Lindsey Ramsey

Lindsey Ramsey
Contributing Editor
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


I’ve just returned from my third National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, and I’m conflicted about what I saw. I was tasked with looking at the show through the lens of a non-commercial operator to decide once and for all if a trip to this show is worth it for those on the non-restaurant side of the business.

Students at Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pa., can now grab a little pick-me-up, courtesy of dining services. As part of its Bucknell Nutrition Initiative Program (BNIP), Parkhurst Dining...
Data is a powerful tool, something that managers with Compass Group knew. So they asked the corporate office for an expansion to the company’s FOODprint toolkit, which helps operators track...
Julianne Aiello, director of marketing and sustainable development for Madison, N.J.-based Gourmet Dining, says the Eat Green Give Green Campaign was designed to encourage campus communities to dine...
Schools are places of learning, and the cafeteria is no exception. With Flik Independent School Dining’s Traveling Flavors program, students fill their bellies—and brains&...
Getting students engaged was top of mind for the dining services sustainability team when designing the My Roots are at NC State program. The program has two goals—to get students...
For our May 2013 issue, FoodService Director celebrates the winners of the third annual Goldies Awards. The Goldies, a collaboration between FSD and The Culinary Institute of America, are designed to...
It’s tough to believe that Ken Toong’s seemingly endless list of accomplishments can all be attributed to a really good piece of chocolate cake. Toong’s first...
A cheerleader isn’t what would instantly come to mind looking at Jay Silverstein, but that is exactly how he sees his role as vice president of conference and dining services at Credit...
Designing in tight spaces is tough to manage. When a copy center left a shoebox-shaped hole at the university center at the University of Northern Colorado, in Greeley, Hal Brown, director of dining...

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Operators looking to increase sales of side dishes may want to focus on freshness and value. Here’s what attributes consumers say are important when picking sides.

Fresh - 73% Offered at a fair price - 72% Satisfies a craving - 64% Premium ingredients - 56% Natural ingredients - 49% Signature side - 47% Something familiar - 46% Housemade/made from scratch - 44% Something new/unique - 42% Large portion size - 42% Healthfulness - 40% Family-size - 40%

Source: Technomic’s 2017 Starters, Small Plates and Sides Consumer Trend Report , powered by Ignite

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