FoodService Director | December 2012

After a yearlong effort, FoodService Director presents results from the industry’s most comprehensive research project. From gluten-free dining to food trucks and breakfast, we’ve got the information you need to plan menus and operational strategies f

There are foodservice operators who have incorporated a variety of exotic grains into their menus, in vegetarian items and on salad bars, and customers have embraced them. But when it comes to...

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Creating an enjoyable dining atmosphere is essential in any foodservice operation. It’s especially important in a hospital, where life-and-death decisions are made every day. Becky...

Research

Operators predict growth in Mexican/Latin American, coffee and healthy retail items in the next two years.
FoodService Director has released the results of The Big Picture, which we believe is the most comprehensive non-commercial research project ever conducted. As the name suggests, our goal is...
The retail sales outlook for the year to come is positive, according to the majority of operators surveyed for FARE’s State of Foodservice at Retail, which included those in the colleges and healthcare segments. Even the challenges that lie ahead signify long-term opportunities to improve the overall quality and competitiveness of retail dining.
FoodService Director has released the results of The Big Picture, which we believe is the most comprehensive non-commercial research project ever conducted. As the name suggests, our goal is...
FoodService Director has released the results of The Big Picture, which we believe is the most comprehensive non-commercial research project ever conducted. As the name suggests, our goal is...
FoodService Director has released the results of The Big Picture, which we believe is the most comprehensive non-commercial research project ever conducted. As the name suggests, our goal is...

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Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable and sustainable food. We offered students free samples from Purity, Organic, Annie’s Homegrown and Ritual...
We held an Exotic Explorers Theme Dinner featuring roasted rattlesnake, fried alligator, ostrich egg fried rice, ginger beer-glazed mako shark and scorpion pops. The event provided an opportunity to...
I wanted to show—not just tell—people how healthy our school meals are. So I started my own personal weight-loss journey. I eat school breakfast and lunch every day and I use...
We did an event highlighting artisan breads and savory soups. Our bakeshop created a rustic Italian bread, ancient grain bread, oatmeal bread and cornbread. We paired the breads with soups, such as...
We held a dinner based on a state fair. We featured items such as Southern fried chicken; a doughnut burger with gouda, barbecue sauce and fried onions; bacon mac and cheese; jumbo hot pretzels;...
The USDA requires we post signage showing the choices and food groups. All materials available were using MyPlate. We replaced the plate with a photo of our tray. We focused on “Build Your...
At our diabetes camp we play a game called Trash the Dietitian. We ask the campers questions about food and nutrition, and if they get them right they get to dump food on either me or our other...
Taking time to get to know our student leaders has paid off dividends in the past year. When student leaders created a Facebook page for NC State students, they invited us to answer questions put...
It’s hard to keep morale up when employees call out frequently. When I first arrived, there was little accountability, which frustrated employees who followed the company’s policy...
Our department hosts a Stop Hunger Now Bake Sale every week from October to February in our Union. Every 25 cents raised feeds one child in Africa. We sell whole cakes, cake slices, cookies, brownies...
Our high school has about 60 languages spoken and is populated by students from dozens of countries. We started an international service line that incorporates cuisines from some of the countries...
When we needed to change some patient menu items to increase satisfaction, we asked our hostesses. They know what the patients like and don’t like. They also know what patients ask for that...

Cover story

This month FoodService Director releases the results of The Big Picture, which we believe is the most comprehensive non-commercial research project ever conducted.

Under 30

Andre Burgess, operations manager for Sodexo at FVSU, says: Justin Gillette, executive chef for Sodexo a tFort Valley State University, has creativity, passion and high energy level have created a great work environment among employees and great communica
Justin Klobucar culinary talents have added greatly to the facilities at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. One area where he has really worked hard is in the physicians’ dining room, says Mary Verona, R.D. Klobucar has included

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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.

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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...

Ideas and Innovation
sparkling water

Our carbonated soft drink sales at Earls.67 reflect a national trend; we’re continually down on carbonated soft drink sales by 8% to 9% on an annual basis,” says Cameron Bogue, beverage director at the contemporary-casual chain Earls Kitchen + Bar.

The issue with spa water

Many operators are intrigued with the offering, but they are learning that infused water can’t be offered at a cost to guests unless there is added value beyond cut-up fruit. Bogue says, “I was adamant that I didn’t want to charge for spa water.”

Agua fresca alternatives

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