Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


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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.
Get diners in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with recipes that go beyond the usual corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy cheddar cheese soup, shamrock-...
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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.

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