Marygrace Taylor

Marygrace Taylor
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


fresh products produce
Right now, it seems like everyone wants to experiment with eating gluten-free or vegan.
st lukes produce chef
From protein and produce to packaged foods, operators are seeking out simpler, less processed fare.
northeastern minestrone
No matter the weather, fresh, flavorful soups and stews are menu staples.
michigan fresh fruit trifle
“Being able to make food taste real when you’ve taken out most of the fat and most of the sugar is an art,” says Richard Curtis.
breaded chicken tender salad
The breaded chicken tender salad features whole-grain baked chicken tenders; kid-friendly vegetables and low-fat ranch dressing.
salmon cracker appetizers
Fresh produce and lean proteins also form the backbone of healthy catered dishes at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where Director of Dining Services Errol Huffman oversees up to 10 events each...
houston isd gumbo
From meatloaf to fried chicken, lighter versions of classic comfort foods are being created by operators.
unonn burger
Walk into a cafeteria, restaurant or food store and it’s clear that gluten free won’t be going away anytime soon.
jmu cheesecake
Cheesecake is the type of simple, blank-canvas dessert that begs for creative flavor tinkering.
uiuc ramen
Operators are taking this Asian noodle soup, once the packaged stuff of college dorms, to new heights.

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Industry News & Opinion

The University of Maryland will begin offering weekly specials at all of its dining halls this semester, The Diamond Back reports.

The weekday specials will allow Dining Services to offer past menu items that students miss as well as new dishes students have been requesting, according to a spokesperson.

Students can find out which specials are being offered each week via dining hall table tents as well as through Dining Services’ social media. During select weeks, the specials may reflect a particular theme, such as Taste of the South.

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Ideas and Innovation
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Communication is key, and [managers] are busy too. One tip I picked up from another director was to label my subject line with the header “action,” “information” or “response” followed by a brief description of the email contents. That way they can filter through their inboxes during their busy days to know which emails need their attention immediately and which they can save to read later.

Ideas and Innovation
pinterest hand phone

We like to offer a constantly changing menu. Last year, I started a Pinterest account—not for marketing, but for my team, so that they can look to the recipes for inspiration and try something new. We tried protein cookies based onto a Pinterest recipe, and our residents loved them.

Ideas and Innovation
coal creek student salad bar

When I was visiting Minneapolis Public Schools, I saw that they have these cool signs on top of their salad bars. As soon as we got back, we re-created them. They are big and branded, and have the portion requirements. They say “Taste something new today” on one side, and we support our local farmers on the other. They help the bars look fresh and delish, and attract students’ eyes.

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