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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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...
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...

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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Ideas and Innovation
unsung heroes graphic

Febin Bellamy, a senior at Georgetown University, is the founder of Unsung Heroes, a nonprofit that features service workers on college campuses in man-on-the-street-style Facebook interviews. This year, Bellamy is working with a dozen schools to launch their own chapters of the storytelling platform. Here’s what he’s learned about staff shoutouts.

Q: Why did you decide to start Unsung Heroes?

A: One day I started a conversation with a custodial worker in the business school that I would see all the time. I learned that we had a lot of similarities; for instance, we both wanted to...

Ideas and Innovation
bolognese sauce

We’re trying to bring scratch cooking to all the elementary schools, but we’re taking it dish by dish. Right now, we satellite a lot of the dishes out. This month we made a Bolognese from scratch, and went to each of the schools to talk to them about the process and see if they could implement it. It helps us find out the hurdles and what they are going to need to make it work.

Ideas and Innovation
rolling silverware

Ensuring that employees regularly complete the busywork missing from their daily checklist can be a challenge, but these tasks often help an operation run efficiently with fewer unexpected costs. At Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., Regional Executive Chef Dustin Cochran has found a solution to ensure his walk-in coolers always have a clean vent. Cochran starts with a thorough cleaning of the vent, then slips a hairnet over it to catch the dust. Instead of getting employees to deep clean the vents, they need only replace the hairnet.

Ideas and Innovation
chicken and waffles

Our elementary menu is currently riding the breakfast-anytime advertising trend by offering Breakfast for Lunch every Tuesday. It ranks as our highest participation, and it was a great way for us to introduce chicken and waffles inspired by an IHOP dish.

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