FoodService Director | December 2011

Solving the Purchasing Puzzle: Figuring out how to deliver local, healthy, authentic ethnic and specialty diet items to customers can be tricky for many foodservice operations.

FSD of the Month

In his second Inaugural Address, one month before the Civil War ended, President Abraham Lincoln called on Americans, “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow,...

Research

Twenty years ago, FoodService Director launched its first Compensation Study, a snapshot of salaries for operators in various non-commercial segments. This year, in addition to the current survey, FSD makes a comparison between compensation today and what it was in 1991.

Steal this idea

We are featuring international menus five times a year. Our menu planning begins with sponsoring embassies: Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark. Later, foodservice workers refine the menus...
One of the favorite food stations is the Egg n’ Potato Bar. This station utilizes low-cost foods to create a customized entrée for each student. Students enjoy picking among...
For Breast Cancer Awareness Week our school cafeterias served pink foods like eggs and applesauce. We also served whole “pink” grapefruit, which many of our students had never...
We mark items at our c-stores with a “wolf-approved’ denotation, which means the item fits four of our five healthy option criteria. This directs students to smarter snack options...
We recently started offering our own freshly ground peanut butter. At Jansen’s Market, a grab-and-go/c-store location, students can grind their own peanut butter and make their own...
Williamsport, Pa., is the home of the Little League World Series so we did a grand slam picnic that week. We served food from the different ballparks. For example, we did a soft pretzel from Philly...
We did a Dr. Seuss event on his birthday. We created unique stations in our residential restaurant, each following the theme of one of his books. We featured Roast Beast from “How the...
Since a number of the patients ask for recipes of the items we serve on our room service menu, we created a recipe card that we give to patients. The card has the nutrient values and recipe. On the...
To introduce more low-fat choices to students and to increase the percentage of students who picked up milk, we randomly drew names from among the children who participated in lunch on a certain day...
Each of our cafés offers a daily topping selection alongside our hot cereals. Some popular combinations include blueberries, honey and walnuts; cranberry, apple, dried currant and flax...
At the end of the serving lines we have kid-friendly cutting utensils for students to cut up their own produce. We have one for apples and another for oranges. The fruit comes out wedged and cored...
We designed a six-week dinner event called “Where in the World is UDS?,” where we served food from different countries. Every week the students were given clues to guess where we...

Cover story

Local, organic, natural, gluten free, healthy, authentic—the list of customers’ demands seems endless. However, actually meeting these demands comes with a litany of challenges...

Menu Strategies

Grilling may be the oldest cooking style known to man, but some chefs are flaming interest in charred foods by grilling out-of-the-ordinary foods in some unusual ways. With the trend of cooked-to-...

Ingredients

Under 30

Jamie Oswald, director of clinical nutrition for Thomas Cuisine Management at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Nampa in Idaho, started in our patient services area as a college student, became an assistant bookkeeper and then expressed an interest in our ma
What sets Meagan Jones, environmental specialist for Housing & Food Service at the University of Texas at Austin, apart from the average employee is her high energy level and passion for sustainability, according to Scott Meyer, associate director of

Confessions

Tony Geraci, the new executive director of the Memphis City Public Schools child nutrition program, loves barbecue, doesn’t understand cooking with foam and fears running out of time.

Recipes

Five Questions

Retail Experience

Most K-12 schools don’t have a traditional retail outlet. Some schools, such as the new Beverly Café at the Beverly Hills High School, are revamping their cafeterias to create a...

Health & Wellness

As a health insurance company it would make sense for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida to be progressive in terms of its own wellness program. Wellness efforts at BCBS began in 2006, according to...

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Industry News & Opinion

Amherst-Pelham Regional School District in Amherst, Mass., is updating its lunch debt policy to no longer single out students, MassLive reports.

Under the new policy, students with lunch debt will be given the same meals as their peers, regardless of how much they owe. School officials will also be communicating directly with parents of students who have accumulated debt instead of through the students themselves.

The updated policy comes just before U.S. school districts will be required to publicly list their lunch debt policies, per new USDA requirements starting July 1...

Menu Development
eureka

Since California’s state motto is “Eureka!” it seems fitting that a recent conversation with the director of hospitality at San Diego’s Palomar Health led to the biggest aha moment I’ve had in a long time.

I called Jim Metzger in late April with the purpose of discussing Palomar’s recent commitment to the goal of making 60% of its total menu plant-based by this summer. It seemed a lofty number, and I was curious how the public health system planned to get there.

But my personal eureka didn’t come while we were talking about how Palomar had cleaned up the impulse-buy zones...

Industry News & Opinion

Labeling foods with indulgent buzzwords such as “sweet sizzlin’” and “crispy” can lead consumers to make healthier food choices , according to a recent study out of Stanford University .

In the fall 2016 study, researchers labeled vegetables in one of the school’s dining halls using terms from four categories: basic, healthy restrictive, healthy positive or indulgent.

The green beans, for example, were listed as “green beans” for basic, “light ‘n’ low-carb green beans and shallots” for healthy restrictive, “healthy energy boosting green beans and shallots” for healthy...

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