MenuDirections 2013: Complete Conference Coverage

Conference provided attendees a wealth of healthy, flavorful ideas to take back to their operations.

The 11th annual MenuDirections conference was held last week in Tampa, Fla., where the theme—Healthy Flavors, Healthy Profits—focused on health and wellness. From a general session recipe revamp to world cuisine workshops that delivered health through flavor, the conference brought attendees a wealth of healthy ideas. See below for FSD's full coverage of the conference. 

Daily Reports
MenuDirections 2013: Health is Top of Mind on Day One of Conference
MenuDirections 2013: Recipe and Diet Revamps on Day Two
MenuDirections 2013: World Cuisines Deliver Health Through Flavor on Day Three

Editors' Blogs
Peter Romeo: What Sunk in During Day One
Becky Schilling: Dine-Around Gets Rowdy
Peter Romeo: Cooking (and almost cussin') with Chef Jet Tila
Peter Romeo: Day Two Highlights
Patricia Cobe: A Seat at the Judge’s Table

News
Angelo Mojica chosen as FoodService Director's FSD of the Year
N.C. State wins Grand Goldie; UNC Healthcare, Flik and ACTS also honored

Photos
Facebook Album

Check back at foodservicedirector.com for more photos and the full Goldies videos.

More From FoodService Director

Managing Your Business
management team

Last week’s NACUFS National Conference proved to be a treasure trove of management and staffing takeaways. Here are a few we noted at the annual event , held this year in Providence, R.I.

1. Make it scalable

When explaining something new to staff, instead of asking, “You got it?” or “You with me?” have employees rate how well they understand the new material on a scale of 1 to 10, said Ron Paul, a senior consulting partner for Partners in Leadership, during a session on building accountability in the workplace. People are likely to say yes even when they don’t fully grasp what you’...

Ideas and Innovation
song break

Once per month in a daily huddle, we dedicate a few minutes for the staff to sing a short song. The staff has responded so positively to this. They now bring costumes and other props. It's a few short minutes, but the payoff has been tremendous.

Photo courtesy of iStock

Ideas and Innovation
plastic straws

An item about the size of a pencil has become the latest target in foodservice operators’ sustainability plans. Though small, plastic straws are said to have a large impact on the environment, with Americans using approximately 500 million straws each day, according to a release from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, which temporarily ditched plastic straws as part of an Earth Day promotion this year.

In recent months, a growing number of eateries and cities across the United States have scrapped plastic straws. In July, Seattle enacted a ban on plastic straws and utensils, requiring...

Industry News & Opinion

Medford High School in Medford, Mass., is looking to add an orchard to its campus, Wicked Local reports.

The idea for the orchard was brought forth by students looking to help combat food insecurity. They are working with the school’s nutritionist to make the orchard a reality.

If planted, the orchard would be located inside the school’s courtyard and would grow fruits such as apples, paw paws, blueberries, peaches and plums. It would also include an outdoor classroom space.

The school committee signed off on the project last year; however, some administrators are...

FSD Resources

Code for Asynchronous jQuery Munchkin Tracking Code