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Trends for the Times<br>  Food Service at Museums and Waterparks

Trends for the Times
Food Service at Museums and Waterparks

August 20, 2018 No Comments

By Kathryn Van Druff Cafes and food courts at museums and waterparks have come a long way from obligatory burgers and chicken tenders with fries. Today’s attractions are serving up more savory dishes that entice guests to dine in rather than going back to their cars for a bagged lunch. Here are some of the […]

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Food for the Ages<Br> Tailoring the Menu to the Demographic at  Zoos and Aquariums

Food for the Ages
Tailoring the Menu to the Demographic at Zoos and Aquariums

May 21, 2018 No Comments

As hungry visitors to zoos and aquariums nationwide can attest, having tasty food items available is key to enjoying their experience at these attractions. Zoos and aquariums nationwide offer their tips for finding the right menu selections to fit the diverse age groups at their locations, and describe trends in dining. At the Great Lakes […]

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Arranging the Kitchen Equipment  for Maximum Efficiency at  Zoos and Aquariums

Arranging the Kitchen Equipment for Maximum Efficiency at Zoos and Aquariums

April 10, 2018 No Comments

At the Dauphin Island Sea Life Estuarium’s cafeteria kitchen, the steel pots and tiled floor look rather vintage. That’s no accident.  “This was an old military base,” said Darren Harbison, the executive chef. “My service line is still the same as it was in 1950. We don’t even have a refrigerated area — everything’s packed […]

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Making the Food Fun at Family  Entertainment Centers, Amusement Parks and Waterparks

Making the Food Fun at Family Entertainment Centers, Amusement Parks and Waterparks

February 14, 2018 No Comments

By Joanna Ireland Whether you’re swooshing your way down a curving waterslide, polishing your swing in the batting cages, hoping to increase your bowling score to 150, or ducking and rolling to avoid a tag, playing hard works up quite the appetite! While rides and activities might be what initially put smiles on visitors’ faces, […]

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Keeping Parks Cooking  <br>The Best Kitchen Equipment and Design Features

Keeping Parks Cooking
The Best Kitchen Equipment and Design Features

October 18, 2017 No Comments

For many patrons, food and drink is an integral part of the amusement park experience. Even those who can barely stand to pull themselves away from the attractions that brought them to the facility in the first place need sustenance eventually. The trick then for culinary staff is to deliver fare that is both delicious […]

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Arenas, Stadiums and Waterparks <br>Where the Food Hits Keep Coming

Arenas, Stadiums and Waterparks
Where the Food Hits Keep Coming

August 28, 2017 No Comments

You might come for the game, the concert, or the splashing fun, but eventually, you’ll want a bite to eat. At arenas, stadiums, and waterparks nationwide, food trends among guests are carefully evaluated, resulting in crave-able tasty treats. At Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Executive Chef Jason Choate has created many varied new dishes for […]

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Light Bites and Sit-Down Meals <br> What’s on the Menu at Animal and Art Attractions

Light Bites and Sit-Down Meals
What’s on the Menu at Animal and Art Attractions

April 6, 2017 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald Menus at museums, zoos and aquariums can range between the very basic (water and snacks in the gift shop) to the very sophisticated (multi-course meals in a formal dining space prepared by a famous chef). Many venues – which may not have a background with hospitality – have opted to outsource […]

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Tips to Trim Food Costs  Insights from Museums, Zoos and Aquariums

Tips to Trim Food Costs Insights from Museums, Zoos and Aquariums

February 13, 2017 No Comments

By Karen Appold Improving the bottom line is a common goal among businesses. When looking at how to save money on food costs, individuals who manage zoos, aquariums and museums had lots of advice to offer. For instance, Jodi Young, food and beverage manager, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids, Mich., suggested using an inventory system. […]

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Fresh and From Scratch<br>How Amusement Parks Are Raising the Stakes to Offer Better Food

Fresh and From Scratch
How Amusement Parks Are Raising the Stakes to Offer Better Food

November 22, 2016 No Comments

The locavore trend has arrived at your local amusement park. Fresh, locally sourced foods and customized menu items are transforming a culinary landscape long dominated by frozen hot dogs, processed chicken fingers and generic soda pop. “Fresh and from scratch – that’s what people want these days,” said Frank Padilla, director of food operations at […]

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The Dish <br>The Hottest Food Trends at Zoos and Aquariums

The Dish
The Hottest Food Trends at Zoos and Aquariums

October 25, 2016 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald The Call of the Wild Food Court at the Minnesota Zoo serves up a steady supply of Aldo’s burgers in a dining room overlooking a lake. Open year-round, the dining destination is one of several spots in the Apple Valley where guests can enjoy a meal or a snack. The zoo’s […]

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