Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


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.
sopa seca
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.
smoked salmon cuts
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...
fettuccini web
Here’s how the University of Washington adapted fettuccine Alfredo to be suitable for gluten-sensitive eaters without losing its mass student appeal.
mendocino holiday catering
If “switchel” is Greek to you, here are some opportunities worth exploring.
Root-to-stem cooking is catching on among operators committed to using every part of the vegetable—including the peel and ends that usually get tossed.
healthy minestrone soup
To give customers and patients a healthier, lower-sodium minestrone soup, Kathleen Nielsen of McKay-Dee Hospital “cleaned up” a speed-scratch version.
brussels sprouts charring
In the past few weeks, Senior Editor Pat Cobe has noticed activity in three areas: restaurant-design, a favorite daypart and a hot cooking technique.

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University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., has replaced a fajita bar in one of its dining halls with a superfoods bar, Tommie Media reports.

Aiming to provide more options for athletes and students with dietary restrictions, the new bar offers diners a choice of protein with a variety of toppings, such as beans, fruit, couscous and quinoa.

The superfoods bar has made a few appearances on campus since it was first tried for the school’s football players last summer.

“Word of mouth is getting out, and every day I get a few more people,” Ryan Carlson, a cook at the...

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A large part of menuing allergen-friendly cuisine is deciding which gluten-free items to serve.

In particular, college dining hall operators must decide whether to make gluten-free items in-house or to order gluten-free items from a manufacturer. Some factors to consider are: the size of the university, the demand for gluten-free options,and the ability to have separate gluten-free storage and workspaces in the university dining hall kitchen.

According to FoodService Director , 77% of college and university operators purchase their gluten-free...

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Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pa., is using robots to help deliver patient meals, BCTV reports.

The eight robots, named TUGs, will be used to transport meals from the hospital’s nutrition services department to patient floors at Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical & Patient Care.

Moving at three miles per hour, the robots will follow preprogrammed routes to the HealthPlex, where room ambassadors will remove room service carts from the TUGs and deliver them to patients. The TUGs will then return to nutrition services with dirty dishes for cleaning.

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Sodexo has partnered with fast casual Blaze Pizza to offer the chain’s signature pizzas, salads, beverages and desserts at select venues served by Sodexo, including colleges and universities.

Bill Lacey, senior vice president of marketing at Sodexo, said that Blaze’s growth in the fast-casual sector drove the partnership. Blaze opened its first unit in 2012 near the University of California at Irvine. Its pizzas are flash fired, cooking in under 180 seconds, according to the chain—a selling point for busy customers.

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