FoodService Director | March 2011

Mobile Meals: FSD talked with five non-commercial operators to find out about their food trucks and other mobile meal options.

FSD of the Month

For some people, an expansion project can be a daunting task. But for Lisette Coston, director of nutrition and food service at the 912-bed Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa, Okla., it’s...

Research

When it comes to “hot” cuisines, Thai is still “the one,” according to respondents in our 2011 Menu Survey. But Thai’s got competition from two other cultures, and some interesting cuisines were mentioned by operators.

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Our district works in partnership with our county health department’s nutrition services. We have been able to provide the opportunity for students to go to the grocery store so they can...
To showcase blueberries as a fruit that is high in antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber, we held a Blueberry Blizzard event. We created blueberry baked goods, blueberry salads at lunch, and rosemary...
People ask us all the time how they can help with the program. They always want to give us recipes, but that doesn’t really work for us. So we tell them they can donate money for a salad...
We hosted a student art exhibit and tour of our warehouse facilities. The art represents each student’s vision of wellness, and the original artwork will be displayed permanently in the...
We held a Flavors of Africa dinner that was inspired by an event where a book inspired menu items. We served items such as Melkha (Algerian pastry stuffed with eggplant, feta cheese, black olives,...
We market our school breakfast program with magnets in buses. We ask the bus drivers to put the magnets in the front of the bus so that the students can see them all the way to school and all the way...
We had a mobile app for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch created. The app is nutrition based and shows the nutritional content, food allergens, and vegan and vegetarian options at all our dining venues. We...
We held a Mindless Eating workshop alongside Healthy UNH on campus, an initiative to help our community be healthier. Once we planned the workshop, we actually presented the same program three...
We started a 2-4-6-Ate! parent meal tray program. A lot of parents don’t want to leave their kids to eat. We’ve always had a parent tray program, but a lot of parents were asking...
We held a Polynesian Pig Pickin' event. House-smoked whole-hog barbecue and traditional poi were the stars of the show. When students arrived, they were greeted by a Polynesian princess and...
We wanted to make sure that all the meals were made consistently across the district, so we made a book that has a photo and preparation instructions for every meal. This way the workers know exactly...
We held a Keep On Truckin’ event. Not only did we do regional foods but also foods from truck stops, diners and famous highway routes across America from earlier time periods. We also were...

Confessions

Cam Schauf, director of Campus Dining Services and Auxiliary Operations at 9,400-student University of Rochester in N.Y., gave grasshoppers a try, fears Bud Light and hates that he procrastinates.

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Industry News & Opinion

The menu served at Ottawa General Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, is headed for an overhaul after its CEO and management team ate a strict hospital food diet for a week and were unhappy with their options. The foodservice department has been fielding patient complaints for years, but decided to take action after facing the issue head on.

“Getting food managers to eat three meals of hospital food a day for a week brought the point home that much of the food being served was bland, institutional and not what people would normally eat,” Director of Food Services Kevin Peters told Ottawa...

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Menu Development
frozen raspberries

“As a chef, I pretty much have grown up through the business thinking that fresh was always better—produce, fish and meats, especially,” says Ryan Conklin, executive chef for UNC Rex Healthcare’s culinary and nutrition services. “But the more ‘re-educated’ I get, the more I’m learning that some frozen options may be more appropriate for me to be using on my menus.”

Right now, the perception of frozen foods doesn’t match the reality, especially for high-volume foodservice operators, says Conklin. Often, chefs and operators picture not-great product that’s been sitting in a block of...

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It’s easy to fall into the latest craze to capture consumer attention and drive sales. But we’ve learned it’s not always about novelty. Instilling a feeling of nostalgia and familiarity by using well-known and well-loved ingredients in new, experimental dishes can lead to an increase in adventurous dining decisions, while staying in your customers’...

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