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...

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Research

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.

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...

Menu Strategies

Ingredients

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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

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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...

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...

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

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

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