FoodService Director | May 2012

Non-commercial operators are making great strides to green their programs. This month FSD takes a look at the various ways directors are implementing environmentally friendly practices, from local purchasing and banning bottled beverages to planting garde

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Steve Bell, chief operating officer for 85,000-student Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado, describes Linda Stoll, executive director of foodservice, as irreplaceable. “If I lost her, I don...

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We purchase different produce that the students have never seen before and hold a farmers’ market. We provide a nutritional lesson about the items, and each student is given tickets so that...
We have residents who have suffered a life change such as stroke or heart attack, or men who are without their wives for the first time. We offer one-on-one consultation with a dietetic intern so...
We sponsor teams of chefs to compete within a student dining room. Chefs are given a market basket and have one hour to prepare food. We have a student panel to judge the chefs and determine a winner...
I was struggling with convincing middle school students to take fruit and veggies as part of a reimbursable lunch. We had many options, but the fruit and veggies were before the main entré...
We added additional selections of grains at several stations in the café. Buckwheat and wheat berries are very popular no matter if featured in salads, entrées or soups. The...
People love desserts, so in an attempt to help guests who want a sweet ending to their meal we now cut our desserts into bite-sized portions. That way they can have the treat and not feel guilty...
Our Red Hot Chef program invites faculty and administrators to prepare one of their favorite dishes, which is served to the entire school as the Red Hot Chef meal. The guest “chefs&...
We have created a service standard that says each full-time employee needs to have customer service contact on a personal level. For example, the baker spends time during lunch service plating...
As a new facility we aren’t hampered by long-standing events, so we’ve created new ones. One of the events we do five or six times a year is a Lunch and Learn with our chef. He...
Students have always loved making their own waffles. So when we wanted more grab and go in our c-stores we decided to let students grill their own panini sandwiches. The sandwiches are premade and...
For National Nutrition Month we had a mobility theme. On our dessert bar we posted how many steps the customer would have to walk to burn off that dessert. We tried to equate steps with calories.

Menu Strategies

With summer just around the corner, foodservice operators are updating menus by adding cold or lighter main courses in the form of entrée salads to their warm-weather menus.

Ingredients

Crucifer may rhyme with Lucifer, but there’s nothing devilish about the huge family of vegetables that includes cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. In fact, some research indicates...

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Katie Davis, catering director for Aramark at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., has increased the yearly revenue of the catering department by more than 17% over the previous year thanks to her constant focus on operational excellenc
In addition to being an overall great guy, Brian West, assistant director of culinary and nutrition services at Rockynol Retirement Community, in Akron, Ohio, holds all employees accountable for their actions and deadlines, according to Brian Lippiatt, di

Confessions

Salvatore Cantalupo, corporate chef for Stamford, Conn.-based Corporate Image Dining Services, dreams of seeing all of Italy, loves Chimay beer and doesn’t understand Atkins.

Recipes

Retail Experience

Miami University and the University of California, Riverside, launch mobile feeding units.

Going Green

As part of the University of California system, the UCSF Medical Center is working to achieve the system’s goal of having 20% of all purchases made from sustainable sources by 2020. In...
David Riddle, executive director for University Dining at Texas A&M University, in College Station, was in the right place at the right time when he was working at his prior job at the...
Community support has been instrumental in getting a sustainability program implemented at Salisbury School, a 300-student boarding school for high school boys in Connecticut. When the foodservice...
At Montana State University, in Bozeman, dining services’ local purchasing program, called Montana Made, now purchases 23% of its products locally. Anna Diffenderfer, Montana Made program...
This month FSD takes a look at how operators are employing sustainability initiatives. From bottled water bans and bus farms to turning food scraps into fuel, non-commercial directors are taking a...
In February Bon Appétit Management Co. announced the rollout of a comprehensive animal welfare policy to all of its more than 400 cafés nationwide. The new policy includes...
After implementing a Meatless Monday program, Sodexo saw that customers were purchasing more vegetables, according to a new report by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. In...
San Diego Unified School District is taking the classic school icon—a yellow bus—and transforming it into a mobile farm. The project is modeled after the Truck Farm, a traveling...
Food waste studies have become something of a norm at many college and universities, but Carla Iansiti, MSU Culinary Services sustainability officer at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, was...

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Hutchinson Middle School in Hutchinson, Minn., invited students to help serve lunch in an effort to encourage their peers to try new, healthy recipes, Hutchinson Leader reports.

The students, who are part of the school’s Students in Action Club, created posters to advertise the new meal and helped serve it to students during lunch.

The school’s kitchen manager, Janet Schmidt, said that around 37 more students than normal got in line to try the meal. The school plans to have students from the club help serve lunch once every month.

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In an effort to trim costs, the country’s largest senior living company laid off 100 staff members, including regional dining services directors, reports Senior Housing News .

Not all employees who were laid off will technically leave the company, Senior Housing News notes, as some will be reassigned to alternative positions. Brookdale recently posted third-quarter earnings that fell short of analysts’ expectations and that the company’s CEO called disappointing.

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After receiving mixed feedback from parents, Randolph County School District in Asheboro, N.C., is inviting parents to tour the district’s kitchens and cafeterias to see how the food for school meals is made, Fox 8 reports.

School officials say that the tours, part of the district’s first Food Day for Parents, will give parents an inside look at the upkeep of the facilities, as well as enable them to sample some food and see how the district is upholding USDA guidelines.

Officials also hope that the tours will provide them with more guidance on what parents and students are...

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After fielding complaints from parents and students, Sodexo is launching an initiative to improve dining services at Emerson College in Boston, the Berkeley Beacon reports.

The initiative will kick off this month with an event dubbed Fresh Start, marking the start of several moves aimed at improving service—including the hiring of a new executive chef, the addition of a second sous chef, and retraining current staff on food preparation and presentation.

Members of the Emerson community will also be able to share feedback through the introduction of monthly forums, as well...

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