Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


Has Sriracha reached its saturation point or will it keep going strong? How about gluten-free foods? Our Chefs' Council shares the trends that will be shaping their menus in 2016...
FoodService Director surveyed our 50 Chefs' Council members to see what items customers are demanding and what will be on their menus in the coming year...
High egg prices, a result of the avian-flu epidemic, continue to worry noncommercial chefs. Some are taking preemptive measures by redirecting the menu.
Chefs' Council members agree big, bold flavors will continue to be in high-demand and will explore ingredients, cuisines and recipes embracing them...
Anytime eating with all-day menus is the model that seems to be evolving in college dining, senior living and health care, according to our respondents.
Expect three megatrends to hang around for another year according to respondents: healthier comfort foods, plant-based dishes and more customization.
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Healthy comfort food can mean different things to different diners, from veggie-packed mac and cheese on campus to lower-sodium soups for senior living.
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Smoking, both as a cooking technique and flavor enhancer, is heating up. The NRA's 2015 Culinary Forecast named smoking one of the Top 5 preparation trends...
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Here’s how the University of Washington adapted fettuccine Alfredo to be suitable for gluten-sensitive eaters without losing its mass student appeal.
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If “switchel” is Greek to you, here are some opportunities worth exploring.

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The University of Maryland will begin offering weekly specials at all of its dining halls this semester, The Diamond Back reports.

The weekday specials will allow Dining Services to offer past menu items that students miss as well as new dishes students have been requesting, according to a spokesperson.

Students can find out which specials are being offered each week via dining hall table tents as well as through Dining Services’ social media. During select weeks, the specials may reflect a particular theme, such as Taste of the South.

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When it comes to fostering engagement in sustainability efforts, you can step up and do the work, or wait for it to happen to you, says Keith Soster, director of sustainability and student engagement for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Here’s a look at Soster’s job description, and how the position has redefined the program.

Q: How did your position come to be?

A: Before Michigan Dining went through a reorganization, requests for student and community partnerships went to whoever could be reached. They wanted someone to be the face of student and community connections—...

Managing Your Business
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So-called fringe benefits such as paid sick and parental leave are anything but fringe in 2017. This year, a flurry of jurisdictions are enacting medical and family leave laws. Arizona, Washington, Vermont, Minneapolis and Chicago will all require employers to offer paid sick leave to workers, and the Society for Human Resources Management predicts that paid parental leave regulations like those approved in Washington, D.C., and New York state last year will continue to crop up on the local level.

At Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. in Mishawaka, Ind., the food services department’...

Managing Your Business
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Between menu planning, budgets and the other myriad concerns FSDs face, it’s easy to overlook the simple ID and/or cash cards issued to diners. But making the choice to upgrade technology can unlock the potential of these once-humble cards: They can be room keys, event tickets and, perhaps most importantly, a needed additional layer of security.

That’s the future of student IDs at the University of Notre Dame, which will switch from magnetic strip cards to chip-based ones in August 2017. “Traditionally, the ID cards have been used as point-of-entry access for dining operations,”...

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