Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


meal kit
Dining services at UMass offers staff and faculty heat-and-eat dinners. The readymade meal kits providing a convenient service, and they capture takeout business from local supermarkets and...
oversized portions
What are you sick of? Here are the trends FSD's Chefs’ Council members wish would go away, including kale, fast food, pumpkin spice, healthy desserts and more. ...
three sisters salad
A revamped North American tribe recipe 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.

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Ideas and Innovation
chefs

We started inviting chefs and FSDs from other districts to come prepare lunch. Through featuring different chefs and chef-inspired meals, I’ve found the students have been looking forward to coming into the cafeteria. They are willing to try new things with crazy names, and to ask for their favorite outside items turned healthy.

Ideas and Innovation
tapas

I’ve created a high school “focus group” to see what future college students will want in terms of foodservice. This year, I called up two now-seniors from the last group to get 10 of their friends together. I also include a sophomore or two so that I always have a contact for next year. Tapas, grain bowls and late-night breakfast all originated from this group.

Ideas and Innovation
making meals

This summer, we teamed up with a church to deliver meals to three housing projects. We brought the meals to the church, and then the church recruited volunteers to deliver the meals to the children. We’ve been very impressed with this new model, and it shows great promise in getting meals to children who otherwise would not be able to leave their housing project.

Industry News & Opinion
sharing love

Having never personally experienced a hurricane, I can only imagine the horrors faced by the millions of people whose lives were affected by Harvey and Irma in late August and early September. It’s a group that comprises uncounted noncommercial operations, including Houston Independent School District, which serves 215,000 students.

But from that tragedy has come one of the most impressive feats of foodservice I’ve seen since coming on board at this magazine, partially spearheaded by Nutrition Officer Betti Wiggins , who only just joined the district. For the entire school year,...

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