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Coshocton Hospital Cafeteria re-opens with fresh look and new menu

| September 15, 2014

COSHOCTON – In themonth since the Coshocton Hospital Cafeteria moved its serving line to a temporary location, extensive work has been underway behind the scenes to update the design and menu to create an inviting atmosphere with fresh menu options for hospital employees and visitors. The hospital’s dietary staff proudly revealed the new serving line and menu options when it opened for the first time on Monday, Sept. 15, beginning with breakfast at 6 a.m.

In August, the hospital contracted the management of its food service operations to Sodexo, a company that specializes in food service for hospitals. To meet the company’s standards for fresh food preparation, presentation and menu development, Sodexo recognized the need to upgrade the design of the serving line and food preparation area and provided funding to the serving line renovations.

With new flooring, improved lighting and a bright new color scheme, the serving line reflects the cafeteria’s new food offerings and focus on freshness. The design of the new cafeteria includes new, modern uniforms for the staff, adding a professional appearance to food service. The line operates within the same space as before, but the new layout is designed around food that’s freshly prepared and cooked to order.

The cafeteria line begins with the daily hot meal, offering ready-made entrees such as herb rubbed tilapia, glazed Teriyaki chicken breast, or beef taco stuffed potatoes. Next in line is an exciting new feature: the “action station.” As the name suggests, this is the fast-paced location where made-to-order selections are available at weekday mealtimes. Each day will feature an action station item that will be cooked while you wait. Action station items will include delicious entrees such as mandarin chicken hand-tossed salad, chicken fajita and Mexican rice, or cheese tortellini and broccoli Alfredo.

For those in the mood for pizza or burgers, those items will also be available daily. Customers can choose from pizza and topping selections that will be baked quickly for freshness. Burgers will also be prepared to order with a cooking process that’s quick and efficient. The café also offers two soup options during the week and one on weekends, with thick and zesty chili as a daily staple paired with another soup of the chef’s choosing. The expansive salad bar remains, but grab-and-go items like ready-made salads, puddings and desserts are neatly displayed in a new refrigerated case.

With the new design and menu changes, the cafeteria is also introducing Sodexo’s Mindful Menu options. The mindful program was developed to help identify full meals, entrees, sides, soups, desserts of snacks that meet specific mindful criteria, based on various healthy organization recommendations. The theory behind the mindful mix is to give customers the most volume of food and nutrients for a given amount of calories, creating great nutrition, satisfaction and value. The “mindful” selections are noted on the menu with the mindful apple logo. The new selections also provide vegan and vegetarian options, many of which are also mindful selections, and these choices are clearly noted on the weekly menu.

The Coshocton Hospital Cafeteria is open Mondays through Fridays for breakfast from 6 to 9:30 a.m.; lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Lunch and dinner service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., respectively.


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