Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe

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...
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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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According to a recent report from market researcher Technomic, sales of vegetable and fruit juices are expected to increase in frequency through 2016.
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Some of the most acclaimed chefs in America are leveraging their experience and stepping into the heat of a different type of kitchen: school foodservice.
Our roundup of ideas includes a speedy way to serve barista-style lattes, an easy design fix to boost interactivity and a chicken-cooking technique to spice up vegetables.
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FoodService Director’s Chefs’ Council shared valuable insights at MenuDirections 2016. Here are six ideas to steal from the five panelists.


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Younger consumers are driving an increased focus on sustainability, and more consumers overall are demanding a wider variety of seafood on menus. With shifting interest in seafood, operators need to be familiar with the seafood consumer—who they are, what they’re looking for and when they eat it—to more effectively boost interest in seafood dishes.

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Technomic’s 2017 Center of the Plate: Seafood & Vegetarian report finds that 65% of consumers eat seafood at least occasionally (once every 90 days or more), either as an...

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The Missouri House of Representatives has initially approved a bill that would enable students with dietary issues to forgo mandatory meal plans at public colleges and universities, U.S. News reports.

Approved Tuesday, the bill would grant students with medical documentation of food sensitivities, food allergies or medical dietary issues the right to opt out of meal plans.

Supporters of the bill say it will allow students to not have to pay for food they can’t safely eat, while opponents say that the bill will negatively impact schools financially. According to legislative...

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A study released by Sodexo indicates that gender-balanced management improves team performance.

The 2018 study is an expansion of a previous Sodexo study that launched in 2014. The expanded study analyzed 50,000 managers in all levels of management from 70 entities around the world over five years.

The study found that teams managed by 40% to 60% women had better employee and client retention, saw fewer workplace accidents and increased their operating margins and employee engagement.

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Rick Farmer, executive chef for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and Stephanie Powers, executive chef of Spring Harbor, a retirement community in Columbus, Ga., were crowned the winners of MenuDirections’ 2018 Culinary Competition.

Split into teams of two, chefs had 60 minutes to prepare and plate their own entrees using a preselected basket of ingredients such as beans, mushrooms and orange sauce. Each dish was judged on its presentation, taste and creativity.

The winning dish was orange glazed pork with a black bean and wild mushroom cake topped...

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