Sustainability in School Nutrition

Sustainability in School Nutrition

Ryan Cengel MS MA RD LD SNS- Registered Dietitian for the Austin Independent School District has a unique perspective on the importance of school nutrition as a former classroom teacher. Ryan has over half a decade of  experience as a classroom teacher including multiple years serving his students breakfast in the classroom. His educational background includes undergraduate degrees in culinary arts and nutrition and master’s degrees in education and nutrition. 

This episode we discuss

  • Connecting and effectively marketing to parents in the district

  • Introducing sustainable initiatives to the school nutrition program

  • Marketing salad bars in a way that captures the attention of elementary students

Building Menus that Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion

Building Menus that Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion

Jose Quinones has been touting the benefits of diversity since the 80s, long before it became to be the buzzword that it is today.  In addition to being a proponent of inclusion Jose Quinones is a a dynamic presenter and a champion for student access to delicious food that will keep them coming back to the cafeteria again and again.

This episode we discuss:

  • How to create an inclusive menu

  • Adding interest and flavor to the menu without adding sodium

  • Maximizing inventory usage Making accurate health messaging heard in a market crowded with misinformation

  • Delivering effective and captivating trainings

  • Using frontline wisdom to strengthen your operation

Customer Service as a Marketing Tool w/ Heidi Aselton and Kena Greene

Customer Service as a Marketing Tool w/ Heidi Aselton and Kena Greene

Everyone knows that customer service is important but it is rarely seen as an opportunity to add value to the client experience. Customer service can be used to set us apart from other dining options. I sat down with Heidi Aselton and Kena Green to learn more about how they use customer service as a marketing tool and consistently make the cafeteria a fun and welcoming place to be for their students and staff members alike.