Lindsey Ramsey

Lindsey Ramsey
Contributing Editor
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


Tucked away inside a bustling campus building at 11,300-student Washington University in St. Louis is an intimate 50-seat restaurant called Ibby’s, the newest addition to Bon App&eacute...
A renovation and an addition to the campus’ student center greatly increased the retail offerings at the 32,400-student University of Missouri, according to Alan Petersen, manager of...
Coffee shops on college campuses are now a well-known entity. The aesthetics are usually of the Starbucks-inspired variety—warm colors, comfy seating and dim lighting. Not the case with 12,...
Peter Fischbach considers complacency to be a dirty word, and the director of food services for Gourmet Dining Services at 9,500-student New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J., fights...
Food trucks and late-night dining are two of the hottest trends on college campuses. At 2,400-student Rhode Island School of Design a mobile food truck, named Rosie, satisfies both trends.
When Culinary & Hospitality Services at 23,500-student Kennesaw State University opened its Commons Dining Hall in 2009, the department launched a wellness program to coincide with the hall...

When trash wasn’t being sorted properly at 30,000-student Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, dining services decided to get tough by forming a sustainability team called the Green...

Local, organic, natural, gluten free, healthy, authentic—the list of customers’ demands seems endless. However, actually meeting these demands comes with a litany of challenges...
As part of a university initiative to expand the north part of campus, Yale Dining opened a new coffee shop, the KBT Café, in that section of campus this fall. To set the café...
As a health insurance company it would make sense for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida to be progressive in terms of its own wellness program. Wellness efforts at BCBS began in 2006, according to...

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