Mike Buzalka

Executive Features Editor,
Food Management

Mike Buzalka is executive features editor of Food Management and has served the magazine in this capacity since 1998. Before that, he was executive editor of The Foodservice Distributor magazine. Mike covers news, operations, management and supply chain issues for the magazine. 

The Renovated Kimball Dining Hall at Holy Cross

A major renovation, the first in more than 20 years, has completely transformed the only all-you-care-to-eat dining hall on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross. Combined with a new unlimited meal plan for the school’s 2,400+ resident students, the overhaul boosted traffic at Kimball Dining Hall by around 30 percent in the fall 2014 semester.

Beyond the 50 College Power Players 
A follow-up special report from FM profiles schools with on-campus resident populations of at least 6,000.
Gingerbread Houses Show Onsite Dining Creativity
Eye-popping examples of a holiday season staple.
SHFM Honors Members at 2014 Annual Conference

The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management (SHFM) honored a number of members during its recent annual conference. Here are the winners of those awards.

Hail to the Victuals: A Look at the New South Quad Dining Hall
The spectacular new South Quad dining hall boasts 10 micro-restaurants and almost a thousand seats
Food Trucks Proliferate on Campuses
Take a look at some of the new mobile eateries that set up shop this fall…
FM Best Concept Winners Honored at MUFSO
Representatives of each winning concept received their award trophies on stage
Onsite Dining a Value at Bose 
High tech audio firm shows commitment with extensive renovation and upgrade program.
Bon Appetit Challenges Chefs to Go Local 
Bon Appetit’s annual Eat Local Challenge tests chefs’ ingenuity and creativity.
Technology Is Altering Operator-Customer Interaction
MUFSO panel offers insight on how tech is changing ordering, payment, customer relations, back-office management and just about everything else in foodservice.
Reworking Dining at Walter Reed 
Multi-phase upgrade project yields new patient room service, retail operations.
Best College Dining Halls? We'll Show You Best College Dining Halls…

An online article at Thrillist.com caught our eye recently. It was titled The 14 Best Dining Halls in America. Curious, since it is our job to cover this segment, we decided to see what they had come up with. Turns out the list isn't about dining halls at all, at least not really.

Red and Yellow Cards Flag Off-Diet Patient Trays

In soccer, the yellow card is a warning, while the red card means ejection. At the University of North Carolina Hospitals, both cards are warnings of different degrees to patients who order meals under the institution’s liberalized diet approach that are inappropriate for their conditions (no, they don’t get ejected if they don’t comply).

Best of Show: Restaurant Associates 
President Ed Sirhal emphasizes quality, acceptability and execution
Why Douglas County Pulled Its High Schools Out of NSLP
Affluent district fights to keep students on campus at lunch with healthy but attractive commercial-style offerings.

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