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. 

Gustavus Adolphus College
Waste not want not at Gustavus Adolphus College
The dining program composts all its recyclable waste, including all disposables, which is then used to fertilize the school’s garden, the Big Hill Farm, which in turn supplies produce to the campus kitchens.
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Holyoke makes $50 million commitment to campus community 
A major construction project will consolidate all onsite dining into a single facility to draw students together.
Cambridge Schools
Cambridge tops Niche.com’s Best School Food in America listing 
Local purchasing, student and community input power the district’s meal program.
Prescott College
Weekly community meal a tradition at Prescott College 
Every Wednesday during the school year, students come together with staff and community members for a free soup-and-bread repast.
Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Newton-Wellesley Hospital highlights local products, pushes healthy eating 
Simple-to-understand “EAT” labels inform diners of the relative healthfulness of the café’s various offerings.
Cartwright Schools
Cartwright Schools a HealthierUS Challenge pacesetter 
District overcomes obstacles posed by “tiny” school kitchens to successful feed an average of about a thousands students per site.
Huntsville Hospital
Huntsville Hospital dining delivers the goods—literally—at lunchtime 
The staff at this nearly 900-bed healthcare facility has a meal delivery option at lunchtime.
Anniston City Schools
Anniston goes five for six in winning highest HealthierUS honors 
The award-winning district had to make some significant changes in its already popular meal program.
University of Alabama
Capital projects double campus dining pleasure at the University of Alabama 
Two construction projects not only almost tripled the total space used by the university’s main residential and retail dining venues but also allowed significant upgrades to the quality of the food served.
power players
Meet the 2016 FM Power Players
We highlight some under-the-radar operations in five states.
Report claims nearly half of college students food insecure
Even among meal plan enrollees, 43 percent reported experiencing food insecurity.
Dining workers strike at Harvard 1
University Dining announces altered hours, modified menus, some closures of dining sites while action lasts.
food truck
Food truck replaces high school’s closed cafeteria
While the brick-and-mortar eatery is shuttered for an extensive rebuild, students at one California high school get their meals from the district’s new mobile serving station.
UK Hospital opens spectacular new dining court  1
Chandler Dining Center offers an array of meal options from nine serving stations ranging from Asian and grill to deli and Chef’s Table.
Take a tour of the University of Kentucky Hospital’s new Chandler Dining Center 1
The new nine-station Chandler Dining Center at the University of Kentucky Hospital offers an array of meal options, from freshly made sushi to a rotating Chef’s Table menu, practically around the clock.

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