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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Industry News & Opinion

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Under the new policy, students with lunch debt will be given the same meals as their peers, regardless of how much they owe. School officials will also be communicating directly with parents of students who have accumulated debt instead of through the students themselves.

The updated policy comes just before U.S. school districts will be required to publicly list their lunch debt policies, per new USDA requirements starting July 1...

Menu Development
eureka

Since California’s state motto is “Eureka!” it seems fitting that a recent conversation with the director of hospitality at San Diego’s Palomar Health led to the biggest aha moment I’ve had in a long time.

I called Jim Metzger in late April with the purpose of discussing Palomar’s recent commitment to the goal of making 60% of its total menu plant-based by this summer. It seemed a lofty number, and I was curious how the public health system planned to get there.

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Industry News & Opinion

Labeling foods with indulgent buzzwords such as “sweet sizzlin’” and “crispy” can lead consumers to make healthier food choices , according to a recent study out of Stanford University .

In the fall 2016 study, researchers labeled vegetables in one of the school’s dining halls using terms from four categories: basic, healthy restrictive, healthy positive or indulgent.

The green beans, for example, were listed as “green beans” for basic, “light ‘n’ low-carb green beans and shallots” for healthy restrictive, “healthy energy boosting green beans and shallots” for healthy...

Ideas and Innovation
sparkling water

Our carbonated soft drink sales at Earls.67 reflect a national trend; we’re continually down on carbonated soft drink sales by 8% to 9% on an annual basis,” says Cameron Bogue, beverage director at the contemporary-casual chain Earls Kitchen + Bar.

The issue with spa water

Many operators are intrigued with the offering, but they are learning that infused water can’t be offered at a cost to guests unless there is added value beyond cut-up fruit. Bogue says, “I was adamant that I didn’t want to charge for spa water.”

Agua fresca alternatives

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