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An Heirloom Primer

food5_june12When is a food “heirloom,” and when is it “heritage”? And is buying “local” more or less beneficial to the planet than buying “organic”? Here’s a briefing on teaching the meaning of popular food buzzwords to students.

By G. Allen Akmon, CEC, CHE

Accept the fact that when you decided on an exciting career within the foodservice industry, you were headed on a journey of lifelong learning. In order to help you solidify that notion, you are likely attempting to keep up a steady diet of the latest menu-enhancing buzzwords and current trends that rely in large part on historical and/or sustainable products. The verbiage can be overwhelming or even mystical in the fact that many seem to be using the terminology in a slightly different fashion.

Now consider the fact that if you are in the field of educating future generations of culinarians, it is not quite enough just to be familiar with terms like heirloom, antique and heritage.

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Trends from Candyland

food4_june12New confections and snacks offer a reliable barometer of consumers’ evolving flavor demands and food choices, as revealed at the 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo.

Fun fruits and shared sweets, foreign flavors and healthy snacks are emerging as the trends to meet the ever-evolving appetites of consumers. The 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which began on the last day of this year’s NRA Show in Chicago, featured new products from more than 560 companies leading the industry with the new flavors that meet consumers’ tastes.

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“Better For You” Barbecue

food3_june12It’s barbecue season, after all. Here are 10 tips from an educator and registered dietitian to make dishes served at the time-honored American backyard celebration both delicious and more healthful.

By Renee Zonka, RD, CEC, CHE

At the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts in Chicago, one of the biggest trends we see in healthy eating among Americans is a desire for “better for you” dishes. Foods can be mouth-watering and satisfying, yet with lower saturated fat, calories or sodium or more dietary fiber—or all of these.

Barbecuing is an excellent opportunity to serve more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, leaner meats and antioxidant-rich seafoods—because virtually everything tastes better when cooked outdoors.

Here are 10 easy, delicious ideas for “Building a Better-for-You Barbecue”:

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Culinary Research Center Meets Formulation Needs for Fats and Oils

food2_june12As foodservice operators and food manufacturers aim to remove trans fats and reduce saturated fats from foods, functionality and taste will remain the top priorities. This means that ingredient companies must provide more than simple drop-in solutions to solve food-industry problems. Research, education and culinary support are essential for food companies to offer healthier products. To develop a new product or improve the nutrition profile of a customer’s favorite food, companies can now look to ingredient partners for culinary resources and expertise.

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What Will It Take to Make School Foodservice Healthy?

food1_june12There are many different ways that healthier options can be made available to students in school cafeterias. It is up to culinary educators to take action and make these changes happen.

By Jenni Schouppe

Trying to offer more healthy options and choices for school lunches has become a hot topic across the country. The big question has become: How can schools do this with the amount of money and funding they receive to run their foodservice? What can we do as educators to help make this change?

As childhood obesity rises in this county, it has become imperative that more healthy choices be made available to students in the school foodservice. To make this happen, it is also imperative that staff, students and families become educated in how to make this happen.

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