Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


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.
Ancient grains are making a comeback. Not only are they nutrition powerhouses, many fit into gluten-free diets. These five can add menu variety.

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Industry News & Opinion

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...

Menu Development
eureka

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.

But my personal eureka didn’t come while we were talking about how Palomar had cleaned up the impulse-buy zones...

Industry News & Opinion

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...

Ideas and Innovation
sparkling water

Our carbonated soft drink sales at Earls.67 reflect a national trend; we’re continually down on carbonated soft drink sales by 8% to 9% on an annual basis,” says Cameron Bogue, beverage director at the contemporary-casual chain Earls Kitchen + Bar.

The issue with spa water

Many operators are intrigued with the offering, but they are learning that infused water can’t be offered at a cost to guests unless there is added value beyond cut-up fruit. Bogue says, “I was adamant that I didn’t want to charge for spa water.”

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