FoodService Director | July 2013

The Big Idea: For the third year, we present 10 big ideas to provide inspiration for your operation.

FSD of the Month

When the foodservice program at a 25,000-student university in a suburb of Atlanta bests the behemoth that is the Walt Disney World Resort, its director demands to be noticed. Under Gary Coltek,...

Research

Hospital operators say they aren't sure about the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on their operations. We explore that and more in our 2013 Hospital Census...
The No. 1 challenge when planning and executing a renovation is finding the money to do so, according to The Big Picture.

Operations

Taste the Trends, sponsored by Basic American Foods during the NRA Show, took operators to five new eateries: Belly Q, Baume & Brix, Tortoise Club, La Sirena Clandestina and Little Goat Diner...

Steal this idea

We do a Behind the Lunch Counter tour for parents. We invite them to go behind the scenes, to help take the mystery out of what happens behind the counter to create their students’ meals.
We invited chefs/restaurateurs to serve one of their signature items in our dining halls all in one night. 
Everyone is talking about how hospital foodservice operations will be affected by the Affordable Care Act, but no one is talking about how LTC facilities will be involved. 
We noticed our students were grazers. When I would go through the service lines and look at our fish, I noticed that students would cut our portions of fish in half and no one would take the cut...
We work hard on improving our customer service to our residents. We have a question of the day that the diet aides can ask the residents. This encourages more interaction with the residents and they...
Our dairy produces 1% chocolate milk and we serve it in our retail units and our dining halls. 
We added prepackaged hot breakfast sandwiches. This added 150 more transactions per day in our retail outlets. 
Leverage the strength of other dining services’ operations by creating a dining event around them. Invite chefs from other locations into your facility to prepare their operations'...
Everyone needs to evaluate new products to bring in or add to their facility. Let those companies earn their spot not just on value but also on resident approval. 

Cover story

We built an app for our program. We did a survey of our parents and 87% wanted information either on the computer or on the phone. We were printing menus and spending a lot of money on these colorful...
We have a trayless system. In a nursing system you normally do trays and then you send them out on trucks and the nurses pass them out. With the economy the way it is, I was looking to find a...
As a team we decided we wanted a way to pull our residents into dining, to show them what really happens in the kitchen. We wanted them to become part of the process more and to see exactly what goes...

Menu Strategies

For operators looking to add something nutritious, portable and trendy to their menus, consider drinkable desserts. Whether you go seasonal with fresh fruit smoothies, ethnic with agua frescas or...
Three Takes On offers several different versions of the same classic dish. This month: Barbecue.
In the food industry, there are always buzzwords. Organic. Factory farming. Superfoods. And these days, gluten free. Though a gluten-free diet is a medical treatment for celiac disease, more people...

Ingredients

The U.S. apple industry is being active in labor reform—a touchy topic, and one that decides whether many farmers can continue to grow apples. The U.S. Apple Association is lobbying for...
“Apples are a nutritious, whole food that adds texture, color, and sweet or tart flavors to dishes. As far as varieties, the options are endless during apple season here in the Northeast. I...

Design Portfolio

Food trucks are becoming almost ubiquitous on college campuses. Each year more universities get in on this new revenue stream, and some campuses with trucks are adding another to the mix. The designs...

Under 30

Timothy Gee, executive chef at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., is spending his time and energy to build a team of culinarians to produce great quality food.
Christopher Dunham, sustainability coordinator for University Dining at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., is the driving force at the NC State sustainability program which promotes local purchasing by showcasing NC State connections. &nbsp

What you need to know

Nearly 40 years after the main cafeteria at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester, N.Y., opened, it received its first makeover. But it was a big one. The hospital spent nearly $6 million to create...
The Valley Hospital, in Ridgewood, N.J., has a potentially sweet approach to using locally produced foods. The hospital has installed two colonies of bees on the roof of the healthcare system&...
Talk about local beef! At the University of Kentucky (UK), in Lexington, dining services recently partnered with the university’s department of agriculture to open a full-scale, USDA-...

Managing your business

Since planting the rooftop garden at the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, five years ago, Janna Traver, executive chef, says it’s kind of been a hidden gem on campus...

Emerging Trends

Confessions

Deanne Carlisle, director of foodservices for the VA Medical Center in Portland, Ore., loves family reunion meals and doesn’t understand the fuss over gourmet coffee.
Gary Coltek loves Mario Batali, thinks food trucks are overrated and fears cooks that don't use thermometers. 

Recipes

Cook the perfect chicken with this recipe from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
A couple of years ago a campus initiative was started at Penn State University, in University Park, to promote healthier eating within residential dining halls. That initiative prompted Corporate Executive Chef of Culinary Support Services Bill Laychur an
The sheer number of creative combinations that can be put on a pizza are staggering. But what makes a pizza really stand out among the classics? As part of our ongoing Signature Series, FSD spoke to...
Barbecue is very popular at DoMundo’s, a churrascaria restaurant on the campus of this 33,000-student university
Click through a Snapshots of all the recipes for the July 2013 issue.

Health & Wellness

A simple request from a prospective resident has led to Grandview Terrace, a senior living center in Sun City, Ariz., to become the first CCRC in the state to be certified gluten-free by the National...
The vegan/vegetarian community grew and the interest for a vegetarian and vegan concept became great. It got to the point where now there is a strong interest both from the students and campus...
The average American eats more than twice the recommended limit of six to nine teaspoons per day of added sugar. Here’s how non-commercial operators are helping their diners cut down on...

Going Green

We launched a program in our C&U and corporate accounts called Stem to Root. Stem to Root dishes make use of all the edible, healthy parts of local, seasonal produce such as stalks, peels,...
We began exploring Green Restaurant Certification for our school accounts in 2004. It started because of a conversation with one of our clients, who said, “Besides athletics, you are the...
We had an opportunity with building a new facility to explore some new options. We were brainstorming ideas and the closed oil system was one of the things Jim had mentioned. He had seen the system...
We installed a closed-loop aquaponics food production system in our residential dining hall, the Food Zoo. This is an extension of our larger campus food production program and is a way to grow...

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The Henry P. Kendall Foundation, a philanthropic group that aims to create a more sustainable food system in New England, has announced its creation of the New England Food Vision Prize .

The foundation is inviting foodservice leaders from colleges and universities throughout New England to submit their ideas on how to create a stronger food system that will help the region produce at least half of its own food by 2060.

Qualifying ideas must be collaborative and replicable, among other requirements. The foundation hopes that by reaching out to large food purchasers, like...

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Central Point School District in Central Point, Ore., is sprucing up its lunch program by adding more locally produced foods and scratch-made dishes, KDRV reports.

A nutritionist and chef from the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council trained school staff on 15 new recipes with the goal of upgrading the school lunch menu.

The ongoing project has been successfully implemented in other Oregon school districts over the last eight years. The trainings focus on Oregon State University Extension Food Hero recipes that meet USDA nutrition standards and incorporate locally sourced...

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Carson City School District in Carson City, Nev., hosted its Breakfast with a Hero event this week, Carson Now reports.

Held at an elementary school, the event invited local law enforcement to serve breakfast and eat with students. Officials say the event was intended to help students connect and engage with local officers in a casual setting.

Read the full story via carsonnow.org .

Photo by Dan Davis at Carson City School District

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