Kate Parham Kordsmeier

Kate Parham Kordsmeier
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


3 bean salad
When it comes to barbecue, foodservice directors are balancing authenticity with innovation in their side dishes.
Vegetarian pizza
With a growing population of vegetarians, it’s never been more important to focus on plant-based cuisine.
eggs benedict
According to research and consulting firm Technomic, nearly 30 percent of consumers say eating their favorite brunch foods makes a meal more appealing.
vegetarian enchiladas
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.
university of illinois cocktails
When it comes to catered events, finding the right cocktail can be challenging, especially on college campuses where alcohol is often an issue.
persian lamb kabobs
Display cooking evokes the senses—sight, sound, smell and taste—which creates intrigue and invites the guest to investigate,” says Paul Houle.
sugar beverages dartmouth
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...
morrison outtakes food
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.
food truck auburn
Meeting the dining demands of a growing and underserved Hindu and Muslim student population.

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Industry News & Opinion

The University of Maryland will begin offering weekly specials at all of its dining halls this semester, The Diamond Back reports.

The weekday specials will allow Dining Services to offer past menu items that students miss as well as new dishes students have been requesting, according to a spokesperson.

Students can find out which specials are being offered each week via dining hall table tents as well as through Dining Services’ social media. During select weeks, the specials may reflect a particular theme, such as Taste of the South.

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Ideas and Innovation
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Communication is key, and [managers] are busy too. One tip I picked up from another director was to label my subject line with the header “action,” “information” or “response” followed by a brief description of the email contents. That way they can filter through their inboxes during their busy days to know which emails need their attention immediately and which they can save to read later.

Ideas and Innovation
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We like to offer a constantly changing menu. Last year, I started a Pinterest account—not for marketing, but for my team, so that they can look to the recipes for inspiration and try something new. We tried protein cookies based onto a Pinterest recipe, and our residents loved them.

Ideas and Innovation
coal creek student salad bar

When I was visiting Minneapolis Public Schools, I saw that they have these cool signs on top of their salad bars. As soon as we got back, we re-created them. They are big and branded, and have the portion requirements. They say “Taste something new today” on one side, and we support our local farmers on the other. They help the bars look fresh and delish, and attract students’ eyes.

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