According to College Board Network the average cost of attending a boarding school is $35,850/year. That's a huge financial investment on any family to make. If you want investors (students/parents) you have to give them their money's worth. Food Service is very important. Especially for teenagers residing at the school. Presentation is everything and it goes a long way. The Do's and Don'ts of Food Services for boarding schools (see below).
DON'T DO THIS
INSTEAD DO THIS
If you have a buffet bar make sure to maintain it's presence.
Every Detail Matters!
KEEP UP WITH THE PRESENTATION
DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN
The students won't eat the food
What are we doing wrong?
Teenagers love food. They burn a lot of energy throughout their day so they have to refuel. Here are some helpful tips to make the food more Attractive!
I would say 9 out of 10 times students won't try the food because they don't know what is it. Label it accordingly and with some nutritional guidance. See below:
Make Food MORE Appetizing
Take Surveys from Students (What's on their tastebuds?)
Are you cooking one style? But have many international students?
Create theme dinners/concepts (e.g. Greek Week, Asian Desserts, Spanish Shakes, etc.)
Advertise your meals with some awesome food pictures on the weekly/monthly Menu
Most Importantly LABEL the FOOD! (See Below)
I came across a food service company that had a great approach to nutrition and how to help people make heathy food choices. This is something you can use at your school's dining hall. (see below)
Eat in Moderation
Be Caution how much you eat
Eat as much as you want