Our process-oriented services, backed by thorough research, along with our extensive expertise, help us improve the daily experience students have at school cafeterias.

Let’s face it, especially at the secondary level, it is challenging to appeal to students’ ever-changing, diverse palates and interests. It’s at the middle and high school level that participation levels drop.

The average school student hates eating at the school cafeteria, and who can blame them? The menu, branding, and overall atmosphere leave much to be desired. Ingenious Culinary Concepts recognized these ongoing difficulties and developed unique and comprehensive solutions to problems schools face on a daily basis.

When you’re ready to discuss how to increase your participation and student meal satisfaction, call us at 1-888-994-3476. There’s no cost or obligation.

Our Services

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From side-by-side coaching, marketing tactics, or cafeteria redesign, we’ve got your back.

In order for students to consistently look forward to eating breakfast or lunch in the school cafeteria, there needs to be a marketing strategy in place. And the marketing strategy needs to be based on what will influence students in a positive and influential way.

No one size fits all strategy will do. Your K-12 foodservice program is unique. While one school may see great results from working on the high school cafeteria aesthetics, another school district may be best served with a digital marketing or social media campaign.

Still another school foodservice program may be wise to focus on staff training or customer service.

That is where Ingenious Culinary Concepts comes in.

Led by Kern Halls, Ingenious Culinary Concepts is a group of culinary K-12 foodservice experts, along with branding and marketing professionals with years of experience working with school foodservice professionals. We focus on formulating creative, tech-savvy, efficient, and unique strategies to give school cafeterias the ultimate branding and design makeover to positively transform students’ dining experiences.

Our process-oriented services, backed by thorough research, along with our extensive expertise, help us improve the daily experience students have at school cafeterias.

Let’s face it, especially at the secondary level it is challenging to appeal to students’ ever changing diverse pallets and interests. It’s at the middle and high school level that participation levels drop.

The average school student hates eating at the school cafeteria, and who can blame them? The menu, branding and overall atmosphere leave much to be desired. Ingenious Culinary Concepts recognized these ongoing difficulties and developed unique and comprehensive solutions that schools face on a daily basis.

When you’re ready to discuss how to increase your participation and student meal satisfaction call us at 1-888-994-3476. There’s no cost or obligation.

K-12 Dining

K-12 Dining

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Everything we do centers on your “student customer.” We focus on providing the best possible products and services in your school cafeterias.

To do this, we help districts: formulate creative menu offerings; deliver top-notch service; and utilize tech-savvy, efficient strategies to reflect a respected brand.

We also offer cafeteria redesigns and makeovers to positively transform your students’ lunch experiences.

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Consultation

Consultation

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Our team begins each Capacity Building service with a two-day support visit.

This interactive process is all about side-by-side coaching for the district team to ensure their optimal performance in supporting schools.

During the process, we meet with all of your management and cafeteria teams.

Focus groups with students and relevant stakeholders follow, and ideas are gathered on the current climate and the best possible steps forward.

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Veteran Owned Company

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Ingenious Culinary Concepts is led by Kern Halls. Kern started his culinary training in the United States Navy as a culinary specialist. Bringing the same skill and determination to bear on his career in the Navy as he does to school foodservice programs, Kern was awarded with five culinary awards while serving from 1993-2001. He was also nominated to the White House Foodservice Staff.

Our Clients

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For over a decade, we’ve worked with school foodservice programs all over the nation to increase participation and boost revenue. From simple changes to complete overhauls, we’ve turned school cafeterias into a place students love to dine.

Virginia School Nutrition Association
South Dakota School Nutrition Association
Kellogg’s
General Mills
School Nutrition Association of Arizona
Land O’Lakes
McCain Foods
The School District of Osceola County, FL
Loudoun County Public Schools
The School District of Lee County Schools
Escambia County School District
DeKalb County School District
Buford City Schools
American Dairy Association North East
Surry County Schools
Starkist Tuna
Valparaiso Community Schools
Greeley-Evans
Hamilton County – Food & Nutrition Services
Hamilton County School District
Pelham Nutrition & Wellness
Tuscaloosa County
Ware County
Columbia County Nutrition
Dairy Council of Florida
Dallas Independent School District
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
SDVOSB
Texas Association for School Nutrition
N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Fulton County Schools
School Nutrition Association
Georgia School Nutrition Association
Newton County Schools
Georgia Department of Education
Bibb County Schools

Client’s Feedback

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Ingenious Culinary Concepts has transformed the industry. From school breakfast to lunch, we’ve wowed everyone from the food service director to the lunch lady.

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Jeremy Berry

Kern Halls never disappoints, his passion for the Child Nutrition Industry and love for children nation wide is unreal. His ingenious ideas on marketing is on a different level. Simple things you don’t even think about. Yet it’s not just about increasing revenue, it’s about really caring for those kids who need you and look up to. Because one day they will look back and think of you.. Be passionate and pay it forward to our next generation.. That’s what Kern Halls is all about. Invite him into your district, think outside the box, find those ingenious ideas and roll with them. It will help you change the world! Help one kid in your life, find that passion change the world and the effects will be unreal.. Kern Halls you inspire me, let the life changing event begin!

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Amanda Venezia

Amanda Venezia

Amazing company that continues to inspire me on marketing and connecting with my stakeholders. Kern Halls has done a two day on site with my school district, assessing our strengths and weaknesses and helping to propel us to the next level of success. He is an expert in the field and continues to support us with marketing material. Highly recommend!

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Suzette Moe

Suzette Moe, Maricopa Unified Schools

Kern is on top of his game. Great organizer, great ideas - immediately responded to any questions.

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Donette Worthy

Director of Child Nutrition, Tuscaloosa County School System

Kern is amazing to work with. He has conducted several on-site trainings with our staff and he was able to keep over 200 team members engaged during the entire training! He has been by far their favorite professional development trainer. He has also been great to work with on projects within our Child Nutrition program!

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Dr. Dana Bing

Assistant Director, Richmond County Child Nutrition Program

The website bridged a generational gap fostering communication and collaboration.

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Ingenious Culinary Concepts has developed self-administered programs to help you succeed in building your food service program to rival any higher education (college) foodservice program.

From facilitating your own student focus groups to our innovative Just Add Students program, you’re covered with proven systems to help you get results.

Browse our programs and find what fits your particular needs.

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Digital Services

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One of the best ways to expand your reach and effectiveness is through our digital marketing services.

Increase participation and revenues by implementing a well-researched and proven marketing strategy.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure where to start or you already have some of the elements in place, we’ll come along side you and create exactly what you need to succeed.

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