Lindsey Ramsey

Lindsey Ramsey
Contributing Editor
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


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Linda Eichenberger has transformed the foodservice at the Oak Hills Local School District by introducing healthy menu items and creating The Lunch Box.
mediterranean fish
Healthy and a big flavor kick. That’s what chefs like about dishes made with spices, such as cumin, coriander, thyme and oregano, that are common in the Mediterranean region.
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Pork’s versatility offers operators the chance to have some fun with the protein, especially in trendy street food applications.
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Wholesale prices for choice-grade beef—the main variety consumed in the U.S.—surged 11% from May 2013 to May 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Operators experiment with bananas and plantains to give texture and earthy flavor to dishes.
sweet-to-savory
Chocolate has long been the domain of desserts, candy and sweet beverages, but cocoa can do more than satisfy your sweet tooth. Operators also are using chocolate to bring an earthiness to a variety...
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With their variety of shapes, colors and tastes, heirloom tomatoes have become highly coveted by non-commercial chefs—when they can get them.
Be it sweet watermelon, classic cantaloupe or humble honeydew, non-commercial operators know seasonality rules when menuing melons.
Be it crabs, mussels, clams, scallops or—the big daddy of all shellfish—lobster, operators have come up with endless ways to incorporate these invertebrates into their menus.
You know you’ve hit the big time when there’s a commercial about you during the Super Bowl. Such is the case with kale.

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