FoodService Director | January 2013

This month we present The Best, a list of "bests" operators have seen in a variety of categories, from health and wellness to retail and the bottom line. This year readers shared their personal bests on topics like on-site gardens, new revenue sources and

FSD of the Month

In the mid-2000s, the foodservice program for the Clark County School District in Nevada was losing millions of dollars annually. By 2007, CCSD’s CFO, Jeff Weiler, had had enough. To try to...

Operations

In 1998, Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus, Okla., received an overall meal service score of just 38% in its Press Ganey survey. By 2003, that number had soared to 93%. Key to the positive...

Steal this idea

This fall the weather in Michigan was fantastic. We saw a slight decline in customers at our retail operations. We soon found out that they were enjoying the weather as well. We decided to send out...
During the cold winter months we offer a “Soup for the Soul” station, which consists of six different hand-crafted soups accompanied by artisan breads and housemade cheese...
It’s an important step to filter your water in all food-related areas of your operation. Every kitchen should have filtered water for soups, stock, coffee, fountain systems, ice water, fine...
We do a presentation with the staff, including the chef and dietitian. We offer a three-course meal centered around all the aspects of whole life wellness. We offer a balanced meal, diet tips,...
We had a pumpkin carving contest in our cafeteria. We supplied the pumpkins, and staff members were able to take their pumpkins home and then submit their entries. Customers voted on the submissions...
We developed an innovative alternative to a printed monthly menu. Using a QR code, we now offer families a convenient magnet that can be scanned with any smartphone to display the next day’...
We utilized our patio to host a friendly competition between the dining halls. Each of the four dining halls participated with each team consisting of two cooks creating their own recipes for chili...
In a dessert special this fall, our bakeshop made an assortment of whoopie pies filled with different flavors. We created a choose-your-own combo, or the students could create their own combo of...
We have something in the dining halls that we call Table Talk, where students can come and talk to dining staff about questions or comments. We give students $25 in dining dollars for participating...
We partnered with a local mobile farmers’ market that comes on site once a week and brings fresh produce, meats, dairy items, prepared goods and baked goods from local farms and businesses...
After meeting with a vegetarian focus group we marked our standard menu items to make it easier to recognize the menu items that are vegetarian. Things like salad dressings, grilled sandwiches and...
Our healthy eating program, Choose Wisely, was developed to give customers an opportunity to make healthy choices. Each month, we identify one healthy item as a wise choice. If an employee chooses...

Cover story

For the third consecutive year, the editors of FoodService Director have asked readers to share their thoughts, opinions and experiences on a variety of topics. Below we share some of their answers...

Menu Strategies

With the farm-to-table trend sweeping the nation, people care more about where their food comes from today. This includes the bread category; selling only frozen from a vendor is no longer sufficient...

Ingredients

Pork has long been like the ugly stepchild of the protein family, in part because of bans on the use of pig by some religious groups, and in part because of the vestiges of the old fears about...

Under 30

The district had very low participation before Jennifer McFarland, director of food and nutrition services, arrived at Center Grove Community School Corp. in Greenwood, Ind., according to Rose Smith, assistant director of food and nutrition services.
Stacy Haney, general manager cafés/Bobcat Essentials, at Ohio University in Athens, managed a major renovation in the Front Room Coffeehouse. In addition, Haney has overseen the opening of a third campus café while continuing to improve the

Confessions

Brendan Ryan, director of food service for Framingham (Mass.) School District, loves Champagne, wants to visit the dinosaur age and wishes he weren’t “too fat to fly.”

Recipes

The word carnitas, literally means "little meats," and this version features cumin, dark chili powder, garlic, onion and chipotle in adobo pepper...

Five Questions

At Tufts University, in Medford, Mass., dining services is currently working to create a kosher deli concept as part of a c-store, which is set to open next fall. Patti Klos, director of dining,...

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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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Since California’s state motto is “Eureka!” it seems fitting that a recent conversation with the director of hospitality at San Diego’s Palomar Health led to the biggest aha moment I’ve had in a long time.

I called Jim Metzger in late April with the purpose of discussing Palomar’s recent commitment to the goal of making 60% of its total menu plant-based by this summer. It seemed a lofty number, and I was curious how the public health system planned to get there.

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Industry News & Opinion

Labeling foods with indulgent buzzwords such as “sweet sizzlin’” and “crispy” can lead consumers to make healthier food choices , according to a recent study out of Stanford University .

In the fall 2016 study, researchers labeled vegetables in one of the school’s dining halls using terms from four categories: basic, healthy restrictive, healthy positive or indulgent.

The green beans, for example, were listed as “green beans” for basic, “light ‘n’ low-carb green beans and shallots” for healthy restrictive, “healthy energy boosting green beans and shallots” for healthy...

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