FoodService Director | January 2012

The second annual compilation of operators' "bests" in several categories such as social media and menu.

Cocoa Nib Macaroon

Banana Nut Bread

Broccoli & Cheese Strata

Pomegranate Cheesecake Pops

NOLA Creole Eggs Benedict

Wok Egg & Rice Stir-Fry

Jumbo Pumpkin Muffin

Gluten-Free Cream Puffs

Cookie-Chocolate Malt Sandwich

Cottage Cheese Dill Rolls

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Peter Fischbach: Complacency Killer

Peter Fischbach considers complacency to be a dirty word, and the director of food services for Gourmet Dining Services at 9,500-student New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J., fights...

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Second Annual "The Best..."

Following the success of last year’s “bests,” FSD once again asked operators to share what topped their lists in nine categories: health & wellness, social media...

Menu Strategies


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Melissa Parmer, R.D.

Melissa Parmer, R.D., senior supervisor at the Gilbert (Ariz.) Public Schools, was responsible for the coordination of an $8 million annual budget, the day-to-day supervision of six dietetic interns and menu nutrient analysis, says Kathleen Glindmeier, di

Katie DeCamp

Katie DeCamp, assistant dining service manager at Michigan State University in East Lansing, was integral when we opened our first late-night operation, says Bruce Haskell, associate director of residential dining. This was a huge challenge as it involved

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Stone Age Dinner

We did a special themed “Flintstones” dinner the same month as “The Flintstones” 50th anniversary. We built a car and we gave kids (and adults) rides. We then...

Traveling Taco

I saw this item at a sporting event and decided to try it. It’s called a Traveling Taco. It’s made by opening a bag of chips and crunching them and then adding scoops of taco meat...

Bus Service

We now serve summer meals on buses. Last summer we used four buses. We drive around high-need areas, especially in rural areas because it’s harder to get kids to congregate in a common...

iPad Kiosk

We use an iPad kiosk in our dining hall’s lobby, which lists all the items on the daily menu. The items are grouped by meal and each item has nutrition facts and allergens. The students...

Breakfast Boost

We created a new cereal using housemade granola with raisins and dried cranberries and blueberries. We then had a contest where students created their own cereal boxes. Another contest was allowing...

After a pilot program last year at one school, we have launched a sharing tray program where students can put uneaten food. Other students can take that food, or we donate the food to a homeless...

Tailgate Party

Yale Dining hosted a tailgate party for the Yale-Harvard football game. The menu for the party included pulled pork sandwiches, nitrate-free all-beef hot dogs and vegan chili. We also provided sides...

Student Mercado

I’m hoping to start a program called the mercado peso. Students would receive pesos, which we would create, when they were caught doing good things. On Friday the students would be able to...

Kitchen Tours

We do kitchen tours once a month for our residents to show them where the staff goes when they ask for something. Showing the residents the equipment that we use and the space in the kitchen is...

Webinar Lunch

As part of an initiative to bring staff members together over noteworthy topics such as diversity in the workplace, we are offering a series of Innovation Luncheons. This monthly webinar lunch aims...

Beer Pairings

This year we introduced an after-work program where we paired our food with local beers. The wide variety of flavor combinations in beer lends perfectly to harmonizing with a variety of dishes. Six...

Snack Cart

About two months ago we started a new service in our pediatric ICU unit. A lot of parents don’t want to leave their kids’ bedside to eat, so we started bringing a cart around...


Confessions of Barbara Kane

Barbara Kane, vice president of industry relations for Ecolab, and new president of the Society for Foodservice Management, hates traveling in the winter, wants to see the future and swears by sugar-free Red Bull.


Chorizo Egg Taco

Mediterranean Egg Frittata

Pomegranate Cheesecake Pops

Scrambled Mini Pizzas

Sonoran Breakfast Empanadas

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