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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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...
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...

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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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.

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Ideas and Innovation
sparkling water

Our carbonated soft drink sales at Earls.67 reflect a national trend; we’re continually down on carbonated soft drink sales by 8% to 9% on an annual basis,” says Cameron Bogue, beverage director at the contemporary-casual chain Earls Kitchen + Bar.

The issue with spa water

Many operators are intrigued with the offering, but they are learning that infused water can’t be offered at a cost to guests unless there is added value beyond cut-up fruit. Bogue says, “I was adamant that I didn’t want to charge for spa water.”

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