Services We Provide
Think of us as your all-in-one cafeteria consultants. We’re experts in every phase of the industry, and our job is to turn your cafeteria into a more popular & profitable part of your school.
Here are just a few of the ways we do it:
- Distribute surveys, hold tastings, and run focus groups to find out, in their own words, what students want
- Develop a menu full of items your students want, while still adhering to your food service and nutrition guidelines
- Satisfy your students’ need for variety and instant gratification through an optimized checkout process & creative packaging
- Train your staff on how to interact with students in an engaging new way
- Create customized commercials and marketing videos to get kids excited about the upcoming changes
- Combine years of food service experience and marketing know-how to create a cafeteria experience that appeals to your students
Check out this short video that introduces you to our services
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
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
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 Farris Director – Nutrition, Training, Quality Assurance Dallas Independent School District
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
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
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
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
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
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
Who we work with
We don’t just work with individual schools, though. We create strategic alliances with & for:
- School districts
- Federal Agencies
- State Agencies
- School Nutrition Associations
- Educational Councils
- Non-profit Associations
- Parent-Teacher Organizations
Basically, if you have a cafeteria, sell food to a cafeteria, or otherwise work with a cafeteria, chances are good that we can improve your business. Drop us a line to find out how we can help you today!