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. 

Study: School meal participation linked with excess weight gain 5
Far from denigrating K-12 nutrition programs, paper’s co-author calls for more funding for initiatives like chef-to-school and farm-to-school, to help meet program goals.
Pizza “ATM” to debut at Xavier 1
The automated unit will vend freshly baked gourmet pies round-the-clock.
Tricycle cart offers economical summer feeding solution for district
Redmond Schools uses a three-wheeled mobile eatery to reach youngsters at their apartment complex homes.
Survey shows demand for onsite dining options at workplaces 1
Workers, especially in the U.S., say they would prefer having a place to get a meal or snack at their place of employment.
13 tips to make sustainability a priority in your operation 
From waste reduction and donations of excess production to offering healthier choices and practicing community outreach, Providence Health & Services walks the talk on making ecology and wellness top-of-agenda items.
District’s Energy Packs deliver variety while cutting costs and waste 
California’s Lakeside USD sees a participation boost and waste reduction from self-contained combo meal offerings.
Food truck latest addition to Greenville Schools’ meal program
The mobile eatery debuts as a summer feeding outlet but will complement cafeteria offerings during the school year at secondary school sites.
Survey: Colleges failing to meet gluten-free needs of students
A two-month survey of students with gluten-related disorders found a majority so dissatisfied they would not recommend their school to other celiac disease sufferers.
Report: Convenience factors hamper sports concessions sales
Long lines, slow service feed fan preferences for mobile, in-seat ordering, according to this multinational survey of sports fans.
A tour of Vanderbilt’s Kitchen and Market at Kissam

The Kitchen and Market is a combined prepared foods servery and 24-hour c-store for residents of Vanderbilt University’s Kissam College Halls complex, though it is also open to all other students of the university as well. The eatery is a prominent gathering place for the Kissam community, which is based on the British Oxford-Cambridge residential college model.

Dining venue facilitates living and learning environment at Vanderbilt 
Over 650 upperclass students living in the school’s College Halls at Kissam community share two meals a day at the Market and Kitchen dining center.
Best Special Event: Every Menu Has a Story at Senior Living Communities

Every Menu Has a Story is a special evening meal event featuring a custom-designed menu that is based on a story from the life of a particular resident of the community where the meal is held. The program was developed by Senior Living Communities (SLC), which operates 10 luxury retirement communities in five states. Read more about the program here.

All photos courtesy of Senior Living Communities

2016 Best Concepts Best of Show Award: Minneapolis Public Schools 

The student nutrition program at Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) has been undergoing a renaissance in the past four years under Nutrition Services Director Bertrand Weber. From a complete overhaul of the kitchen and servery infrastructure to a new emphasis on scratch preparation and fresh, often locally produced ingredients, the department has been demonstrating what is possible when visionary leadership and administrative commitment intersect to make a difference for students. Read more about MPS here. 

Best New Facility: Café 83 at Microsoft/Eurest 

Though the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash., already bristled with dozens of innovative and attractive dining options, when the company set out plans to add a new building that would include a foodservice space, the dining team came up with Café 83, which has become a customer favorite due to its unique design, artsy and fun atmosphere, delicious food offerings and value-added services. Read more about Café 83 here. 

All photos courtesy of Microsoft.

Best Menu: Tapas at Boston College 

A station deployed during the dinner period at Stuart Dining Hall on the Boston College (BC) Newton campus, Tapas offers small-portion, shareable selections from a wide range of cuisines, providing the kind of flexibility that allows the BC dining team to experiment and innovate while satisfying students wishing to try different things. Read more about BC’s Tapas program here.


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