FoodService Director | March 2012

For the first time in 15 years, the USDA has made significant changes to the types of foods school directors can and can't serve. Operators say menu planning to fit the new regulations is a bit like fitting together the pieces of a complex puzzle.

When it comes to cheese, it seems many chefs never tire of dreaming up new recipes. Some even say they now find success with cheese substitutes that fill growing requests from vegans and lactose-...

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"Forward-thinking" is how people describe Cheryl Shimmin, network director of nutrition services for Kettering Health Network in Dayton, Ohio. That mindset is an asset in this...

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We offer a mid-afternoon break of housemade lemonade with flavor shots. Customers are able to customize their lemonade with strawberry purée, ginger or mint simple syrups. We also offer...
The Taste of Nations monthly event features our international students presenting pictures, maps, video, music, dress, dance and other information about their home. Authentic foods from their country...
We hide puréed kidney beans in our tacos. As the year progresses, the purée gets chunkier until the students can recognize the kidney beans. At first you disguise the beans and...
We have an annual vegetarian harvest dinner at the Faculty House for The Faculty Club, the body of members entitled to participate in the Club’s activities and to use the facility. The menu...
Our residents were asking questions about ingredients we used so we started a Taste Sensations event. The chef selects a topic—oil, cheese, tomatoes—and tells the residents...
We offered cooking classes based on making 20-minute meals to all Cisco employees. The last class booked up within 15 minutes. The classes are led by our chefs de cuisine and our sous chef and have...
Our director of schools wants to build the community’s reading skills, so every elementary school picks a book and all the students read that book each day for a set amount of time. Some of...
We have a volunteer who makes rounds in the entire facility three days a week, providing each veteran with a snack of choice, a newspaper and a smile with conversation. The volunteer, Mr. Branch, is...
We have eight convenience stores that sell a large range of breakfast foods, snacks, beverages, frozen meals and candy. C-store tours are another way to increase awareness of healthy eating on the...
We hosted an eight-course farm-to-table coffee-themed dinner in partnership with a local roaster. The menu incorporated a specialty coffee into each recipe, such as mushroom and hazelnut stuffed...
Every quarter each school invites a “celebrity”—a school administrator, police officer, firefighter, high school athlete, restaurant chef or a high-profile community...
We had a surf and turf meal for Valentine’s Day, marketing it as “a match made in heaven.” We offered locally raised beef tenderloin with slippery lobster tail and sweet...

Menu Strategies

A“food superstore” similar to New York City’s over-the-top Eataly is scheduled to open at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., says Ken Toong executive...

Under 30

Sarah Wilson, foodservice technician, first joined the Irving (Texas) Independent School District nutrition department during her senior year in high school as a paid intern, says Michael Rosenberger, director of food & nutrition services. Wilson exce

Confessions

Joie Schoonover, director of Dining and Culinary Services at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, wants to travel to the 1950s, dreams of Europe and doesn’t understand fried foods on sticks.

Recipes

Health & Wellness

The Dining Services department at North Carolina State University is continually coming up with new ways to help students on the meal plan eat more healthfully. Among the latest ventures are QR codes...
school lunch
In January the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the final meal pattern regulations for school meals, as mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Kevin Concannon, USDA under secretary for...
As more college students are diagnosed with nutrition-related health problems, university foodservice programs increasingly are turning to other departments to help provide necessary guidance. One...

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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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With overtime pay likely to become a reality for some salaried foodservice employees after Dec. 1, operators are rethinking what they expect managers to do off-site as part of their responsibilities. Answering email or scheduling shifts at home didn’t matter when the employees were exempted from overtime if they earned more than $23,660 per year. But with that threshold more than doubling on Dec. 1 to $47,476, a half hour spent here and there on administrative tasks could push a salaried manager over the 40-hours-per-week threshold and entitle him or her to overtime. And how does the...

Menu Development
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“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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