FoodService Director | February 2012

In this issue you will find chefs talking about how they develop the items customers are asking for in several trendy categories. You'll also find a special Confessions and recipes—lots and lots of recipes.

The term "banh mi" actually just refers to bread, but this sandwich has a lot going on between the slices with lemon grass chicken and a garlic-based mayonnaise...

FSD of the Month

As Frank Sinatra famously sang about New York City, “If I can make it there, I’m gonna make it anywhere.” That certainly rings true for Eric Goldstein, chief executive...

Research

FoodService Director’s 2011 School District Census is a snapshot of the K-12 school market, based on information from the 2010-2011 school year, supplied by 50 large, medium and small districts.

Steal this idea

We served a variety of “super foods” that intrigued the taste buds and pleased appetites during a recent party. The menu items were posted to inform participants of their &...
We do a Future Chefs competition in the elementary schools that is focused on healthy after-school snacks. The students submit recipes, and the best five are selected to compete in a cook-off. We...
Two years ago we started an annual Martin Luther King Day event. One of our cooks, Moses Barnes, brought recipes from down home Mississippi. Since Moses’ recipes were so well receiveda we...
To increase afternoon engagement we created a masala tea time. We offer freshly brewed traditional masala tea with savory and sweet Indian snack combinations. We’ve seen a 23% increase in...
Each month our dining hall invites a chef from either a local restaurant or from our foodservice distributor to showcase some of their recipes for the athletes at our Training Table meal. The...
We started a Build Your Plate program to familiarize students with healthy foods, with the hope that those habits continue as they age. Students are taught how to prepare a balanced meal, the source...
To reinforce healthy habits one of our dining halls holds a health promotion program called “Fresh Start Mondays.” The menu includes new vegetable-loaded recipes and brings some...
We ran a Facebook contest in conjunction with our Low Carbon Diet. We asked customers to submit a picture of a low-carbon meal they had at one of our cafés along with a description of what...
We piloted breakfast on the bus. We gave students a reimbursable meal with a choice of breakfast sandwich wraps. We didn’t offer cereal because we didn’t want a mess. Everyone...
I cut costs by taking advantage of surplus items. For example, I got some equipment from a local community college that was renovating its facility. I’ve also purchased nice tables for $25...
To show our appreciation for first-year students, at the end of the year we did a special dinner for them on East Campus. Students who entered the Marketplace on one of the last nights of the year...

Menu Strategies

World cuisines, health and wellness, vegan, and gluten free are among the most popular trends in foodservice, and they present some interesting challenges for chefs trying to develop recipes to...
Particularly on college campuses, Recipes From Home programs are an engaging way to make the foodservice experience more personal, both for diners and staff. For our Recipe Issue, we decided to ask...
Asian is viewed as healthful, uses less protein and is based primarily on produce that’s readily available with the recent proliferation of farmers’ markets. Plus, the cuisine is...

Ingredients

Buying local products is great in theory. But it’s not always so practical in reality. The fact is, when it comes to citrus, most people can’t get it from neighboring farms...

Under 30

Nick Webb, lead operator, dishroom and trayline at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio,  is one of nine leads and is truly is one of the most intelligent leads we have on staff, says Liz Boone, R.D., executive director of nutrition services. Webb provid

Confessions

Eric Eisenberg, corporate executive chef, Nutrition, Catering, Retail & Conference Services for Swedish Health Services in Seattle, offers his take on all things culinary in this special installment of Confessions.

Recipes

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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...

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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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