FoodService Director | March 2016

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The Besties: Operators name the winning ‘tools’ at their facilities—kitchen hacks, never-fail sales tactics, go-to ingredients and more.

Also In This Issue: 
  • FSD of the Month: Waldy Malouf—The Culinary Institute of America
  • Ancient Grains find new life
  • The future of cash-free meal payment
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Some of the most acclaimed chefs in America are leveraging their experience and stepping into the heat of a different type of kitchen: school foodservice.

FSD of the Month

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Waldy Malouf served as co-project manager on the construction of a 28,000-square-foot student union and dining facility on the CIA Hyde Park campus.

Research

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Researcher Technomic tracks menus from 150 schools in the top 50 school districts. Here are the items that are holding their ground in K–12 foodservice.
While the fight to address school nutrition standards and increase funding drags, school foodservice directors are struggling to hold off challenges.

The Line

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Sean Gordon, executive chef at Northwestern University's Chicago campus saves time on cleanup with a little ball of plastic wrap during food prep...
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Try Advice Squad member Jim Korner’s ideas to solicit helpful input to share with staff or give you the information you need to fix a problem.
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Here’s what a resident millennial singer who moved into a retirement community had to say about how college and senior living dining segments compare.

Menu

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There's no lack of flavor in this vegetarian burger, featuring kidney beans, black beans, quinoa and a variety of herbs and spices. Serve it on a wheat roll...
Ancient grains are making a comeback. Not only are they nutrition powerhouses, many fit into gluten-free diets. These five can add menu variety.
This vegetarian version of sloppy joes replaces meat with red lentils and mushrooms. The variety of spices make the low amount of sugar almost unnoticable.
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What is your reaction to the new USDA dietary guidelines, and how will they affect your menuing? Members of FoodService Director’s Chefs’ Council answer.
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Ancient grains are the current rock stars of the whole-grain world. From amaranth to wild rice, they are sprouting up on operations' menus nationwide...
This vegetarian take on jambalaya replaces traditional proteins with tempeh and butternut squash, while replacing rice with the ancient grain kamut.
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While soda hardly is dead, these stats suggest it is falling flat.
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Chef Hollie Green of Novato Unified School District turns quinoa into a vibrant greek salad that fits nutrition regs and students of all ages can enjoy.
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Stanley Regional Hospital's executive chef decided to make Friday night pizza a little less bready with more good stuff, leading to cauliflower pizza...
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Some operators are discouraging sugary drinks, while still offering customers an option to buy.
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FoodService Director’s Chefs’ Council members answer, “What’s the most surprising foodservice lesson you’ve learned from your K-12 diners?”
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According to a recent report from market researcher Technomic, sales of vegetable and fruit juices are expected to increase in frequency through 2016.

Operations

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With everything else on an FSD's plate, sickness might be the last thing they want to consider. However, one FSD learned some lessons when struck by the flu...
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In 2012, Stanford University launched a program dedicated to empowering and mentoring women in its Residential & Dining Enterprises division.
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The first thing Lorna Donatone will say if you ask for career advice is to get involved in the leadership of diversity programs. Here are 3 more tips.
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A district tested palm scanners in schools to see how well they would process payments. The results were so positive that school officials installed a device.
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The future is here when it comes to mobile and online payment apps for foodservice. Operators have some advice for making the jump to mobile payment.

Footprint

The familiar chickpea fritters are all the rage again in the restaurant world.
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Here are four strategies used to achieve Dolly Cafe's goal of having a comfy space for diners to settle in—which took about six weeks to complete. ...
Beatrix's trick: meshing grab-and-go and traditional service in a narrow 9,000-square-foot space, without impacting the experience for diners in either. ...
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Vending machine sales are up 7 percent at the University of Buffalo, but students on the New York campus aren’t buying more sugary snacks and beverages.
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A lot can be said for a silver spoon. At Montana State University’s Miller Dining Hall, a few spoons contributed to a 50 percent reduction in food waste.
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The U.S. EPA estimates Americans generated 37 million tons of food waste in 2013. Here are more statistics on how that breaks down—and how to help.

Steal this idea

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The culmination of Mason City Schools' child nutrition department's farm-to-school project began with the purchase of grow bags and ended in the cafeteria...
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Plymouth State University Catering Director Colleen Brewer created ice bowls for a creative event to help showcase an extravagant salad bar.
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Pennswood Villiage has a three-acre gardening program that allows residents to drop off their produce in the kitchen for use on the facilities' menu...
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The Garlands' chef's table gives guests a direct view of the chef who prepares and plates a five to six-course meal while explaining the dishes...
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Hendricks Regional Health's director of nutrition and dietetics invited an HR rep to shadow the nutrition department to better understand hiring needs...

Editorial

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Group Editor Kelly Killian assembled her own student focus group at home. The panel: her two sons, 7-year-old Kevin (2nd grade) and 12-year-old David (7th grade).

Cover story

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A part of FoodService Director's "The Besties," these are the best human resources and marketing ideas operators have submitted in the past year...
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When Oklahoma State was looking to make better use of a very old cafeteria that had turned into a study and events room, barbecue was a natural choice.
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A part of FoodService Director's "The Besties," these are the best facitilies and sustainability practices operators have submitted in the past year...
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A part of FoodService Director's "The Besties," these are the best menu ideas submitted by operators borrow from restaurants, local ingredients and more...
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Sara Gasiorowski was honored at our MenuDirections conference in Jacksonville, Fla. Here are her picks for some of The Best ideas in her operation.
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These strategies and ideas aren’t just effective, off-the-wall, creative, profitable and zany. They’re the best—according to these operators.

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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.

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Ideas and Innovation
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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...

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