Big Apple retools school meals, one bite at a time

Alexis, Jennifer
November 2005
FoodService Director;11/15/2005, Vol. 18 Issue 11, p14
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the efforts of the New York City Office of School Support in New York to bring about changes in its food service system, hoping to boost participation and improve the nutritional profile of the menus. Much of this effort centers on visual upgrades such as new service-line decoration and station signage. The food department will replace the familiar decorations, such as plastic cows and milk promotions, that have traditionally hung on cafeteria walls with signage directing students to such areas as salad or deli stations. Much of the department's work, however, is far less visible than the vibrant artwork that will grace cafeteria walls. Behind the scenes, Jorge Collazo, head of the food department, and his team are busy refining the food. Among the major goals are the development of new recipes and the standardization of the recipes and meals served throughout the schools. The department takes a trickle-down approach with its regional chefs, one for each of the city's five boroughs assisting their schools in key areas such as presentation, marketing and recipe development.


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