Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


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.
lemon loaf
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...
apple half snack
Snacking now represents 50 percent of all food and beverage occasions, according to a report on consumer eating behavior from the Hartman Group.
cauliflower veggie pizza
Stanley Regional Hospital's executive chef decided to make Friday night pizza a little less bready with more good stuff, leading to cauliflower pizza...
Datassential reports that menu mentions of flatbreads have increased 34 percent in the last four years. Versatile and adaptable, these close cousins of pizza can be topped with any number of...
local produce
Local sourcing is in high demand, but it can present challenges to foodservice directors. Experts in the field share six tips for meeting these challenges.
Asian cuisines continue to trend on menus, with Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Southeast Asian being the most popular among consumers, according to a recent report from the National Restaurant...
With Easter coming up in a few days, chances are you have a lot of eggs in-house. And chances are you’ll have some left over after Sunday. Here are five tasty ways to use up hard-cooked and fresh...
One of the first signs of spring is an abundant supply of fresh asparagus. Make the most of the crisp, green spears by taking them off the sidelines and spotlighting them in these recipes.

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The new unpaid-balance policy at Canon-McMillan School District in Pittsburgh is making waves after a former cafeteria worker sounded off about the practice on social media.

Stacy Koltiska said she quit her job with the district after being forced to take hot meals away from students who owed lunch money, CBS News reports .

Under a new policy that was implemented at Canon-McMillan this year, students whose lunch debt exceeds $25 are not allowed to receive a hot lunch. Children in grades K-6 are given a sandwich in its place, and older students receive no lunch. A recent...

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Due to low participation in its lunch program, Talawanda School District in Oxford, Ohio, is raising the price of school meals this year, Patch.com reports .

The cost of school lunches will see a 30-cent increase, half of which is being enacted to cover the district’s budget. The other half is being required by the government to cover the cost of free and reduced-price lunches provided to low-income families. Prior to this year, the district had not raised prices since 2009.

The district’s cafeterias have experienced a decline in student participation since implementing the...

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Six Philadelphia hospitals were honored by the city’s department of public health for healthy food initiatives introduced as part of the local Good Food, Healthy Hospitals program, bizjournals.com reports .

The hospitals each debuted healthy measures to their dining services, such as lowering the cost of water bottles and seltzers, and offering dishes that incorporate local produce. One hospital was also honored for operating its own organic farm.

The facilities that were honored were:

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Eastern...
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When planning your menus, take note: college and university students think spicy is hot.

Fifty-seven percent of consumers age 18-34 find spicy flavors, “extremely appealing,” according to Technomic. And almost 50% of college students surveyed said they would like their schools to offer more ethnic foods and beverages, states a recent Technomic College & University Consumer Trend Report. Translation: they like their food kicked up a notch!

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“Students of today are all about flavor,” says Steve Mangan, director of dining for...

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