FoodService Director | June 2014

The healthy 15: Food provides the base for any successful wellness program. But these 15 operations take their initiatives way beyond food to provide a healthy dining environment.

FSD of the Month

Rich Daehn, corporate director of culinary services for Benedictine Health System (BHS), in Duluth, Minn., is definitely a think-outside-the-box kind of guy. How else would you describe a man who...

Research

Some school districts think biometrics are a key to faster lunch service. But not everyone believes the technology is worth the risks.

Steal this idea

Our nutritionist Tanya Williams created the Bison Mealz! Cookie to offer the nutritional benefits of a full meal when eaten with milk or a milk replacement and a serving of fruit.
If your customers are not embracing new food trends such as healthier foods, then get them involved with projects like cooking demos and food tastings. It really works!
These are anonymous notes that the students write me on napkins and post to bulletin boards in the dining halls, and I respond to them twice a week. The notes run the gamut from “I want a new salad...
We have created a new appetizer for the dining room by using leftover mashed potatoes. We mix the potatoes with green onion, bacon bits and cheddar cheese. We wrap the mixture in spring roll paper,...
Stillings Hall at the University of New Hampshire honored soccer’s World Cup 2014, which was held this month in Brazil, by featuring a dish at a dinner event from each of the 32 nations that...
Turn your medical-model tray service into a hot, fresh service by using serving tables and carts within your neighborhoods or units.
We created a way to help employees remember CCPs (critical control points). The CCPs are typed onto a self-adhesive label, which employees stick to the underside of their name badge.
For a healthy and affordable meal option, we began offering a paleo menu in March. Each meal is served with a protein, two vegetable servings and a bottle of water or iced tea for $7.
In order to better incorporate HACCP, the department has a schedule of each standard operating procedure that needs to be addressed, which are then discussed in a team huddle at each café site.

Cover story

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From farmers’ markets to educational sessions with dietitians and labeling better-for-you options, creating a comprehensive wellness program encompasses a whole host of tactics. This month we...

Menu Strategies

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Three Takes On offers three unique takes on curry this month, including Chicken with Curry Sauce, Mulligatawny Soup and Thai Curry Carrot Soup.
The morning meal is booming, especially in the quick-service restaurant segment. In this special section, the editors of FoodService Director and Restaurant Business look at ways operators are...
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It’s summertime—the perfect opportunity to introduce frozen beverages.
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Tapping staff expertise helps create authentic dishes from our Southern neighbors.

Ingredients

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Whether by requirement or voluntarily, more non-commercial operators than ever are taking measures to lower sodium levels on their menus. Here’s how they’re trying to slash salt without sacrificing...
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With their variety of shapes, colors and tastes, heirloom tomatoes have become highly coveted by non-commercial chefs—when they can get them.
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Heirloom tomatoes are cherished as delectable, old-fashioned and wholesome, but not all growers produce heirlooms from humble seed.

Under 30

Rebecca has made an impact on foodservice by developing and using the state-of-the-art demo kitchen to organize cooking demos for staff and visitors.
Linda has made an impact on foodservice by directing creation of videography and wall graphics for the Pride In Program, which showcases frontline employees as they reach career milestones.

What you need to know

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Four hundred sixty-one colleges and universities across the United States participated in the 14th annual RecycleMania tournament.
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When Homestead Village decided to enlarge its main dining room, it took the opportunity to meld the desires of two cultures.
Washington University in St. Louis added a MyPlate meal option at the start of the spring semester as a simple way to serve a balanced meal and help educate students about proper portion sizes.

Confessions

Rich Daehn, corporate director of culinary services for Benedictine Health System, is an evening person, worries about controlling food costs and wants to write a book.

Recipes

Chef Anthony Young says this dish is always popular with students at UMass, where the average student consumes 21 pounds of fish a year.
Featuring three different colors of heirloom tomatoes, this salsa adds color to any dish and also works well as a side item.
This smoothie recipe adds a kick of energy with its combination of peaches and Chai Tea Latte mix.
This recipe features two different types of meat on a French baguette, making for a flavorful Cuban sandwich.
Featuring flavorful and colorful shrimp, this salad is a healthy option for lunch or dinner. Plus, its combination of veggies and quinoa makes for a colorful dish.
These carnitas are filled with flavor and can be used as burrito filling, salad topping or in sandwiches.
The combo of two different types of fruit and ice makes this recipe simple and sweet.
This Cuban recipe is simple to prepare, filled with various flavors and is great for meat lover.
Featuring various types of berries and orange juice, this sweet smoothie is perfect for any time of the day.
You don’t need to be on a tropical island to feature island-themed dishes. This fish recipe has a hint of coconut and spices, creating a great summer or spring menu item.
This soup recipe is vegan and quite popular at the Pacific School of Religion, according to Chef and Manager Andy Maxon. “It’s one of the few soups we make that runs out every time we make it,” he says. “The reason we use yellow curry paste is that it’s the only vegan one. The red and green pastes...
Derrix Norman, executive chef for the East Commons at Rice, has developed a hit with his own version of etouffee.
Switch up your Taco Tuesday menu choices with these Fusion Fish Tacos with Pacific Rum Tartar Sauce, a versatile sauce with a lively East-West twist.
Click through Snapshots of all the recipes for the June 2014 issue. This month features Latin American dishes, tomatoes and frozen drinks.
Add some variety to your ethnic cuisine with these Cuban empanadas, which are filled with flavor, spices and ground beef.
Featuring chocolate and espresso, this mocha-goodness recipe is a great beverage for breakfast or a re-energizer in the afternoon.
Add some tropical flavor to your life with this simple and sweet Pina Colada recipe.
This signature dish is a favorite at the chef’s station at WakeMed Health & Hospitals.
Due to an overwhelming demand for this dish, Executive Chef and General Manager Jason Brust decided to add it to Parkhurst Dining Services’ weekly menu. “We would have customers order quarts of it to go before we decided to serve it weekly,” Brust says. This dish features unique flavor notes and...
This unique salad provides a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. The dressing also makes for a refreshing finish.
This smoothie recipe allows you to change up the flavor each time, if needed. Featuring Yolato and fruit of your choice, this recipe is great for a build-your-own smoothie option.
This salad is filled with four different types of fruit, two different types of juices and a hint of mint. This salad is great for a refreshing summer or spring menu option.
This smoothie features three different types of fruit, making it a great way to start off the morning.
The combination of mangos and peaches makes this beverage refreshing and flavorful.
This dish was actually created as an entry for the Association for Healthcare Foodservice’s Culinary Competition in Orlando last month.
Northern Kentucky University features this curry dish at its dining location called Abode ~ Home is Where the Heart is. Abode offers a fresh and modern twist on favorite homestyle dishes. The dining staff says students favor this curry recipe because of its presentation and flavor...
This salad is filled with veggies, tomatoes and croutons, creating a perfect balance of crunch.
This three-ingredient smoothie is quick to make and filled with endless fruity flavors.
Bring a little taste of the Caribbean to your operation. Featuring veggies and mashed potatoes, this dish is great for any season.
Typically more of an indulgent dish, this healthy spin on creamy risotto omits butter and heavy cream, “transforming traditional risotto into a healthful accompaniment as a side dish,” according to Executive Chef Cameron Clegg.
As part of our ongoing Signature Series, we asked operators to share their unique seafood recipes, including shrimp, flounder and bass.
Add a little color to your beverage selection with this Pink Breakfast Smoothie.
This recipe couldn’t be simpler. Combine frozen strawberries and ice for a tasty, refreshing beverage.

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When editor Jill Failla and I sat down to discuss ideas for this month’s cover story, data from FoodService Director’s sister company Technomic was the spark that lit the flame of conversation. She told me the most recent Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report had found that consumers are more willing to order and pay more for items they think are both healthy and tasteful. My questions: OK, what does that look like in practice? How does it factor into operators’ decision-making processes? And what the heck do we call that phenomenon?

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Iconic local dishes like Cincinnati chili may not be entirely healthy, but they are incredibly popular. Across the country, K-12 operators are finding ways to add these foods to their lunch menus while still meeting their nutritional requirements. How are they adapting popular recipes and bringing them to schools—and is it worth it?

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Ideas and Innovation
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There’s more than one way to open a wine bottle. When a corkscrew is nowhere to be found, David Brue—chef de cuisine and production manager for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s central production kitchen in Columbus, Ohio—reaches for his butane torch.

“I can never find a corkscrew anywhere, but for some reason, I always have a torch,” Brue says. “Heat the neck of the bottle carefully, and the cork pops right out.”

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