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. 

Trinity to take over Michigan prison food contract
The state and former contractor Aramark mutually agree to end three-year deal.
FAU's The Feasting Dead 

The Feasting Dead event at Florida Atlantic University last Halloween was based on “The Walking Dead” and featured zombie actors roaming the dining hall while each station was fully decorated and named after various components of the television show, such as the Prison, the Greene Family Farm, Woodbury and Terminus.

University of New Hampshire's “Toy Story” event

These “cosmic cupcakes” were part of the menu at the “Toy Story” event at the University of New Hampshire in February. A conference room was transformed into “Andy’s room” filled with games, toys, photo opportunities, an ice cream bar and live streaming of all of the “Toy Story” movies.

Michigan State’s “Game of Thrones” dinner 

Michigan State’s “Game of Thrones” dinner in April featured a medieval-themed menu that included venison stew with root vegetables, herb and sheep milk cheese pie, roast sirloin of “auroch” and carved “dragon” wings with gooseberry sauce.

UB holds "Hunger Games" event 
A particularly inventive culinary touch was having each dining station represent a Panem District that served foods complementing the characteristics of that District.
Creative special event themes educate, advocate and entertain 
The need to let off steam from academic pressures, widespread familiarity with pop culture trends and youthful energy combine to produce some rather creative events.
At a campus not so far, far away... 

At Saint Peter’s University, in Jersey City, N.J., a “Star Wars”-themed dinner menued items such as Boba Fett-uccine, Obi Wan-Kabobs and Wookie Cookies, while the original movie played on LCD screens and an employee dressed as Darth Vader patrolled the dining room to engage students in lightsaber battles.

Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte: Epic Meal Theme 

This 110-pound Bacon Double Cheeseburger was the centerpiece of the Epic Meal Time theme (based on the popular YouTube series) at Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte on April 16, part of the Student Dining Center’s Theme Thursday series.

Firms organize to combat Bay Area hunger
Revolution Foods, two partners, put together plan to gather, pack and distribute 10,000 bags worth of donated product.
Grasela moves up in Philadelphia Schools reshuffle
Longtime dining services head Wayne Grasela named acting deputy COO of the district and will be succeeded by Amy Virus.
A look at Mobile Mavens mobile dining concepts
See the Mobile Mavens concepts, as well as some of their menu selections
Bon Appetit adds to mobile fleet in Seattle  1
Three new concepts bolster the company’s foray into street-scene dining.
USDA Undersecretary tours Best Concept Award winning school program
Dr. Katie Wilson visits Holmen district to learn about school-raised chickens used for special event meal.
UT-Dallas upgrades retail options, meal plans
New meal exchange component will allow users to trade one dining hall meal swipe per day for a retail meal combo.
Unidine enters Colorado with CCRC deal
Fast growing firm now operates in 23 states.

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