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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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Quick Coin Profits  <br>Keeping Bulk Vending and Redemption Machines Earning

Quick Coin Profits
Keeping Bulk Vending and Redemption Machines Earning

August 26, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova Clean, shiny machines full of fresh, appealing items – that’s the recipe for revenue at bulk vending and redemption game machines, according to a survey of industry veterans. “The best way to keep them earning is to make sure they’re full and clean,” affirmed Jonathan Zale, who owns Vending of Texas in […]

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Inventive Eateries <br> Tips to Do Well with Food Service

Inventive Eateries
Tips to Do Well with Food Service

April 12, 2016 No Comments

By Karen Appold Getting food to sell well at zoos, aquariums and museums isn’t rocket science. At John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids Mich., Jodi Young, food and beverage manager, suggested having some unique offerings. “Many guests visit with their families as a getaway and are looking for something decadent or new that they might […]

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Lasting Successes with  Temporary Food Carts <br>Trends at Zoos, Aquariums and Parks

Lasting Successes with Temporary Food Carts
Trends at Zoos, Aquariums and Parks

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova It’s a three-mile walk all the way around the lions, elephants and bears at Zoo Miami. And Florida is hot – so dehydrated patrons are grateful for a cold beer or soda from a cart along the way. “People tend to get thirsty a lot faster than they get hungry,” said Christopher […]

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Fun Foods and Soft Serve Trends <br> The Snack Hits at Amusement Parks, Waterparks,  Zoos and Aquariums

Fun Foods and Soft Serve Trends
The Snack Hits at Amusement Parks, Waterparks, Zoos and Aquariums

January 4, 2016 No Comments

  What is hot when it comes to fun foods? Traditional items like hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream are always in style, but parks, zoos and aquariums are finding that options such as wraps, barbecue and even crepes appeal to visitors. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo., welcomes approximately […]

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Amusement Park Food <br> Trends in Menus, Dining Spaces and Staffing

Amusement Park Food
Trends in Menus, Dining Spaces and Staffing

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By June Allan Corrigan Thrill seekers of all ages gravitate to amusement parks for a good time. For sustenance they’ve long relied on typical amusement park fare  –  hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, etc.  –  but some on-site food venues are kicking things up a notch. Adventurous menus and dining spaces are livening the scene, clearly […]

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Whetting Guests’ Appetites <br> How to Increase Food Sales at Waterparks

Whetting Guests’ Appetites
How to Increase Food Sales at Waterparks

August 27, 2015 No Comments

Waterparks know how to sell fun. Hosting hundreds of guests daily who spend hours working up an appetite, experienced professionals at waterparks also know how to feed hungry guests. Zoombezi Bay, a 22.7-acre waterpark with more than 400 employees, is located in Powell, Ohio, adjacent to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Since 2008, guests have […]

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