Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


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.
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...
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.
almond milk almonds
Cow’s milk is the most common food allergy among babies and young children—2.5 percent of the population experience an adverse reaction, says the CDC.
What’s bubbling up in the restaurant world that may be adaptable to noncommercial foodservice? Here’s a look at a cuisine that’s poised to take off.
A behind-the-scenes menu sampling at some of Chicago’s recently opened eateries provided foodservice directors with ideas to bring back to their operations.

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Ideas and Innovation
nuts

We decided through focus group feedback that our freshmen struggled with the allergy-friendly options or options for students with diabetes on campus. In response, we decided to have a dinner the first few weeks of classes to let some of these students know what was available and let them network with their peers and others with allergies or diabetes. NC State Dining chefs prepared menu items based on foods from cultures around the world. ... From delicious sliced sweet potatoes to savory Ikarian-style roasted chicken, students were able to sample global dishes free of allergens.

Ideas and Innovation
coffee cups

We started a monthly Coffee Hour with just the department director. The goal is to gather 
staff feedback about their jobs and answer individual questions. After the first event, 
several staff members emailed stating they just wanted to meet with the director without 
their supervisors. Now, the meetings offer an opportunity for more of a one-on-one conversation without the presence of the supervisor they 
deal with day in and day out.

Ideas and Innovation
salad

We’re currently piloting a Salad Bar Happy Hour 
in Cafe 16. Due to Health Department regulations, any self-serve salad bar items must be disposed of after service. The salad bar goes “on sale” for 25 cents an ounce post-lunchtime to help reduce waste as well as offer value to customers.

Menu Development
sauces

Adding an entirely new cuisine to the menu can feel daunting. But what if you could dabble in international flavors simply by introducing a few new condiments? For inspiration, FSD talked to operators who are offering a range of condiments plucked from global regional cuisines.

“Most ethnic cuisines have some sort of sauce or condiment relishes that go with their dishes,” says Roy Sullivan, executive chef with Nutrition & Food Services at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. Condiments offered to diners at UCSF Medical include chimichurri (Argentina), curry (India), tzatziki (...

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