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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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...
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...

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

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
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

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 menu served at Ottawa General Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, is headed for an overhaul after its CEO and management team ate a strict hospital food diet for a week and were unhappy with their options. The foodservice department has been fielding patient complaints for years, but decided to take action after facing the issue head on.

“Getting food managers to eat three meals of hospital food a day for a week brought the point home that much of the food being served was bland, institutional and not what people would normally eat,” Director of Food Services Kevin Peters told Ottawa...

Industry News & Opinion

With overtime pay likely to become a reality for some salaried foodservice employees after Dec. 1, operators are rethinking what they expect managers to do off-site as part of their responsibilities. Answering email or scheduling shifts at home didn’t matter when the employees were exempted from overtime if they earned more than $23,660 per year. But with that threshold more than doubling on Dec. 1 to $47,476, a half hour spent here and there on administrative tasks could push a salaried manager over the 40-hours-per-week threshold and entitle him or her to overtime. And how does the...

Menu Development
frozen raspberries

“As a chef, I pretty much have grown up through the business thinking that fresh was always better—produce, fish and meats, especially,” says Ryan Conklin, executive chef for UNC Rex Healthcare’s culinary and nutrition services. “But the more ‘re-educated’ I get, the more I’m learning that some frozen options may be more appropriate for me to be using on my menus.”

Right now, the perception of frozen foods doesn’t match the reality, especially for high-volume foodservice operators, says Conklin. Often, chefs and operators picture not-great product that’s been sitting in a block of...

Sponsored Content
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What’s trending in the culinary world? The basics! According to the NRA, diners today are craving authenticity, simplicity and freshness on menus. But basic ingredients don’t have to lead to boring menu options.

It’s easy to fall into the latest craze to capture consumer attention and drive sales. But we’ve learned it’s not always about novelty. Instilling a feeling of nostalgia and familiarity by using well-known and well-loved ingredients in new, experimental dishes can lead to an increase in adventurous dining decisions, while staying in your customers’...

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