FoodService Director | October 2013

Selling Breakfast: How six FSDs do it. Plus, mocktails and meatless Mondays.

FSD of the Month

During a trying time for school foodservice, Jessica Shelly is nothing but excited, especially about the challenges. Shelly is the food services director at Cincinnati Public Schools, which in 1898...

Research

Half of operators are not familiar with stealth health, according to The Big Picture.
Nutritional and healthy eating material is the No. 1 type of information that operators provide in their employee wellness programs, according to The Big Picture.
Twenty-one percent of operators offer incentives to their customers to help them make healthier dining decisions, according to The Big Picture.
Eight out of 10 operators market their healthful menu items, according to The Big Picture.
Forty-two percent of operators purchase the majority of their gluten-free products from an outside vendor, according to The Big Picture.

Operations

The Meatless Mondays campaign celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with a minimum of fanfare. But while the media largely ignored the milestone they certainly haven’t ignored the...

Steal this idea

Our catering staff have found that at buffet events, the majority of people want to try one of everything. 
We don’t allow residents to tip our employees, so the residents started an Employee Appreciation Fund. In Masonic Village, there are three restaurants and three cafés, and the...
Instead of trying to get all your managers together for a meeting, use FaceTime or Skype to be more efficient.
I email foodservice and wellness tips to parents, which include nutrition information. The publications are called “Nutrition Nuggets” and “Teen Food & Fitness,...
We cross-train our staff for patient interactions that fall outside their sphere of influence, such as checking trash, room cleanliness, etc.
All of our dining facilities have a touch screen that allows students to access nutritional information for all menu items. All of our “Healthy Choice” suggestions are prominent...
When we plan a special event, we also add the event to the calendar that’s on the university’s website. We’ve found that local media check that calendar and we&rsquo...
We ask our employees to practice the 5-10 rule. When you are within 10 feet of someone, you smile. 
I’m a vegan so that is something we’ve really been focusing on in our dining halls. You want to start by offering flavorful, well-prepared vegan options. We offer vegan options at...

Cover story

When it comes to promoting the morning meal, creative solutions can be found in large revamps or small strategies. This month FSD talked with six operators to find out what they’ve done to...
The culinary team at Riderwood, a retirement community in Silver Springs, Md., recently earned first place at the 46th annual Maryland Seafood Festival’s Crab Soup Cook-Off. 

Menu Strategies

It’s no surprise that customers are looking for healthier options these days. But when it comes to dessert, a decidedly decadent course, what are your choices? 
Three Takes On offers several different versions of the same classic dish. This month: Stuffing.

Ingredients

When talking turkey, the subject inevitably leads to Thanksgiving. Chefs can’t help but cite the bird’s big day when discussing how they serve turkey. 
At the Carson Long Military Academy, a client of Flik Independent School Dining, in New Bloomfield, Pa., chef manager Joe Wiles has to feed growing boys three meals a day, seven days a week, so he...
Turkeys consume a steady diet of corn and soy meal. The combination of last year’s drought and government mandates for corn crops to be used as ethanol to blend with gasoline have led to...

Design Portfolio

The old 1960’s, two-line cafeteria layout at the University of Connecticut McMahon Dining Hall is now a distant memory. 

Under 30

April Bechel, director of food and nutrition services, Hastings ISD, Minnesota, has created menus that meet the new school meal pattern. She has also applied for and managed the entire USDA Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Grant program.&nb
Jasmine Willams, catering manager, Bank of America (Compass Group), is overseeing an operation that delivers more than $1 million in catering each year to 13 Bank of America buildings in uptown Charlotte. She also is expanding her knowledge by learni

What you need to know

The to-do list was long but the timeline was short for the renovation of Murray State University’s 32-year-old servery, the Thoroughbred Room. 
AVI Foodsystems and Bob Evans have teamed up to create Bob Evans Express, a concept designed for non-commercial locations. 
This month, Color My Tray promotes vegetable consumption, Aramark launches Healthy for Life Program, Western Michigan moves to neighborhoods and more.

Managing your business

This month,  USC rolls out a new mobile ordering app and current Baltimore City Public Schools lunch prices.

Emerging Trends

This month, schools improve nutritional policies, tracking food poisoning through Twitter, cheese pizza most popular for college students and more.

Confessions

Sharon Eliatamby, food services officer for The World Bank in Washington, D.C., loves noodles, wants to learn to dance the tango and wishes she weren’t so much of a workaholic.
Jessica Shelly, food services director at Cincinnati Public Schools, doesn’t get celebrity reality shows, wouldn’t travel back in time if given the option and admires Walt Disney. 

Recipes

Click through a Snapshots of all the recipes for the October 2013 issue. This month features mocktails, signature desserts, turkey recipes and more.
This turkey recipe from Virginia Tech University is filled with endless flavor and color. With fresh vegetables and Gremolata, this recipe is perfect for a chilly day.
Seafood is a healthy addition to any menu. As part of our ongoing Signature Series, we asked operators to share their favorite seafood recipes. Spice up your menus with these creative seafood recipes...
Vinnie Livoti, director of food services, modified this recipe, which some might already consider healthy, to be less salty. 

Health & Wellness

Vegetables, beans and legumes take center stage in better-for-you side dishes.  

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Ideas and Innovation
kale quinoa salad

With all the hype around probiotics, we decided to create a daily dish that incorporates probiotics in addition to prebiotics. You rarely hear about prebiotics, and this was a great way to highlight how the two work synergistically to maintain a healthy gut. Our chefs have developed menu items such as roasted salmon with yogurt and mint vinaigrette; kale and quinoa salad with warm maple dressing; and leek soup with pickled cucumbers, to name a few.

Ideas and Innovation
packaged meals

While the multiple-choice questions on FoodService Director’s annual census surveys are a great way of gathering data on trends, I’ve always been rather partial to the open-ended queries. We can’t possibly think up every answer operators might have to a particular question, and it gives respondents a chance to show some personality as well. (A special nod to one cheeky operator’s not-quite-safe-for-work response to how they’re tackling shortened lunch periods—you made my day.)

So this year, for the first time since I’ve been at FoodService Director, I chose to include a very open-...

Menu Development
ramen bowl spoon chopsticks

Asian noodle soups are a popular lunch option at YouTube’s San Bruno, Calif., campus, says Trent Page, the GM at Bon Appetit Management who runs the company’s three corporate dining venues. But Page noticed an increasing preference for customizable dishes and vegan preparations among the 1,000 customers he feeds daily. Inspired by a recent visit to Japan, he introduced tsukemen to the menu—a dish that features most of the traditional ramen ingredients (noodles, eggs and vegetable garnishes) served separately so diners can mix and match. “Separating the components makes it more customizable...

Ideas and Innovation
chicken dinner

For the last three years, we’ve hosted an event called Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner. We sponsor the local chapter of Future Farmers of America to raise the chickens, and we have to arrange all the transporting from farms to the distributor, which keeps the birds in a freezer until we’re ready. We build hype by having students vote on the proprietary spice blend they would like on the chicken. It helps the nutrition team get involved in the educational process and showcase local food purchasing.

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