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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University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., has replaced a fajita bar in one of its dining halls with a superfoods bar, Tommie Media reports.

Aiming to provide more options for athletes and students with dietary restrictions, the new bar offers diners a choice of protein with a variety of toppings, such as beans, fruit, couscous and quinoa.

The superfoods bar has made a few appearances on campus since it was first tried for the school’s football players last summer.

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A large part of menuing allergen-friendly cuisine is deciding which gluten-free items to serve.

In particular, college dining hall operators must decide whether to make gluten-free items in-house or to order gluten-free items from a manufacturer. Some factors to consider are: the size of the university, the demand for gluten-free options,and the ability to have separate gluten-free storage and workspaces in the university dining hall kitchen.

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Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pa., is using robots to help deliver patient meals, BCTV reports.

The eight robots, named TUGs, will be used to transport meals from the hospital’s nutrition services department to patient floors at Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical & Patient Care.

Moving at three miles per hour, the robots will follow preprogrammed routes to the HealthPlex, where room ambassadors will remove room service carts from the TUGs and deliver them to patients. The TUGs will then return to nutrition services with dirty dishes for cleaning.

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Sodexo has partnered with fast casual Blaze Pizza to offer the chain’s signature pizzas, salads, beverages and desserts at select venues served by Sodexo, including colleges and universities.

Bill Lacey, senior vice president of marketing at Sodexo, said that Blaze’s growth in the fast-casual sector drove the partnership. Blaze opened its first unit in 2012 near the University of California at Irvine. Its pizzas are flash fired, cooking in under 180 seconds, according to the chain—a selling point for busy customers.

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