Q&A with Julie Jones, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Not only is Julie Jones the Director of Nutrition Services, OSU Wexner Medical Center but she also serves as the current president, Association for Heathcare Foodservice (AHF). We were recently honored to spend some time with Julie and pick her brain about trends and changes in the healthcare foodservice industry. 

Q: You have a very diverse career background, from student organizations, event planning to fiscal support. How did those lead you to a career in foodservice?
A: Healthcare foodservice is a very interesting animal in that we have very diverse tasks and areas of responsibility each day from patient dining to operating retail cafes or restaurants. Many of us also operate clinical nutrition services for patient care at the bedside. We also do large catering, event management, promotions, we serve as internship sites, etc. Having diversity of experience and background makes it a lot easier to do this job because the same thing never happens twice. You’re always trying to figure things out and that’s why many of us have gravitated and enjoy to these roles.

Q: What do you like most about your current position?
A: The diversity of duties is what I really like most. I also really get to do a lot around what our vision is and how we can impact the health and wellbeing of our patients, the communities and the staff that we serve, both from a food side, but as well as a nutrition side. We’ve gotten to do some really interesting things with starting community gardens to help our patients connect food and nutrition where it occurs. We are also doing some work with the mobile education kitchen to allow us to take our nutrition platform out to the community. Most people might see them as a food truck but we will actually be an education truck centered around food.

Q: How do you see this industry continuing to evolve and what impact can you have?
A: I think where we will continue to evolve is where we call the intersection of food and nutrition. In healthcare that is really what we are trying to do is improve the health, wellbeing and nutrition knowledge and the patient, community, staff and students that we serve. So it’s really trying to meld the two of them together. I’ve been in the industry for a long time and probably not until the last five years or so have you really started to see those come together in a really strong way. Whether you talk about local foods or whether you talk about how do we combine it in choice at the point of service where people make selections. I think that evolution will continue to be very strong and we are in a very unique position because we not only have the food experience behind us, here at Ohio State we have more than 50 dietitians who can actually promote the nutrition message that goes along with it.


Trends in Equipment Technology, Talk to Your Kitchen

Trends in kitchens are ever-evolving and many have staying power. Environmentally friendly equipment; productivity improvement practices; menus from farm to table and Instagram-worthy dishes; and equipment that increases food shelf life – these are just a few trends the foodservice industry must adapt to and embrace. But what is truly cutting-edge and making the most impact in the kitchen are the current innovations in technology and engineered solutions.

While it continues to grow and change, we have known for years the value of technology in our homes and our mobile lifestyles. Many commercial equipment manufacturers have recognized the value of connectivity and are applying it in the commercial kitchen. Setting the pace is Welbilt.

Welbilt has been a leader in kitchen innovation for nearly 90 years and their advances in digital technology in the kitchen are making work easier, business better, and ultimately improving the bottom line. Welbilt’s kitchen of the future offers businesses meaningful value and helps to create consistently superior guest experiences. Some of Welbilt’s newest digital tools offer solutions for communication and productivity

Do you want to focus more time on customer service? Let your equipment communicate to you. With the mobile connectivity of KitchenConnect® you can upload menus in multiple locations simultaneously from your mobile device. The digital alert system will notify you when your equipment needs cleaned or serviced. You will even be able to monitor and analyze how well your kitchen is performing remotely, 24/7. These tools will allow you to optimize your operation, save energy and costs while spending more time with your customers.

As your partner, Welbilt is dedicated to helping you leverage data that optimizes processes, improves the foodservice experience you deliver and enables your foodservice operations to succeed.

Contact Zink Foodservice to start a conversation about how Welbilt brands can meet your foodservice operations needs and how digital tools can help grow your business.


The Perfect Puree with Chef Ash

Zink Foodservice’s Chef David Ash is always cooking up new, creative and innovative ways to utilize the industry leading equipment Zink represents. Go inside Zink’s Columbus Culinary Center with Chef Ash to learn how to utilize Convotherm and Vitamix to make the perfect puree.

Want the recipe or more helpful tips on how to get the most out of your equipment? Contact Chef Ash 
or schedule a demonstration today.


Grace Your Tables with Oneida

The Oneida Group continues to be on the cutting edge in creating inspiring tabletops. Every timeless collection offered can be customized to match your desired look and feel.

Oneida’s recent brand transformation brought to light a new logo, location and several eye-catching introductions. The tagline “Designing the Dining Experience”, now part of the logo, highlights their expertise in the industry and their creative direction going forward. Also announced was the new corporate headquarters in Columbus, OH. This new facility supports the growth and commitment they have to the Midwest.

Over the course of this year, you will see a breadth of new products hit the market. Here is a sneak peek!

Look for amazing products from The Oneida Group’s portfolio of brands including Anchor Hocking, Sant’ Andrea, Buffalo, Delco, Fire-King and Stölzle.

Let Zink help you create your next tablescape with Oneida! Check out more amazing products from Oneida at www.oneidagroup.com.

Copper Barware

Enhance the temperature, aroma and overall experience of the Moscow Mule. A modern feel with gold, stainless steel and a variety of other colors for the latest in crafted cocktails.

Check out the recipe below for your next drink inspiration in one of Oneida’s copper mugs!


Lancaster Garden Blue

A timeless classic made new again! Blue toile is always a traditional favorite and this charming interpretation captures the classic design on a smooth, white body. Combine with any of the Lancaster Garden patterns for a cheerful presentation.


Studio Pottery Featuring Celadon

Inspired by the Pantone color of the year, Greenery, this nature inspired dinnerware is perfect for the vibrant and organic food choices of the chef.


Zink’s Continued Partnership Impacts Lives of Children’s Miracle Network

Zink’s Continued Partnership Impacts Lives of Children’s Miracle Network

Zink Foodservice was thrilled to once again take part in sponsoring a Miracle Child during the annual Speedway Miracle Golf Tournament in partnership with Anthony and KPS Global. All proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and goes toward state-of-the-art medical equipment, research, and advanced technologies that help save the lives of millions of children.

Diagnosed with Uveitis (a rare inflammation of the uvea that can cause blindness), 14 year old Mikey is one truly grateful Miracle Child! Now in remission after three years of infusions he is positively impacting kids with even greater challenges than his through volunteering and letting his “never give up” attitude shine.

This year’s sponsorship from Zink included a special gift of a trip to New York City to take in a Yankees baseball game! Being a huge Yankees fan, Mikey will get the opportunity to check something off his bucket list!    

We look forward to seeing how our generosity benefits incredible children like Mikey, as well the impact Mikey will have on the lives of others.

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