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UC Davis  | FARM-TO-FORK  | SEPTEMBER 08, 2021 After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival is returning, much to the delight of the region’s foodies and culinary experts. And for the first time ever, a hospital chef is highlighted to lead the week’s much sought-after dinner. Executive chef Santana Diaz will lead a group of top Sacramento chef's to serve a 5-course dinner at this year's  Visit Sacramento  Tower Bridge Dinner. Chef Diaz and his team will prepare over 800 dinners for guests using locally sourced healthy and sustainable ingredients. Read the full article HERE .
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From IFMA Website: Antoinette “Toni” Watkins, MS, RDN, System Director of Food & Nutrition Services at Riverside Health System, was named the 2021 Gold Plate Award recipient by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) during the 67th Annual Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration. Watkins, representing the Health Care category, was nominated by Basic American Foods and was selected from an impressive slate of this year’s Silver Plate winners. Read The Full Article HERE
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AHF Announces Ralph Goldbeck as 2021 Making A Difference Award Winner Ralph Goldbeck Honored as Leader in AHF and Self-Operated Foodservice Industry Washington, D.C. – September 1, 2021 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) announced Ralph Goldbeck, Director of Kitchens to To Go by mobile modular as the winner of the 2021 Making A Difference Award for his steady leadership and dedication to AHF and its community of operators and vendors. The award was presented at the AHF 2021 Annual Conference at the Omni Dallas in Dallas, Texas. The AHF Making a Difference Award recipient is selected by the AHF Industry Advisory Board Chair and given ...
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Washington, D.C. – September 1, 2021 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) recognized the winners of its 2021 national awards at its annual conference on August 25, 2021 in Dallas, TX. The AHF awards program consists of seven categories ranging in themes that cover exceptional leadership to improved operations and recognition for managers new to the industry. “Even with all of the challenges we’ve encountered this year, these individuals have still made significant contributions to their facilities and inspired many others in our ever-changing industry,” said AHF President Ryan Conklin, Director and Executive Chef of UNC REX Healthcare. “It’s ...
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AHF Honors Martha Rardin With Industry Lifetime Achievement Award Foodservice System Director and mentor celebrated for her 42 year career   Washington, D.C. – September 1, 2021 –The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) announced on August 25, 2021, at it’s 2021 Annual Conference in Dallas, TX, that Martha Rardin of Hendricks Regional Health is the winner of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award is in recognition of her 42-year career in the healthcare foodservice industry during which she mentored many, served as an example of exemplary leadership, and dedicated her life and career to caring for her staff and patients. “Martha’s ...
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The Association for Healthcare Foodservice hosted a successful in-person 2021 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas August 23-26 at the Omni Dallas. AHF brought together nearly 400 operators and vendor partners from across the country to network, learn, and honor 2021 awardees. The conference spanned over three days highlighting key concepts and innovations that operators and vendors have developed over the past 2 years.  The conference theme was "Playbook for the Future: Reset, Renew, and Reconnect". Attendees each received a beautiful design playbook filled with tips, tricks, and information from all of AHF's 2021 speakers allowing them to instantly bring back ...
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Washington, D.C. – August 25, 2021 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) announced the gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team winners of the 2021 AHF annual Culinary Competition. Gold medal winners David Brue, Derrick Claprood, and Amy Patton were presented with the top award at the Culinary Reception during the AHF Annual Conference at the Omni Dallas in Dallas, Texas. Each of the five teams had to utilize a mandatory market basket concept and mystery ingredient. Teams chose either 1 item from Market basket A and 2 from Market basket B or chose 3 items in Market basket B to create their original recipe. Each original recipe was required ...
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By   Julianne Pepitone   on Aug. 09, 2021 | Foodservice Director LinkedI For operations looking to maximize supply, the team at John Knox Village has some ideas. Supply is always top of mind for FSDs, from labor and food to the tools on hand, and that’s truer than ever during the COVID-fueled crunch. So it’s crucial that operations reap the full benefits of everything—and everyone—on hand. Read the full article HERE .
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Mike Buzalka   |   Jul 12, 2021 | Food Management Supporting its existing staff, leveraging automation solutions to ensure continued efficient, quality customer service and emphasizing nutritious, sustainable meal options are the three priorities for Spectrum Butterworth Hospital as it comes out of the pandemic. Read the full article here.
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Tara Fitzpatrick   |   Jul 14, 2021 | Food Management A taste of the tropics has been the celebratory way to say “aloha again” to retail traffic for Advocate Condell Medical Center and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, both part of Advocate Aurora Health, a large hospital system in the Chicago area. Read the full article here.
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Mike Buzalka   |   Jul 14, 2021 Best Concepts: Mobile carts at Rush Medical Center add convenience, reduce café congestion Rush University Medical Center’s mobile cart program has been named winner of the 2021 FM Best Concept Award in the Best Customer Service category. Read the full article here.
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We are proud to announce the following recipients of the 2021 PSJAHF continuing education scholarships.  Brandy McDermott CDM is from Langhorne PA and is currently working at Pennswood Village. She is pursuing a BS in Nutrition at Cedar Crest College. Lydia Mullin is from Caldwell, NJ and is a Senior at LaSalle University, pursuing a BS in Nutrition.   Kevin Collins is from Levittown PA and is currently employed at Inglis House in Philadelphia. He is a lifelong food industry professional and is the first ever recipient of a new scholarship specifically designed to help worthy individuals obtain their CDM certification.   PSJAHF has now ...
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On Sunday, May 23, 2021, former ASHFSA (American Society for Healthcare Food Service Administrators) and HFM (Healthcare Foodservice Management) president Paul Deignan passed away. Paul B. Deignan, MPS, RD, DHCFA, 81, of Gettysburg, PA., died Sunday morning May 23, 2021 at his home. Born February 6, 1940 in Orange, NJ, he was the son of the late Joseph M. and Catherine T. (Driscoll) Deignan. He was the loving husband of Mary E. (Davis) Deignan to whom he was married for 58 years. In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by his four children, five grandchildren, a great grandchild and two siblings. Paul was a lifelong supporter of the industry having been a ...
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AHF's Self-Operated Project Committee recently released two brand-new resource documents designed to help operators with their daily successes and continued communication with their administrators and supervisors. These documents are available now to AHF members on our Self-Operated Project Committee page.  DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENTS (NEW!) Monthly/Quarterly/Annual Reporting PPT Template: A PowerPoint template that is designed to be edited by operators. Operators are encouraged to download this new resource and use it to develop your monthly, quarterly, or annual report to your supervisors or administrators. Communicating your successes and challenges ...
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AHF is thrilled to congratulate Antoinette “Toni” Watkins, MS, RDN, Director System Nutrition at Riverside Health System for winning the 2021 Silver Plate Award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA). IFMA's annual Gold & Silver Plate Awards honors the nation's leading foodservice operator talent. Silver Plate winners are nominated by IFMA members and industry leaders, then selected by a distinguished jury including national trade press, foodservice experts and past Gold & Silver Plate award winners. Toni will be honored with her award virtually on September 14, 2021.  Toni joins a distinguished list of previous IFMA Silver ...
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2021 State of the Healthcare Foodservice Industry Report Participate in AHF's Inaugural Survey The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) is conducting a comprehensive survey on the healthcare foodservice industry with a focus on acute care hospitals. The findings will be gathered into a State of the Industry Report, available later this Fall. The findings will also consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on operations as well as look ahead to what operators are projecting in the future. The study will cover patient dining, retail, and future trends on the horizon. Participate in our 10-15 minute survey and choose to be entered in a chance ...
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Mike Buzalka   |   May 21, 2021 | Food Management Ben Butler, vice president of culinary services for senior community operator Kendal, talks about its newest site and the special dining program planned for it. Pennsylvania-based Kendal, which operates over a dozen CCRCs around the country, is in the process of developing Enso Village, a $300 million continuing care retirement community in Healdsburg, California, in conjunction with Greenbrier Development and the San Francisco Zen Center. The company describes Enso Village as “a zen-inspired life plan community [that will] focus on mindful aging, the joys of nature, environmental stewardship, ...
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By  Amanda Baltazar  on May 24, 2021 | Foodservice Director Last month, Hunterdon Healthcare in Flemington, N.J., launched its new E-Cafe2U initiative with the goal of feeding more customers and offering greater variety. Director of Nutrition Services Angela O’Neill aimed to serve 40 people a day through the program—and she’s getting there, with numbers slowly climbing. Read the full article HERE.
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Jennifer Crain   |   May 24, 2021 | Food Management When the Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, under the direction of Mark Hudgins, went into lockdown, the culinary staff got creative in order to meet the needs of its 400 residents. To make them more comfortable, deliver fresh meals, and promote community connections during the most restrictive months, they slimmed down their menu offerings and offered special snack deliveries. Read the full article HERE.
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Foodservice Director | Julianne Pepitone | May 10, 2021 See what’s in store for Steve Cerullo’s operation, Geisinger Health, which was named FSD’s May Foodservice Operation of the Month. Steve Cerullo is the Senior Director of Foodservice and incoming director at large for AHF's Board of Directors. The Q&A covers impacts of the pandemic, communication strategies, and goals for the upcoming year. Congratulations Steve and the Geisinger Foodservice Team!  Read the full article.
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