Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


three sisters salad
A revamped North American tribe recipe, Three Sisters Salad is now a staple in Wash U’s dining program, which completes 18,000 to 22,000 transactions daily.
ramen bowl spoon chopsticks
Inspired by a visit to Japan, the general manager at YouTube's corporate dining venues introduced a dish with many traditional ramen ingredients, served separately so diners can mix and match...
chicken tetrazzini bowl
The No Whey station in the main dining hall at Georgia Southern University offers students meals that are free of the eight most common allergens.
health food medicine stethoscope
Technomic’s 2016 Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report shows younger consumers are especially tuned in to functional foods that promote wellness.
ranch dressing chicken fingers
Last fall, Mark Augustine, executive chef of culinary and nutrition services for Minneapolis Public Schools, switched to concocting in-house—ranch dressing.
gumbo soup
Soups and stews are natural vehicles for these odds and ends of vegetables, grains and proteins, but you can’t just add items aimlessly into the pot.
veggie burger
David Perkins, head chef at Connecticut College, blamed lack of veggie burger sales on frozen product, and set to work creating a from-scratch version.
recipe revamp chicken soup
Instead of cooking two versions of chicken noodle soup, The Garladnds of Barrington reworked a recipe into a flavorful lower-sodium version that appeals to all.
chefs council spread
We’re back with next year’s menu forecast, culled from our panel of 50 Chefs’ Council members—culinarians representing the core segments of noncommercial foodservice.
sweet chili chicken pizza
Executive Chef Clay Culpepper developed a sweet chili chicken dish several years ago, but he recently decided to transform the Asian flavors into a pizza.

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Orange County Community College in upstate New York is replacing its dining staff with vending machines , The Times Herald-Record reports.

The staff members, who will be let go in June, include nine full-time and three part-time workers. Students say they will miss the employees and the access to fresh food.

The Orange County Community College Association, which oversees the school’s cafeterias, says the layoffs were partly due to a $150,000 deficit accumulated by foodservice operations last year.

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Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, is eliminating paper cups in its Commons dining hall and has given each student a reusable stainless steel mug as a replacement, bates.edu reports.

The mugs were distributed via a promotion earlier this week where students could fill their new mugs with a free smoothie. Stickers and other trinkets were set out for students to use to “bling” their mugs.

Dining services turned to students to determine which type of mug would be offered. The college also installed a mug-washing sink in the dining Commons earlier this year.

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Compass has partnered with Jose Andres ’ ThinkFoodGroup, allowing the chef and foodservice vendor to collaborate at such venues as stadiums and college campuses.

“With this partnership, we have the opportunity to tell stories and connect with people through food on an entirely new level,” Andres said in a release.

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