Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


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.
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.

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