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The culinary services director for Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services in Columbus, Ohio, loves muscle cars and Clint Eastwood, and he believes that not everything is better with bacon.

Sandi Kramer, child nutrition director for the Yankton School District in Yankton, S.D., loves chocolate, wants to travel to Holland and Germany, and believes everything happens for a reason.

Gay Anderson, child nutrition director and district wellness coordinator for the Brandon Valley School District, in Brandon, S.D., wishes she could sing, would love to travel to Alaska and is a morning person—after she’s had some coffee.

The executive director of auxiliary services at Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y., admires Pope Francis, loves Chilean sea bass and wishes french fries had never been invented.

Robert Floccari, director of dining for Chartwells at York College of Pennsylvania, York, Penn., would love to tour Italy, wishes he could play piano and keeps a supply of Fresca in his fridge.

Director of food, nutrition and conference services loves thinking out of the box, hates having to justify staffing and wishes she could sing.

Jessica Marchand, R.D., director of food and nutritrion services at WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, N.C., loves cheese, admires her grandfather and wishes she were more musically inclined.

Linda Eichenberger, director of child nutrition services for the Oak Hills Local School District in Cincinnati, admires her father, would love to travel through Alaska by car, and wishes she could dance.

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