FoodService Director | April 2011

2011 Silver Plate Winners: Lora Gilbert, Dee Hardy, George Miller, Steve Sweeney and Bruce Thomas were honored by IFMA with the 2011 Silver Plate Award.

FSD of the Month

Cyndi Gloodt’s enthusiasm infects everyone around her. As general manager for Sodexo at Northern Trust Bank in Chicago, Gloodt’s ability to work with her clients and her drive and...

Steal this idea

We found a solution to the afternoon “dead” period. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. we average 300 covers at one of our dining halls by offering afternoon tapas. We replace the expensive...
We hold workshops where we show people how to take advantage of all the nutritional and wellness-based programs in our operation. Topics covered include how to find nutritional information for the...
We held a Man vs. Food bimonthly event with our students. We have done an extreme wing competition, a colossal burger challenge and a giant burrito. The students get very excited when we hold these...
School nutrition has three shareholders: students, teachers/staff and parents. The first two are easier to reach. To get vital feedback from my parents I started a monthly nutrition coffee modeled...
We are running a series at our action station called "Not all burgers are beef.” We have introduced our own recipes for black bean, salmon, turkey and barley-mushroom burgers. We...
Each month I host a “My Cousin Vinnie” live cooking station at each of our four locations. With 6,500 employees it’s easy for people to recognize me but being in my chef...
We have a menu item called Grillin’ Fresca, where we bring out our deli slicer and put it in the grill station and slice fresh meats to order. For example, we do a top round of beef sliced...
There is not much money to do nutrition education and special promotions in school cafeterias. We have formed key relationships with local agencies and organizations to bring promotions into the...
When doing culinary training for our staff, we invite the local schools’ kitchen staff to attend as well. They tend to come to learn knife skills. Since we all are working on using more...
We started superfood tastings. We pick 13 items from fruits to grains. Every Wednesday my chefs prepare a healthy dish, and I pass out samples. We also give a handout with all the nutrition facts. We...

Confessions

Karen Green, school nutrition director at Thomas County Schools, Thomasville, Ga., shows her Southern pride with her love of grits and Paula Deen.

More From FoodService Director

Ideas and Innovation
trail mix

We’ve added fueling stations in our units for our workers who didn’t have time to eat or just need a snack. We have areas set up with trail mix, crackers, cookies and water. It helps us avoid people feeling or getting ill, especially when we get closer to exam periods and student workers are studying and not taking the time to eat.

Menu Development
quinoa bowl

In a time of growing health consciousness, it might not be enough anymore for food to be merely filling. According to Technomic’s 2016 Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report , diners are looking for food with a function, such as those with high protein content, immunity-boosting properties, antioxidants, probiotics and more. The data suggests 63% of consumers see these foods as healthier than those without any specific nutritional function—and would be more likely to buy them.

But are those stated preferences translating on an operational level? There, the answer is less clear. Baby...

Ideas and Innovation
reusable coffee cup thermos

We were inspired by a book titled “Influence” to start a sustainable cup program called My Cup. All 15,000 new students receive a reusable cup with their name on it, which they can use at the dining halls. Personalizing helps them invest in the program and actually use it.

Menu Development
ranch dressing chicken fingers

While salad bars are often the first place K-12 operators look to incorporate more fresh produce, few go as far as making their own salad dressings. But last fall, in a continuing effort to transition from prepackaged meals to an all-scratch menu, Mark Augustine, executive chef of culinary and nutrition services for Minneapolis Public Schools, switched to concocting four varieties in-house—ranch, Caesar, Italian and Asian vinaigrette. The move, designed to eliminate artificial ingredients and lower fat and sodium, presented the biggest challenge when it came to ranch dressing, the school-...

FSD Resources