Becky Schilling

Becky Schilling, FoodService Director
Becky Schilling
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


Sodium was top of mind at the School Nutrition Association’s SNIC conference last week.

It’s January, the time for resolutions. I won’t bore you with mine—mostly because I haven’t made any. But I do want to share with you what’s new with FoodService Director.

Before you ring in the New Year, take a look back at the stories that caught our readers' attention in the past year. Here are our most popular stories of 2013, as determined by readers.

One school district has found a way to make green by going green.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported an increase in food poisoning cases in 2012. The CDC said two strands were responsible for the increase.
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. 
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...

Having the option of choice is a good thing, right? Not always.

When Timothy Gee arrived at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in New Brunswick, N.J., earlier this spring, he knew his culinary staff needed some extensive hands-on training to keep up with...
The foodservice department at KIPP San Antonio schools has a new meals provider this year: the San Antonio Food Bank. 

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Amherst-Pelham Regional School District in Amherst, Mass., is updating its lunch debt policy to no longer single out students, MassLive reports.

Under the new policy, students with lunch debt will be given the same meals as their peers, regardless of how much they owe. School officials will also be communicating directly with parents of students who have accumulated debt instead of through the students themselves.

The updated policy comes just before U.S. school districts will be required to publicly list their lunch debt policies, per new USDA requirements starting July 1...

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eureka

Since California’s state motto is “Eureka!” it seems fitting that a recent conversation with the director of hospitality at San Diego’s Palomar Health led to the biggest aha moment I’ve had in a long time.

I called Jim Metzger in late April with the purpose of discussing Palomar’s recent commitment to the goal of making 60% of its total menu plant-based by this summer. It seemed a lofty number, and I was curious how the public health system planned to get there.

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Labeling foods with indulgent buzzwords such as “sweet sizzlin’” and “crispy” can lead consumers to make healthier food choices , according to a recent study out of Stanford University .

In the fall 2016 study, researchers labeled vegetables in one of the school’s dining halls using terms from four categories: basic, healthy restrictive, healthy positive or indulgent.

The green beans, for example, were listed as “green beans” for basic, “light ‘n’ low-carb green beans and shallots” for healthy restrictive, “healthy energy boosting green beans and shallots” for healthy...

Ideas and Innovation
sparkling water

Our carbonated soft drink sales at Earls.67 reflect a national trend; we’re continually down on carbonated soft drink sales by 8% to 9% on an annual basis,” says Cameron Bogue, beverage director at the contemporary-casual chain Earls Kitchen + Bar.

The issue with spa water

Many operators are intrigued with the offering, but they are learning that infused water can’t be offered at a cost to guests unless there is added value beyond cut-up fruit. Bogue says, “I was adamant that I didn’t want to charge for spa water.”

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