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August 16, 2013

Two Finalists from Wisconsin Named in National Restaurant Association Operator Innovations Awards

Two finalists from Wisconsin were named in the National Restaurant Association's 2013 Operator Innovations Awards.

Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee – Food Safety: An internal education and standards program for cook chill systems. The effectiveness of this innovative program has not only improved costs, safety and efficiency – but also led to on-site workshops for local, state and federal inspectors that support better food safety for the greater community.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh –Sustainability: Implemented a kitchen and dining recycling program that combines a food pulper with an innovative dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester. In this process, the anerobic biodigester digests food waste and produces methane gas, used to generate electricity that meets up to 10% of the campus’ needs. Other byproducts include rich compost and space heat.

Three finalists in each of the five categories: Food Safety, Health and Nutrition, Menu Development, Sustainability and Technology were brought to Chicago for the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in May. The winners in each category as well as an Innovator of the Year, selected from all finalists, were announced live in Chicago during the Destination: Celebration gala on Saturday, May 18. The finalists from Wisconsin were not selected as national winners.

For more information and for a list of national winners of the Operator Innovations Awards visit http://show.restaurant.org/Attend/Attractions/Operator-Innovations-Awards

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