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BEO "Rethink": Embedding Sustainability from Planning Stages

Aurora Dawn Benton  (Chief Change Agent, Astrapto LLC)

Molly Crouch  (Corporate Director of Sustainability, Sodexo Live!)

Location: 152

Date: Wednesday, May 4

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, CS Conference Pass, CS Premium Pass, Combined CS/TSE Education Pass

Track : CS-Events, CS-Sales & Marketing

Associations & Accreditations: CMP

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

The copy/paste approach to BEO, menu and service planning prevents achieving food waste reduction goals, introducing healthy and sustainable options, and capitalizing on other promising trends. Instead, we need to adopt the improv principle of “yes and”!
In improve, actors must be open to any plot line and expand on it. This “yes, and…” mentality is the opposite of the “we’ve always done it this way” thinking that is too common in foodservice operations. In this session, the speakers will “improv” a menu and service planning session to show how we can rethink our approach and uncover opportunities to improve social and environmental outcomes and reduce costs. Then participants will engage in table discussions about common objections to sustainability and how menu and service planning can evolve to better facilitate positive impact.