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In an effort to improve patient satisfaction, the University of Mississippi Medical Center has chosen Morrison Management to provide foodservices at its three hospitals.
Officials say the high-tech site will allow the university to expand the food options it offers.
Recognition of the best operator in the foodservice industry has seldom fallen on a noncommercial operator. This year's competition to find the industry's best operator is an exception...
One tactic includes introducing students to produce with appealing names, such as dragon fruit and rainbow carrots.
School officials say a USDA pilot program has expanded their access to local food, and provides them with the flexibility to order food when they need it.
Since the program’s implementation in 2013, one district has used $77,000 from its reserve fund annually to break even.
The new layout of Brigham and Women's cafeteria, now dubbed Garden Cafe, allows for garden views, more seating and new menu options, as well as an infused water station...
The cafeteria employees are accusing Sodexo of erratic scheduling and relocating staff on short notice.
New concepts being added at the university include Star Ginger, an Asian fusion spot developed by award-winning chef Mai Pham.
One of the reasons behind the push is to keep more purchasing dollars in the state.

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