Kate Parham Kordsmeier

Kate Parham Kordsmeier
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


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When it comes to barbecue, foodservice directors are balancing authenticity with innovation in their side dishes.
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With a growing population of vegetarians, it’s never been more important to focus on plant-based cuisine.
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According to research and consulting firm Technomic, nearly 30 percent of consumers say eating their favorite brunch foods makes a meal more appealing.
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Tex-Mex, one of America’s oldest regional cuisines, has become incredibly popular across the United States.
The idea of mash-ups, embodied by the now-ubiquitous cronut, is a concept that non-commercial operators are taking to new heights.
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When it comes to catered events, finding the right cocktail can be challenging, especially on college campuses where alcohol is often an issue.
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Display cooking evokes the senses—sight, sound, smell and taste—which creates intrigue and invites the guest to investigate,” says Paul Houle.
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In January 2012, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), in Lebanon, N.H., discontinued the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) in the dining room and café, vending machines, on-site retailers...
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With more than 700 accounts that have retail areas, Morrison Healthcare needed to find a way to keep those units current with food trends and customer expectations.
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Meeting the dining demands of a growing and underserved Hindu and Muslim student population.

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