Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


Move over, millennials—Gen Z is aging into the dining-out scene, and these kids have some very different tastes and behaviors.
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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.
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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...
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a wide variety of Mexican-inspired eats and drinks. These recipes can help get a party started in your operation.
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When a resident's lemon loaf became a hit, the director of dining and nutrition services updated the family recipe it to improve its health profile...
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Snacking now represents 50 percent of all food and beverage occasions, according to a report on consumer eating behavior from the Hartman Group.

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Thanks to prolific fast casuals such as Chipotle, guests have come to expect a certain level of customization in their dining options. For almost 50% of Generation Zers, customization is a deciding factor when purchasing food, according Technomic’s 2016 Generational Consumer Trend Report . Taking customization even further, operations are handing over even more control to customers with both build-your-own and cook-your-own stations.

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Managing Your Business
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Sharp, smart marketing materials can make all the difference when it comes to drawing a big crowd for a menu launch or upcoming event. With more avenues to cover than ever and fewer resources to go around, operators offer their tips on making marketing work from start to finish.

Start with communication

Whether it’s an in-house marketing department, an outside agency or someone on staff wearing the marketing hat part-time, the right people need to be involved early and often. “Marketing doesn’t always have a seat at the table [like] it should in order to be truly effective,” says...

Menu Development
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For the last two years, Chris Studtmann has jockeyed between Northwestern University’s residential dining halls and athletic training tables in his role of executive chef, trying to meet the health and food preferences of both sides. Now, his team is taking best practices developed for the sports teams to the 20,000-plus student population, working with dietitians from the school’s contract company to better sync healthy menu choices with lifestyle needs.

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Ideas and Innovation
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We’ve added fueling stations in our units for our workers who didn’t have time to eat or just need a snack. We have areas set up with trail mix, crackers, cookies and water. It helps us avoid people feeling or getting ill, especially when we get closer to exam periods and student workers are studying and not taking the time to eat.

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