Marygrace Taylor

Marygrace Taylor
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


serving food
Have-it-your-way menus and relaxed, help-yourself experiences at fast-casual restaurants are changing customers’ expectations for catering in a big way.
zucchini
Secondhand produce is perfectly edible fruits and vegetables that can’t be sold to stores because of cosmetic imperfections, but it tastes normal.
peaches
Instead of trying to find healthy (yet still convincing) substitutes for the butter or sugar in his peach cobbler, David Cohen tried a different approach.
pizza flour
From making small batches every 10 to 15 minuts to preparing scratch-made bases, operators say it's possible to create home-cooked taste in minimal time...
banana mango smoothie
As consumers grow more health-conscious, operators are finding the drinkable morning meals appeal to all age groups looking for on-the-go alternatives.
Michigan State University had quite a challenge on its hands when setting out to develop a vegan version of macaroni and cheese.
fauquier veggie stack
Turn taste up a notch with fresh spices and cooking techniques.
rice pudding spoon
Brian Seto of Legacy Health created a gluten-free, vegan rice pudding.
rex farro orange salad
Here are three ways operators can create fruit salads that keep customers coming back.
tandoori chicken roulade
Small plates offer delicious, artful fare for a fraction of the calories.

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This March, past FSD of the Month Randy Lait and his team gave the FoodService Director staff a tour of the operations at North Carolina State University. During our visit, Randy shared how data is affecting their menu creation and menu mix. At the university, they’re encouraging chefs to use big data—and not just gut feelings—to inform menu decisions.

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