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I ran across an interesting story over the weekend. It actually was a follow-up to an article that had appeared in The Free Lance-Star, a newspaper in Fredericksburg, Va. Written by the newspaper's health reporter, the article told of an unfortunate side effect of a restriction on visitors that apparently was put into effect at a number of hospitals in the state.
What’s in store for 2010?
There are still two months left in 2009, but for many people in both the foodservice and publishing industries, 2010 cannot come fast enough. The question is, will the new year be any stronger?
I had a brief, but enlightening visit last week with Dan Henroid and his foodservice staff at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. Dan gathered about 20 of his chefs and managers for an hour-long chat about the challenges and opportunities facing this 560-bed medical center near Golden Gate Park.
I’ve arrived in San Francisco, a city I am quickly learning to love, for the annual conference of the Society for Foodservice Management. I’m here primarily to serve as the moderator of a panel at the conference on Thursday afternoon, so I have the opportunity to do something I don’t get a chance to do much of these days: visit with operators.
I read an interesting blog over the weekend, on a restaurant site called FohBoh. (FohBoh stands for Front of House, Back of House.) A FohBohist—that’s what they call their bloggers—by the name of Keith Eberhardt was asking for “some decent dialogue” on what he called “The Big Enigma: Hospital ‘cuisine.’”
There was good news and bad news for non-commercial foodservice operators in a couple of recent report from restaurant industry analysts. Technomic Inc., the Chicago-based restaurant research company, noted that the recession has caused more people to entertain at home rather than out at restaurants and catering halls.
On Tuesday, there was an interesting article in the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera, which we highlighted in our In The News section of the Web site. The newspaper reported that the Boulder Valley Board of Education has raised $400,000, toward a goal of $700,000, to improve breakfast and lunch menus in Boulder schools.