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Things to Do in San Antonio During SNA ANC July 8-13

The historic Alamo

The historic Alamo

We hope to see you at the School Nutrition Association’s annual ANC 2016 Conference July 8-13 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. We have prepared a list of nearby attractions to enjoy during your trip, plus links to money-saving coupons online. Be sure to say Hi to us at Booth #1518.

Things to do include:

Tower of the Americas – Located next to the Convention Center, this 750-foot-tall tower offers a 360-degree view of San Antonio. Learn more at

The Alamo – No trip to the city is complete without visiting this former Franciscan mission where, in December 1835, during Texas’ war for independence from Mexico, a group of Texan volunteer soldiers including Davy Crockett held off thousands of soldiers for 13 days. Inside the nearby Rivercenter Mall, The Battle for Texas: The Experience allows visitors to review the pivotal battle with a fully immersive and interactive adventure. Learn more at

Downtown Cathedrals – If historic architecture is your thing, you may want to check out the Main Plaza, St Mary’s Catholic Church, St Joseph Catholic Church, and the San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

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Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas

The River Walk – This area, with every form of restaurant you can imagine, is within walking distance to the Civic Center, offering lovely gardens and water features. Cabs from the Civic Center to these nearby places are very inexpensive because they really are only going a few blocks. A 35-minute boat ride is recommended to learn some interested tidbits and cut down on your walking (seniors over the age of 60 and military personnel get a discount). Learn more:

HemisFair Urban Park – Here you will find the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Magik Theatre, Yanaguana Gardens, and more. Learn more:

Briscoe Western Art Museum – Over five centuries, from the Spanish conquest to the present day, the collections of the Briscoe tell the story of the West in all its drama. Learn more:

Arneson River Theater – The beautiful and historic theater is located in the La Villita Historic Arts Village, presenting dance and musical performances. Learn more:

Find a variety of famous faces and amazing exhibits at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, the Plaza Theatre of Wax, and the Guinness World Records Museum.


If you’d rather spend your time in San Antonio relaxing than walking, you can get a treatment at one of the many spas like Alamo Plaza Spa, DASA Spa, or Mokara Spa.


Rivercenter Mall – Anchored by Macy’s, this shopping center includes such stores as H&M, Sazo’s, and The Disney Store. Restaurants include Dave & Buster’s, Chipotle, Morton’s Steakhouse, Starbucks, and Johnny Rockets. Learn more:

Market Square – The indoor farmer’s market offers souvenirs, gifts, jewelry, and apparel. Get authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine at Mi Tierra or La Margarita. Learn more:


Chart House Restaurant – Outstanding cuisine inside a revolving space atop the Tower of the Americas. See their menu:

Little Rhein Steak House – You’ll find a rustic atmosphere in the Bombach House, located inside the La Villita Historic Arts Village. See their menu at

Guenther House – Dine on breakfast and lunch in an elegantly restored 1860 home listed on the Registrar of Historic Places. See their menu:

It goes without saying that you want to make your dollar go as far as possible when visiting San Antonio. To that end, you can find money-saving discounts at and

Enjoy your visit to Alamo City and don’t forget to visit us at ANC!

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2016 ANFP Annual Conference & Expo

The ANFP Annual Conference & Expo (ACE) is being held June 10-13 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN. Make sure you stop by Booth #102 to say hello.

To make your time in the city more fun and your dollar go further, you can find discounts and coupons on deals to be found at

Here are a few ways you can make the most of your stay in Indy:


You can fill any free time you might have visiting Lucas Oil Stadium, touring downtown by trolley, bike or Segway, checking out the Western art collection at the Eiteljorg Museum, or visiting the Indianapolis Zoo. To see the full list of attractions awaiting you, check out

If your prefer serenity to sight-seeing, go for a relaxing massage at the No. 7 Salon and Spa. Visit their website.


The Circle Centre Mall is big but friendly, with multiple circular levels containing all types of stores, restaurants and a movie theater – all of it a short walk from the hotel. Visit the Circle Centre website to see what stores they have.


Visiting a new city offers a great opportunity to sample local restaurants that you do not have in your own town. Some good ones close to the JW Marriott include:

St Elmo Steak House – This restaurant has been a landmark in downtown Indianapolis since 1902 and known for its steaks, seafood and chops. Visit the St Elmo website.

Oceanaire Seafood Room – The menu is based on market availability, therefore the menu selections change each day, but you can get a sense of the venue and the food choices on their website.

Morton’s The Steakhouse – Located in the heart of downtown’s bustling Wholesale District at 41 E. Washington Street. Visit the Morton’s website.

Palomino – Located at 49 West Maryland Street, this restaurant offers artisan pizzas, soups and salads, pasta dishes, seafood, and meat/poultry items. Visit the Palomino website.

Hard Rock Café Indianapolis – Get dinner served up with rock n roll memorabilia from artists ranging from Elvis to Michael Jackson. Visit the Hard Rock Café Indy website.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood – Fresh fish prepared simply grilled, broiled or pan seared. Visit the McCormick & Schmick’s website.

Weber Grill – Delicious food prepared on authentic Weber Charcoal Kettles. Visit the Weber Grill Website:.

Yard House – The kitchen prepares over 100 items from scratch daily, including Vegetarian options, operating as a modern public house. Visit the Yard House menu website.

Find great deals on other fun dining experiences in Indianapolis at

Photos from the NAMA OneShow

We enjoyed seeing everyone at the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) OneShow on April 13-15 in Chicago.

We will select the winner of the Big $1000 Giveaway on May 3rd, 2016.





National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) OneShow

National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) OneShow

National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) OneShow

National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) OneShow

National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) OneShow

National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) OneShow

National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) OneShow


7 Ways to Increase Breakfast Participation

41781527_mlAs we near National School Breakfast Week March 7-11, Fieldstone® Bakery offers 7 helpful suggestions for getting students more excited about eating at school:

Offer a “Second-Chance Breakfast” After the First Block of Classes: King George Elementary School’s breakfast program in Virginia dramatically raised the number of breakfasts they serve students by offering a Second Chance Breakfast in addition to the regular breakfast that is served before classes start. It allows the children to pick up their breakfast in the cafeteria and eat in their classrooms while doing class work. The cafeteria went from serving between 10 and 50 students a day at 7:15 a.m. to serving between 90 and 225 students at the second-chance breakfast. Second Chance Breakfast may be referred to by a variety of names, such as Breakfast After First Period, School Brunch or Mid-Morning Nutrition Break.

Add the Grab n’ Go School Breakfast Model: Serving easy-to-eat and easy-to-clean items from mobile service carts in hallways solves multiple issues that could discourage participation. Students can pick up conveniently packaged breakfasts and eat in the cafeteria, the classroom or elsewhere on school grounds. This model is often used in middle and high schools because it is so flexible and can accommodate varying schedules. After it was implemented for the 2014-2015 school year, Grab N Go increased participation by over 120% at Beardstown Junior/High School in Illinois, where over 73% of the school’s student population was eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Sample with Students for Feedback: Survey students using a breakfast survey for their likes and dislikes. Offer taste-tests with small, sample-sized portions during breakfast or lunch. Form a student committee for their input. Announce the results of the taste-test. The National Food Service Management Institute surveyed 11th grade students in two states and found that students wanted to be more involved in providing suggestions and evaluating food products. Participation may increase if your students feel they have input into what is served, as well as familiarity with products they sampled and liked.

Use the School Lunch Menu to Promote Breakfast to Students, Parents and Employees: The selling points need to be shared in promotional materials communicated to students, parents and school employees such as monthly articles on the menus. Parents should be aware that children who eat school breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, drink more milk and eat more fruit every day, feel full between meals, and may improve their concentration, alertness, comprehension, memory, and learning. Faculty need to be made aware that if their campus increases school breakfast participation, it may receive more reimbursement, giving them a greater ability to offer nutritious foods such as fresh produce that would otherwise have been too expensive to regularly provide.

Host a contest: Work with the art or health teacher to have students create posters with food, nutrition, or health messages. Decorate the cafeteria with the artwork to raise awareness. The first, second and third place artists could each receive a small prize. Raffles and contests can also be used to create excitement in the cafeteria during morning hours.

Offer incentives to students and staff who regularly eat the school breakfast: This could be a breakfast at a reduced price for staff after eating a certain number of meals in the cafeteria. You could offer a small prize to students who eat the school breakfast a pre-determined number of times. Offer a free breakfast item to students who “bring a friend” to breakfast with them for the first time and a free breakfast item to the friend.

Check Out the Competition: It makes sense to give school breakfast items names similar to those foods found at popular chain restaurants as well as similar packaging. Get busy parents thinking about the convenience of the student stopping by the cafeteria once dropped off at school versus making an extra stop at a fast food restaurant and waiting in line at a drive-thru. Have students craving quality food choices that rival what they can eat in their parent’s car on their way to school.

We hope these suggestions are helpful as you research ways to increase participation in your school’s breakfast program.

“A Successful New School Breakfast Program in King George: Schools Kids Can Choose When, Where to Eat”, Backstrom, Sara. The Free Lance-Star. Web. 15 January 2016.

“Schools Implement Meal Programs That Keep Kids in Classroom”. Kritsch, Magen. The Daily Journal., Franklin, IN. 17 January 2016. Web.

“Increasing Participation by High School Students in School Lunch Program”. A publication for Child Nutrition Professionals citing findings from the Child Nutrition Program Director’s/Supervisor’s Survey Guide, NFSMI-R-28-97, University, MS. National Food Service Management Institute. PDF.

“Why is Breakfast in the Classroom Needed?” Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom. Web. 26 February 2016.

Food Research and Action Center. Breakfast for Learning: Scientific research on the link between children’s nutrition and academic performance. Available at:

“A Guide to Increasing School Breakfast Participation: NEA Health Information Network & Share Our Strength”. PDF. Viewed 26 2016 February.

“Grab N Go Breakfast increases participation by over 120% in Beardstown”. Rise & Shine Illinois. Web. Viewed 26 February 2016.

“Expanding School Breakfast Participation”. Food Research & Action Center. Web. Viewed 26 February 2016.

“Marketing Strategies to Increase Breakfast Participation”. Ohio Department of Education. Web. Viewed 1 March 2016.

Written by Steven Stiefel

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2015 ANFP Annual Conference & Expo

salt-lakeyANFP’s Annual Conference & Expo is being held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Central in Orlando, Florida, from August 2until August 5. Orlando is a beautiful, sunny city, so why not take full advantage of your time in town! Here are a few ways you can make the most of your stay:


Just a mile from Hyatt Regency, Downtown Disney® is the perfect place to go for shopping, food, and entertainment all in one! DD offers a host of restaurants (Ghirardelli®, Wolfgang Puck® Grand Café, Rainforest Café®, to name just a few) and unique shops and gives you some of the Disney experience without shelling out the park’s ticket prices!

Visit the Downtown Disney® website

If you need some time to relax, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has just the thing for you: the Marilyn Monroe Spa, on location at Hyatt Regency. What better way to pamper yourself?

Visit The Marilyn Monroe Spa at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress website

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