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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Ideas and Innovation
chicken and waffles

Our elementary menu is currently riding the breakfast-anytime advertising trend by offering Breakfast for Lunch every Tuesday. It ranks as our highest participation, and it was a great way for us to introduce chicken and waffles inspired by an IHOP dish.

Ideas and Innovation
dress code geeks

Team uniforms are a way we encourage fun. I tell the mangers that every person on your team needs to look like a member of your team, but they can decide together what they want to wear. When the students see a cafeteria person that is matching and having fun with their outfits, they relate to those people better. We don’t want them to look stiff and stuffy.

Ideas and Innovation
oxford school district cafeteria

We have spent considerable money making cafeterias cool again. New paint jobs, crazy color patterns, custom graphics and changes in lighting schemes have made some of our cafes popular gathering places. We’ve also experimented with videos, cable TV programs and music. We involved a number of student groups and student input in improving the atmosphere, especially in our high school and middle school cafeterias.

Menu Development
meatloaf slices plate

“This is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had,” a diner at Alcatel-Lucent telecommunications in Naperville, Ill., once told chef Iraj Fernando. The dish was rooted in a tried-and-true source—the “Betty Crocker Cookbook.”

“I just seasoned the breadcrumbs differently, used fresh parsley and beat the eggs to make them frothier,” says Fernando, executive chef and manager for Southern Foodservice Management.

Consumer interest is up for classic and comforting meat dishes like meatballs (16%), beef pot pie (26%) and meatloaf (12%) for dinner now compared to two years ago, shows...

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