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 lemongrass 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.

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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...
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...

Menu Strategies

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...
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...

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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Ideas and Innovation
pureed food

As many of our residents are required to eat only modified food due to their health, we have stepped up to the challenge of creating appetizing and visually appealing meal options through our puree program. Using only fresh ingredients, proteins are pureed in a raw state and then baked in a mold. We have discovered that the taste is far more pleasing when fresh ingredients are used, and this provides the resident with a healthy, nutritious caloric valued meal.

Ideas and Innovation
fruits and veggies

I started a Nutrition Promoters program to encourage kids to eat healthy. The current lunch assistants are now titled and trained as Nutrition Promoters. As they work in the lunchroom, they hand out prizes and give motivation and encouragement to students to try new foods, especially fruits and vegetables. One of the prizes is a trading card series called the Superfood Squad for kids to collect and learn more about the amazing powers and benefits of superfoods.

Managing Your Business
hand selecting picture

According to the Wall Street Journal, new artificial intelligence technologies are designed to assist HR each step of the way, from recruitment to retention. They scour the internet for suitable job candidates; they take new employees through the onboarding process; they answer benefits questions; and they even scan employee correspondence for signs of unhappiness or counterproductivity. But do they make sense for foodservice operators?

“Anything that can help technology-wise, why not?” says David Hill, director of dining hall operations at the University of New Hampshire . “It...

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...

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