FoodService Director | November 2013

Delivery takes off, beans take on the center of the plate, morning meals and more.

FSD of the Month

As a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Cedric Junearick was most comfortable in the kitchen, preparing meals and planning menus. So in 2011, when the director’s position came...

Research

Culture change, food trends and meal plans also covered in this year's census...

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We listened to the complaints of our night employees by adding additional menu items, including breakfast items and healthier choices, and we added a third employee to that shift. 
We hold a “power hour” in our cafeteria in the afternoon, where we offer coffee for 35 cents. 
A Vegan Corner exists in every residential dining facility to satisfy this portion of our student customer base. The Vegan Corner choices adjust by semester, according to student requests. 
Every year during take your children to work day, we host a healthy cooking demonstration. The kids are actually helping to make the dish. 
When we recognize employees, we do so with handwritten cards rather than emails. We also gave all the staff a branded fleece pullover, which went over very well. 
My wife and I have been having our staff leadership over to our home for a holiday gathering, about a week or two before Christmas. Between 40 and 50 people come to our home. 
We recently collaborated with several people in Carilion Clinic and Roanoke Public School System to develop a Food is Art Gallery. The gallery is located just outside our Mountain View Caf&eacute...
We did a team-building activity I called shoe “shopping.” We each described what type of shoes we like and why. 
We started producing our own lip balm from the beeswax that we harvest on campus (we recently installed two beehives). We sell the lip balm in our gift shop.

Cover story

Imagine if you could add a new revenue stream with minimal investment and boost customer satisfaction. It’s not too good to be true—meal delivery programs are providing operators...

Menu Strategies

Individual desserts have been gaining in popularity, beloved for portion control, personalization and presentation. 
You know what they say: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But American breakfasts, while tasty, are often high in carbohydrates and fat. 
Three Takes On offers several different versions of the same classic dish. This month: Meatloaf.

Ingredients

Beans are a popular export for American farmers. Chris Capaul, a grower of baby lima beans in California, thinks it’s partly due to household economics. 
A longtime side dish staple, beans are getting the spotlight treatment as operators look to satisfy customer requests for healthier and meatless options.

Design Portfolio

The 25-year-old Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University finally received its first permanent, full-service dining facility this fall when On The Oval Culinary Creations opened. 

Under 30

Chris Szymanski, Chef/Manager, Illinois Street Residence Hall, University of Illinois Dining Services is developing the Catering Family Style Concept, including menus, recipes, presentation and delivery methodology, that was presented at the Inn
Ashley Basque, R.D., clinical dietitian, York Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Philadelphia, is the only dietitian on staff for a 240-bed facility, never gets behind in her work and always finds time to assist others in any area she can.  

What you need to know

Sodexo’s Brand Management division is bringing celebrity chefs to its clients through a new promotional series called In My Kitchen. 
Bon Appétit Management Co. has partnered with a group of local artisans to create a program that may have legs beyond the Marin County, Calif., area in which it currently operates. &...
When you set out to create the healthiest and most sustainable dining hall in the nation, you’d better do your best to deliver.
This month: all-beef burgers are booted in Fairfax schools, guacamole and chips are a hit at Northwestern University, Metz's Live Well program adds whole grains into its concept and more.

Managing your business

When the State Board of Regents approved the University of Georgia’s Athens location for a new Health Sciences campus, the food services department was faced with a challenge: how to create...
This month, Grand River Hospital, in Kitchener, Ontario, shuts down its cafeteria, which will be replaced by a Subway and a larger Tim Hortons and celeb chefs highlight USC culinary...

Emerging Trends

This month: 524 schools that have dropped out of the National School Lunch Program, opportunist eaters, the cost of children's food allergies in the United States and more.

Confessions

Cedric Junearick, director of food and nutrition at Huntsville Hospital, in Alabama, loves barbecue, admires his mother and stepfather and wishes he could foretell the future.
Virginia Ohanian, director of culinary and nutrition services at St. Andrews Estates, in Boca Raton, Fla., admires her mother, drinks “a ton” of skim milk and wishes she could be a barefoot water skier.

Recipes

Click through a Snapshots of all the recipes for the November 2013 issue. This month features beans, desserts in a shell and global breakfast.
Replace your taco bar with these breakfast stuffed peppers. Filled with sausage, egg and cheese, this twist on stuffed peppers is a great way to switch up your weekly specials.
Whether you're from Texas, Kansas, Memphis or North Carolina, barbecue is a big customer draw, especially when served carved to order, like it's done at DD's BBQ at Dell's...
Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., revamps the classic loaded potato with a healthy loaded sweet potato.

Health & Wellness

Sugar, butter and white flour are the core ingredients for most baked goods. In an effort to make breads, muffins and pastries healthier, non-commercial operators are swapping in better-for-you...

Going Green

Sometime early in 2014 the rules governing the first major overhaul of U.S. food safety regulations in more than 70 years, known as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will take effect. 

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Industry News & Opinion

The Virginia Department of Health said it has traced a “cluster” of hepatitis A cases to frozen Egyptian strawberries used by Virginia units of a smoothie chain.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe voluntarily trashed the strawberries and switched to supplies from a different source immediately after being notified of the connection, the health department said in a statement issued Friday.

The department noted that it had traced earlier outbreaks of hepatitis A to strawberries imported from Egypt. But it warned that supplies may still be in the freezers of other foodservice operations...

Managing Your Business
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Foodservice directors spend a lot of time taking care of other people, whether it’s K-12 students who aren’t always eating enough at home, malnourished patients back for return visits or employees squabbling among themselves. That kind of pressure can weigh heavily—and come home from work. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America finds that 83% of men and 72% of women say stress at work carries over into their personal lives, and 50% call staff management their main culprit for workplace stress.

“Stress is very difficult in our world, and work-life balance is very much a...

Industry News & Opinion

Students at an Arkansas high school may have to take creative measures to get a meal, thanks to a school policy that prevents parents from dropping off lunches left at home.

The Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Ark., last week posted a picture on Facebook of a sign that reads, “Stop. If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please turn around and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.”

While social media opinions on the school’s rule were mixed, some commenters expressed concern that...

Industry News & Opinion

Novato Unified School District in Novato, Calif., has created a new vegetarian grab-and-go item as part of the district’s Meatless Monday initiative, marinij.com reports .

The Fiesta Rice and Bean Shaker, which is served in disposable cups, contains rice, corn, black beans, taco seasoning, corn tortilla chips and romaine lettuce topped with an optional salsa and ranch dressing. It’s also customizable, as students are able to select which ingredients they’d like to include.

The vegetarian shaker is made using produce from a nearby organic garden. Sofie Garcia, an employee in...

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