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.

Steal this idea

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...
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...

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
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On every other Thursday of our four-week cycle menu, we allow K-8 students to pick the entree choices. The media center specialist for each of the participating schools sets up the list of entree items on a computer for voting, and the winning entrees are given to cafeteria managers two weeks before the upcoming month to put into production. Students really like this, as it promotes ownership of the menu.

Ideas and Innovation
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We highlight our North Carolina products on a large chalkboard in our dining halls, and also list any produce we bring in from our own agroecology farm. It helps tell our story—positive and local.

Ideas and Innovation
raised garden beds

We have raised garden beds that residents can reserve and use to grow their own plants. Whenever a resident brings me fresh produce from their own garden, I try and incorporate it into a dish. If I do end up using it, I will display the resident’s name and what the produce was next to the dish on the menu.

Ideas and Innovation
chartwells teaching kids

Curriculum for the mobile teaching kitchen centers around a single kid-friendly recipe, using ingredients that can provide talking points for nutrition, sustainability and food origins. “The recipe is the lesson,” Saidel says. “Every ingredient is an opportunity to talk.”

Earlier this year, Saidel, Perkins and Harvey did a student demo featuring roasted chicken and white bean tacos with greens and citrus salsa. “We can say, ‘Why are we using chicken instead of beef? Why are there some beans in here?’ You can talk about plant proteins and the sustainability and health message around...

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