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Vegetables and grains have stepped into the spotlight, thanks to the “flipping the plate” trend, but protein is still an important part of a balanced diet.
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It emerged as a top food trend on Pinterest’s 2017 predictions, is “the latest miracle food” according to Epicurious, and was called “a nutritional bonanza” by NPR.
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The demand is up for smoked sausage (+19%), beef brisket (+12%) and beef ribs (+16%) for dinner—a trend noncommercial operators say they are also noticing.
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The No Whey station in the main dining hall at Georgia Southern University offers students meals that are free of the eight most common allergens.
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So-called fringe benefits such as paid sick and parental leave are anything but fringe in 2017. This year, jurisdictions are enacting medical and family leave laws.
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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.
FSD pairs the results of our 2017 Operator Renovation Survey with a look back at real-life examples that highlight FSDs who successfully put change into action.
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FSD Heather Torrey picked up a tip to help her email recipients prioritize their messages.
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Last year, Joe Alonzo started a Pinterest account—not for marketing, but for my team, so that they can look to the recipes for inspiration and try something new.
coal creek student salad bar
When an FSD visited Minneapolis Public Schools, she noticed big branded signs on top of the salad bars. When she got back to her district, she recreated them.

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