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 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...
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...

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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George Washington University in Washington, D.C., is adding an additional $200 in dining dollars to each student's dining plan this fall, The GW Hatchet reports.

The boost comes just a year after the university switched to an open-format dining plan that allows students to spend their entire meal fund off campus; allowed venues include about 90 grocery stores and restaurants.

While students support the new plan, they are concerned about dining affordability. In conjunction with discounted meal deals that were implemented last semester, school officials hope the extra $200...

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Biometric payment technologies such as finger and palm scanning are slowly emerging in foodservice operations, including the University of Maryland’s transition last fall. But the future may be leaning toward a more hands-off approach.

George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., was looking to speed up its meal-swiping process alongside a new unlimited dining plan. Iris cameras , which take a photograph of an eye that is converted into data that cannot revert back to a photograph, won out.

Danny Anthes, senior manager of information technology, says two factors stood out in...

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This March, past FSD of the Month Randy Lait and his team gave the FoodService Director staff a tour of the operations at North Carolina State University. During our visit, Randy shared how data is affecting their menu creation and menu mix. At the university, they’re encouraging chefs to use big data—and not just gut feelings—to inform menu decisions.

Every foodservice operator wants to offer more contemporary items in order to please their customer base and keep chefs challenged and engaged. Many chefs make those decisions based on their own tastes, or what’s exciting them at the...

Ideas and Innovation
french press

While a French press isn’t a tool found in most noncommercial kitchens, operators might want to think twice about multiple uses for this fancy coffee maker. Staff at the Hard Rock Cafe are using the French press to muddle fruit and alcohol for their mixed drinks, while at Chicago bar Moneygun, bartenders use a French press to blend spices and tea for hot toddys.

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