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I was out in the schools days after your workshop, the employees were still talking about how much they enjoyed it. I also observed them putting a little extra effort into serving the students. It was a pleasure to see. Thank you for the inspiration.
– Linda Irby
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for your class and the conference overall. Your extra effort to provide up-to-date answers for the participants has not been overlooked. We appreciate your dedicated spirit and your commitment to excellence and therefore, insistently welcome you back to assist us in educating the food and nutrition personnel within Region 13.
– Child Nutrition Team, Region XIII, Austin, Texas
This year we invited Kern Halls to present at our Manager’s in-service. He did a truly outstanding job! The information was timely, informative, and thought provoking. All of my Managers and Assistant Managers were totally engaged. It was the perfect way to start the new school year. I look forward to bringing him back to my District in the future to share more ideas and innovative concepts with my management staff!
– Dawn Houser SNS, MPA
We had a great experience working with Ingenious Culinary Concepts. Kern Halls has a broad experience developing concepts in the K-12 market. He and his Team were very valuable in helping us to understand the student preferences and how we can adapt our products to succeed in K-12
Beatriz Herrero – StarKist , Food Service Marketing Manager
Ingenious Culinary Concepts provided a turn-key Food Festival event for Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services Department. Kern and his team thought of all the details and managed the event from start to finish and afterward! The event was a huge success and provided a very positive image for the district. We are continuing our partnership with Ingenious Culinary Concepts due to their professionalism and customer service.
Julie G Farri Director – Nutrition, Training, Quality Assurance Dallas Independent School District
I recommend Ingenious Culinary Concepts because Kern Halls is extremely knowledgeable in so many areas of the food service industry, from regulations to equipment, and from customers to the dining environment. He has experienced so many different school food & nutrition programs across the country that he can quickly provide suggestions to improve participation based on 'what works' in other districts. He is skilled at listening to student customers, expertly gaining their trust and inspiring them to share their perspective about school meals. We are excited about implementing suggestions that Kern made while visiting us in Charlotte County!
Terri Whitacre Director , School Food & Nutrition Services Charlotte County, Florida
Kern Halls delivered exactly what we needed to achieve change. Having a third party consultant conduct focus groups and program analysis - with a fresh and unbiased set of eyes - is a valuable and necessary tool when building buy in from staff and administration.
Kathleen Kane SNS , Director of Food and Nutrition Services
We had a great Food Festival event thanks to the detailed planning and execution of Kern Hall and Ingenious Culinary Concepts. This was our first event of this kind and Kern helped us make it a tremendous success. Kern and Patrice were wonderful to work with.
Margaret Lopez, RD, SNS , Executive Director, Dallas Independent School District
THE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
From kindergarten to high school, your students know what they like…and unfortunately, they can’t get it at most school cafeterias.
As a result, millions of students around the country would rather pack their own lunches than eat at the school cafeteria.
It isn’t just the food, although that’s a big part of it (especially if you’re still serving chicken patties, fish sticks, or sloppy joes). It’s the whole experience, from how long students wait in line to the attitude of your staff to the packaging the food comes in.
You see, just like a restaurant, your cafeteria delivers an experience. And if your cafeteria is like most other school cafeterias, that experience is dull, bland, and–here it comes–very uncool.
We had the privilege of having Kern Halls present at our Education Symposium. Not only was Kern knowledgable and upbeat, he gave everyone a new and different perspective on what kids likes and wants are when it comes to meals served in school. He also conducted a Kids Focus Group that was thoroughly entertaining but highly enlightening as it came straight "from the mouths of babes" as to what they want. If you are looking for a person that knows and understands School Food Service and clearly understands K-12 Trends, Kern is the guy for your group. He brings excitement back into School Food Service!!
– Nicole Nicoloff, Education Segment Manager, Gordon Foods
Your general session was the perfect message and tied in with the general sessions as well, providing good customer service by marketing & merchandising. We must understand our customers and not continue to do everything the way we have always done things.
Valerie Lindsay Child Nutrition Supervisor
HERE’S HOW WE DO IT
With surveys, tastings, and focus groups to develop a menu of items your students actually want
By observing and optimizing your cafeteria flow, and using creative packaging to appeal to student psychology
Through professional development that will help your staff better interact with students
WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN YOU EXPECT
- Generated over $400,000 in revenue and increased participation by 20%, all by creating an upscale portable meal concept for secondary students (allowing students to more easily chat with their peers)
- Drove $1.7 million in revenue from a la carte sales
- Achieved a 46% increase in high school meal participation over three years
- Skyrocketed sales by 300% by combining previously unpopular foods to create popular new options
- Increased free lunch participation by more than 30% over three years using focus groups to create new menus
- Develop a menu full of items students really want
- Boosted breakfast cart sales and popularity to an all-time high by providing access to them in parking lots, bus areas, and front entrances
HOW MUCH DO WE COST?
How much we cost will depend on your unique situation and which of our services you decide to pursue.
Keep in mind that because we’re the most experienced “cafeteria consultants” in the industry, we’re in high demand from school districts around the entire United States–and that means our rates aren’t cheap.
But here’s the good news.
When you compare the cost you pay to the value you receive, you’ll find that we’re actually a great investment…because our services usually pay for themselves within a few short months.
Because when your cafeteria makes more sales, that’s a revenue source that recurs five days a week, every week.
Fill out our 30-second form for your personalized quote and find out how we can help improve your cafeteria today!