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.

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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...
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...

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

The University of New Mexico’s proposed on-campus taproom has officially been approved by the school’s Board of Regents.

Construction on the $650,000 student union taproom will begin this summer and is expected to finish in August when students return to campus. The school’s food vendor, Chartwells, and UNM’s Dining & Food Services department will split the cost of the taproom evenly.

Designed by students in the school’s architecture department, the space will feature a rotating selection of beer and wine, and will also welcome guest brewers. Chartwells will be...

Ideas and Innovation
cafeteria

Three years ago, Colonial School District in New Castle, Del., started a pilot supper program at its high school. The goal: To make sure the district’s students, 57% of whom are on free or reduced-priced meals, would not be hungry when school is done for the day.

Since its inception, the program has expanded to 12 schools and now provides afterschool meals to children participating in YMCA activities. And it's just one of many such programs popping up in districts throughout the country, as operators add supper to the list of daily meals they provide for students.

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Ideas and Innovation
hydroponics

We put our hydroponic gardens in a spot where students can watch them grow, but at the same time it’s safe from being tampered with. At one of our elementary schools, the gardens are in the kitchen, but there’s a window where students can look in as they walk down the hallway. Some even stop to count how many cucumbers they see.

Ideas and Innovation
food snap

We started a 50-member vegan team in response to students expressing the need for more vegan options. Between our monthly meetings, students are asked to take photos of foods they eat in and out of the dining halls to give us a true picture of the kinds of things they like and the kinds of foods that cause disappointment. This exercise has sparked a lot of conversation and given us more insight into what we could do better.

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