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Welcome to the Ingenious Culinary Concepts blog. Here you will find valuable information to help you increase the capacity of your school foodservice program. You’ll find posts from Founder and Chief Innovator, Kern Halls and we also feature guest bloggers from time to time.

10 Easy Steps to Modernize Your School Cafeteria

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 17 December 2018

First impressions can be everlasting and it can play quite an influential role in transforming student dining experiences. School nutrition programs must have an eye for detail that ensures the school cafeteria is not only aesthetically appealing but is also fully equipped to interest the student customer. K-12 aesthetics is a major part of driving […]

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10 Successful Website Designing Tips for Child Nutrition Website

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 13 December 2018

What purpose do you think your child nutrition program website serves? A child nutrition website is one key representation of your program in the ever-happening world of technology. It is a lens through which students, parents, staff and other stakeholders interact with your operation. External stakeholders often gauge the credibility a CNP from the way […]

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10 Promotional Ideas to Boost Cafeteria Sales

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 10 December 2018

As institutions of learning, K-12 dining halls should be a natural place to enlighten student customers and their parents about healthy food options. Instilling healthy meal habits, starting your day with a wholesome school breakfast is what every K-12 school food service program should aim for. You are probably well aware, that many school nutrition […]

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The Complete Guide to K-12 Kitchen Design

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 06 December 2018

The heart and soul of a K-12 cafeteria design lies in the kitchen. Whether you are laying the foundation of a brand new school’s new lunchroom, expanding on an existing one or looking to remodeling it, you should have the parameters that define an efficient student dining area chalked out in front of you. Designs […]

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5 Steps: How to Design an Outstanding Cafeteria

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 03 December 2018

K-12 food service programs around the country are facing the ever-increasing and highly competitive challenge of ensuring customer value. A combination of factors go into determining whether K-12 leaders are “delivering on par” as it plays a crucial role in making it stand out from the crowd! Gone are the days when the traditional school […]

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How to Manage Food Waste in School Dining Programs for a More Sustainable Future

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 26 November 2018

With the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) maintaining momentum and an astounding 30million students participating on a daily basis, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the a mountof food waste generated by K-12 students is estimated to have costs in the millions per year. Food waste is a major challenge plaguing the environment and […]

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5 Ways to Deliver on Personalized Food Experiences

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 22 November 2018

Creating a food experience that is personalized to a consumer’s unique tastes and needs plays a essential role in retaining student customers and instilling brand loyalty within them. K-12dining services programs shoulder great responsibility when it comes to “standing out from the crowd” and creating a holistic experience that engages the student customer and ensures […]

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Ten K-12 Dining Hall Hacks That Will Change EVERYTHING

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 19 November 2018

Generation Z is more well-aware and well-informed than any other generation that we have seen and has undoubtedly progressed with time. Hence, creating a holistic experience for this demanding generation requires a sound sense of design and also a thorough understanding of the K-12 target market with regard to what clicks with them. Nutrition experts, […]

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Find your why

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 10 May 2018

Do you ever look at your to do list and procrastinate? I always seem to focus my energies on the things I want to do as opposed to the things I have to do. I focus on that which will bring me joy, satisfaction, or sometimes even just a bit of human interaction. Then, those […]

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A Day in the Life of a Marketing Coordinator

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 03 May 2018

A Day in the Life of a Marketing Coordinator Written By: Stefanie Dove, RDN, SNS School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia When you put your passions behind a purpose, it makes finding dream job possible. That is what led me to my position as Marketing Coordinator for Loudoun County School Nutrition Services. […]

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A 4-Step Shortcut to Optimizing your Cafeteria

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 27 April 2018

Before you read the following plan to optimize your cafeteria, I want to point out that this is not theory or my opinion. This plan is based on years of research, results, and my personal experience in cafeterias all over the United States. In fact, when I work onsite with a school district, it’s one […]

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Tips on Getting the Most from MealViewer

Posted By Ingenious Culinary Concepts / 22 February 2018

As part of the renovation of two high school cafeterias in Richmond County (GA), we introduced the MealViewer web-based menu management system, which provides digital menu signage and a mobile app that allows families to access and print cafeteria menus. Operationally, this technology can help schools manage menus. As a promotional tool, it can boost […]

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