Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


nachos
UCR Dining Services started serving vegan nachos to draw students to dining halls, while also giving them a plant-forward spin to hook vegans.
tomato bisque soup
With the goal of making 10 of N.C. State’s best-sellers 10% healthier, including this tomato bisque, Lisa Eberhart teamed up dietary interns with campus chefs.
pret a manger salad
Offering ready-made composed salads can cut down on waste, save labor, speed the line and increase fresh grab-and-go items. It can also control costs.
Move over, millennials—Gen Z is aging into the dining-out scene, and these kids have some very different tastes and behaviors.
alice waters
Alice Waters shares ideas on promoting edible education in schools.
These five recipes, gathered from the exhibits and demos on the 2016 NRA Show floor, represent several top trends that emerged at this year’s show.
tofu cubes
Chef Larry Posen's "Streets of Chicago" station at University Center In Chicago remakes ethnic dishes, including Tikka Masala inspired by Little India...
May is National Barbecue Month—time to fire up the grill and try something new.
Warmer weather means it’s time to showcase seasonal fruits and lighter ingredients in the dessert lineup.
Notable chefs from Europe and the Americas gathered last week in California’s Napa Valley for the 2016 Worlds of Flavor conference. Through recipe demos, slide presentations and workshops, they...

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“Anything that can help technology-wise, why not?” says David Hill, director of dining hall operations at the University of New Hampshire . “It...

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Amherst-Pelham Regional School District in Amherst, Mass., is updating its lunch debt policy to no longer single out students, MassLive reports.

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...

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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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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...

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