Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


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.
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.

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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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