FoodService Director | November 2011

Snacking Solutions: FSD examined a number of operations, including vending, to see what is working when it comes to snacking.

We offer a birthday meal for all residents in our long-term care facility. The menu is different from our regular menu, and the meal comes with non-alcoholic champagne. We also offer a program where...

FSD of the Month

Billy Reid, director of child nutrition services at 2,800-student Salida Union School District in California, had a few other careers before child nutrition. Emigrating from Ireland at 15, Reid...

Research

Grab-and-go is an increasingly popular foodservice option in many foodservice sectors as customers seek more convenience to ease their busy lifestyles. This month, along with our 2010 Portability Study, we present the stories of six operators who for different reasons are seeing growth in their take-away business.
The percentage of operators who see buying local, sustainable and/or organic products as a way to help the environment continues to grow, according to the results of our third Environmental Survey.

Steal this idea

Every Thursday we do a build-your-own-bowl special for takeout. We rotate four cuisines— Caribbean, Southern, Italian and Asian noodles—for $5.45. We sell 300 to 400 a day, and it...
We opened The Spoon, which is an area in our dining hall that is dedicated to cereal. Students choose a size, the cereals (from 18 hot and cold varieties), toppings (15 varieties) and milk (choose...
We had our second annual Chili Cook Off. Our residents and staff participated and took a blind vote on the best chili. We posted the winner and he/she received a $25 gift card. Last year’s...
We designed a menu inspired by Hogwarts’ end of term feast, with items such as pumpkin juice and prime rib. We held the event in our Great Hall and sorted the students into houses. We...
We offered a macaroni and cheese bar for a day in our main dining hall. We offered Buffalo chicken mac and cheese, BLT mac and cheese, and a Cajun shrimp mac and cheese. We also offered 15 toppings...
We are always looking for ways to engage our residents. We don’t want them to think that dining services is just when they eat. We started Cooking With Drew, where I show residents how to...
We have made it easier for students to keep track of what they eat on campus. We have entered all our food items on campus into MyFitnessPal.com. This is a great website that makes it easy to record...
Managers nominate their employees for a monthly award. We take the winner’s picture, place it on a plaque and present the employee with a balloon bouquet. The plaque is displayed in the...
Residential Life saw a need for a quiet place for students to study in a specific area of campus. We used a new, large space at College Hall to hold The Study Nights at College Hall, or S.N.A.T.C.H...
We offer room service for students who live on campus. Students call into a Resident Dining Facility and place an order. They can pay with meal points or a meal exchange. The food is delivered to the...
We created Dining Dollars, which can be purchased by hospital directors to give to their staff members who exemplify extraordinary customer service. The Dining Dollars are redeemable at our Dining...

Cover story

There is no doubt that snacking is on the rise. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, during the last 30 years, the number of snacks consumed by the average American has doubled. As...

Menu Strategies

Ingredients

Whole-wheat varieties of pasta are allowing operators to menu the grain as a healthy option. Today’s pasta dishes are more flavorful, stylish and healthful than ever before, according to...

Under 30

During his student days with Penn State, Brandon Hendricks rose through the ranks of virtually every student leadership role available, says Michele Newhard, Ph.D., special programs training coordinator at Penn State University. By the time of his graduat
Whitney Ellersick is the go-to person for her coworkers for advice and guidance on all aspects of the jobs in school operation, says Gitta Grether-Sweeney, director of nutrition services at Portland Public Schools. Whitney manages day-to-day operations at

Confessions

Nona Golledge, director of KU Dining at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, and current NACUFS president, fears drowning, loves homemade spinach lasagna and wishes she could stop worrying.

Recipes

This dish features creamy eggs Benedict finding a new home on pizza, and is topped with a spicy version of hollandaise sauce.

Five Questions

The 5,300-student Mt. Lebanon School District, located just outside Pittsburgh, is a walking school district with no school busses and, until two years ago, no school lunch program for the elementary...

Retail Experience

A bold take on the classic grilled cheese sandwich is paying big dividends for the dining service program at Northern Michigan University.

Health & Wellness

This summer, the Windows Restaurant at Oak Crest retirement community began menuing meatless offerings in order to give residents healthier options. The trick, according to Paul O’Callaghan...
Education is key to both the employee and student wellness programs at 32,300-student West Virginia University.
Wellness has been a primary concern for Hearst Tower since the building opened in 2006. When the building first opened Hearst brought together the team from Restaurant Associates, which manages Caf...

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Industry News & Opinion

Compass has partnered with Jose Andres ’ ThinkFoodGroup, allowing the chef and foodservice vendor to collaborate at such venues as stadiums and college campuses.

“With this partnership, we have the opportunity to tell stories and connect with people through food on an entirely new level,” Andres said in a release.

The three-year team-up comes shortly after Andres opened a ThinkFoodLab pop-up in Washington, D.C., which will serve as a recipe R&D space for his restaurant group.

ThinkFoodGroup was this year named a Power 20 multiconcept operator by Restaurant...

Managing Your Business
dancing fruit happy

When editor Jill Failla and I sat down to discuss ideas for this month’s cover story, data from FoodService Director’s sister company Technomic was the spark that lit the flame of conversation. She told me the most recent Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report had found that consumers are more willing to order and pay more for items they think are both healthy and tasteful. My questions: OK, what does that look like in practice? How does it factor into operators’ decision-making processes? And what the heck do we call that phenomenon?

After tossing around some ideas, we had it: the...

Menu Development
chili spaghetti

Iconic local dishes like Cincinnati chili may not be entirely healthy, but they are incredibly popular. Across the country, K-12 operators are finding ways to add these foods to their lunch menus while still meeting their nutritional requirements. How are they adapting popular recipes and bringing them to schools—and is it worth it?

Cincinnati chili has been a staple of Mason City Schools lunches for as long as anyone can remember. Located just outside of Cincinnati, the school system serves its chili in two traditional ways: covering a pile of spaghetti, or atop a cheese Coney dog...

Ideas and Innovation
torch flame

There’s more than one way to open a wine bottle. When a corkscrew is nowhere to be found, David Brue—chef de cuisine and production manager for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s central production kitchen in Columbus, Ohio—reaches for his butane torch.

“I can never find a corkscrew anywhere, but for some reason, I always have a torch,” Brue says. “Heat the neck of the bottle carefully, and the cork pops right out.”

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