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. 

Best New Facility: Innovation Brew Works 
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
2015 Best Concept Awards
Nine onsite operations were recently honored by Food Management as winners of the 2015 Best Concept Awards in individual operational categories.
Best Special Event: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner 
Holmen (Wisc.) School District
Best Special Event: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, Holmen (Wisc.) School District 
Holmen Schools' event served as a dramatic way to illustrate the idea of where food comes from to students.
Best of Show: University of California San Francisco Medical Center 
The appeal of UCSFMC’s retail offerings is boosted by Smart Choice Smart U,
Best Concepts Best of Show Winner: UCSF Medical Center 
UCSFMC has deployed the most sophisticated and effective technologies and processes available to make its retail and patient dining programs cost-effective, efficient and customer-friendly.
Best Menu: Ironsides Waffles food truck 
Tulane University/Sodexo
Best Menu: Ironsides Waffles food truck, Tulane University/Sodexo 
Ironsides Waffles uses a creative but flexible base ingredient that is both familiar to and popular with college students to provide a wide range of both sweet and savory menu choices.
Eurest launches millennial-focused app
Corporate dining specialist's eDine program features gaming, frequency rewards, news feed, push notifications and more.
Best Convenience Retailing Concept: Kiosk program at Hilton Head High School 
Changes at Hilton Head (S.C.) High School offer not only convenience and quick service but also more variety
Penn State tests going trayless
Pilot at school's largest dining hall designed to test initiative's food waste reduction potential.
Best Renovation: The Blue Wall 

A staple of campus life since the early 1970s, the Blue Wall is located in the Lincoln D. Murray Campus Center, the highest trafficked area of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst campus (originally a campus pub, it became focused on food after the drinking age was raised to 21 in Massachusetts in 1985). In preparation for the renovation, UMass Dining surveyed students to find out what was important to them when it came to food. The results showed a definite preference for healthier, local, more sustainable options.

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