Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


healthy breakfast oatmeal fruit
The workshops and general sessions at MenuDirections, FoodService Director's annual conference, provided innovative ideas to add healthful concepts to the menu and noncommercial dining spaces. ...
The Falafel Waffle from Marist College, along with the three Chef’s Choice Award runners-up, all incorporate on-trend ideas, ingredients and flavors.
Unique local specialties, fresh ethnic mashups and a lesser-known ancient grain are making their way onto restaurant menus—and could be the next frontier for noncommercial outlets, too. Here are five...
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament begins in mid-March, but it’s not too early to think about feeding the hordes of fans who will be watching the action on TV.
This trio of foods and beverages is just beginning to have an impact on restaurant menus. Here’s your chance to jump on these consumer-approved trends early.
The Academy Awards are as big a deal as the Super Bowl in many circles, including senior living, college dining and other noncommercial facilities.
veggie balsamic pizza
School gardens, cooking classes and themed lunches are tools used to get kids to buy into bolder flavors, healthier foods and unusual ingredients.
Nashville hot chicken, a regional favorite, also has been on the bucket lists of food lovers visiting the Music City. Now it has flocked to other locales.
egg waffle
Omelet stations are a popular breakfast option among Texas Tech University’s 37,000 students, says Dewey McMurrey, executive chef of operations at the school.
What’s happening in the streetside channel of the business could cross over to noncommercial facilities.

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