Lindsey Ramsey

Lindsey Ramsey
Contributing Editor
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


At EVK (nicknamed Everybody’s Kitchen) Residential Dining at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, bold color choices and natural light have brought a modern sensibility to...
Iraj Fernando has not allowed his 13 years of restaurant experience to be forgotten since his switch to non-commercial. As executive chef/manager for Southern Foodservice Management Inc., at Bosch...

I’ve written about how I think it is semi-ridiculous to rank the food at different colleges, but this is just too much fun to ignore.

I think I experienced my first jaw-dropping moment covering the non-commercial industry when, early in my tenure here at FoodService Director, I got the chance to tour the then-new New York Times cafeteria, run by Restaurant Associates.

We at FoodService Director have long been committed to providing operators with ideas to do their jobs better, often by sharing ideas from within the industry. But we decided it was time to expand...
You would think simply attending Yale University would be enough of an experience to remember, but Rafi Taherian, executive director of Yale Dining in New Haven, Conn., believes creating memorable...

In my five years at FoodService Director, I’ve visited many operations to see the sights and taste the food. Mostly, I’ve visited college campuses where my sense memory from my time in college still informed my opinion of the food.

This year’s Dine-Around will showcase Ybor City, Tampa’s Latin Quarter. We talked to staff from each of the Dine-Around restaurants on this year’s agenda to get the inside scoop on what kind of culinary delights attendees can expect March 3.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say Steal This Idea is the signature feature of FoodService Director. Our hope is to present ideas from all the market segments on a variety of topics, in order to help you do your job better.

This week I head home to Kansas City for the holidays. What is waiting for me—foodwise— might surprise you. This is because my family decided, about six or seven years ago, that we were done with “traditional” Christmas Day meals. Instead we gather together to enjoy a feast designed around a theme.

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

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