The mission of Fresh Ideas is to provide excellence in food service management. We will have personal pride in all we do through commitment, confidence and professionalism.


Our innovation and flexibility to create a dining service program tailored to the needs of our partners is a compelling reason why Fresh Ideas is right for your institution. A fresh approach to dining is both possible and very powerful - and we’re ready to share our innovation and expertise. Thank you for this opportunity to establish a warm, lasting partnership.


Fresh Ideas is committed to making every aspect of your food service healthy and wonderful.


Fresh Ideas is a dynamic food service management company. Our market concentration focuses on academic institutions and business and industry accounts. Our extensive staff of talented chefs and expert food service professionals provide the freshest, highest quality, best tasting, full service food operation. Fresh Ideas is committed to making every aspect of your food service healthy and satisfying, while meeting your financial objectives and sustainability of our communities and our world.

Whether it's grade school or college, private or public, dining is the heart of the school experience. Our management team understands the special requirements and the needs of these institutions. We prepare healthy, well balanced meals in a comfortable and safe environment. We decrease costs and develop services that increase client revenues. These are just a few things we bring to the table.

Any food service company can prepare food for a campus. What, in turn, becomes the key to success is the way in which we interact with students, faculty, and staff ensure the food and services we provide exceed expectations.


Fresh Ideas ensures competitive wages, provides opportunities for professional and personal development, creates an environment where employees feel empowered and see room for upward growth and promotion from within the company.

What we do is food service; who we ARE is Fresh Ideas - an employee family focused on strength, compassion, creativity and continuously improved service.


“Fresh Ideas corporate management knows how to select local leadership that meets the unique needs of that project they will be serving. In addition, corporate management has made every effort in continual communication with me to review and measure the success of their project.”

Ronald H. Maupin
CFO, Vice President for Administration
Southwest Baptist University

“I particularly appreciate the strong customer service orientation that has been evident from the beginning of our partnership. Our experience with Fresh Ideas has been very positive, and I would recommend that this firm be given serious consideration in food service contract negotiations. The management staff is dedicated to providing excellent food and service, and they have demonstrated their ability to accomplish goals and accommodate students' tastes”

Marianne E Inman
President, Central Methodist University

“Beyond the international flavor of the menu, our Fresh Ideas team has been responsive to a wide range of student input and is regularly adjusting the menu offerings based on student demand. They provide ample dietary alternatives for those seeking vegetarian options as well as for students who require gluten-free meals”

Barney Forsythe
President, Westminster College

"I just have to say that every member that works in Gander Dining Hall is such a pleasure to be around! Everyone is so sweet and friendly, it really brightens up my day! Thank you to the employees for making us great food and having such a positive attitude!"

Brooke Bennet



We focus on what the students want, offering menus for even the most discriminating tastes with variety, convenience, and nutrition in mind. Our service-oriented staff aim to please your diverse population with their commitment to cuisine and customer service.

Fresh Ideas has maintained a 100% retention rate for colleges and universities since our inception. Again, our success is due to our concentration on what is important – our employees and our customers.


Fresh Ideas will bring creativity, culinary delight and a positive environment to your employees. Our staff presents delicious food that concentrates on style and taste while providing cost effective solutions for your business.


Fresh Ideas works closely with the schools and communities we serve to provide healthy well-balanced nutritious meals for active children in a fun and safe environment. Their growth and development through diet is our number one priority.


We offer impeccable service and delicious cuisine featuring the finest and freshest ingredients available. Our pledge to you is to create a meal that fulfills your vision and exceeds your expectations.

Let us customize your event with an innovative menu and creative food presentation. Invest in cuisine that has no boundaries! We offer on-site catering to our existing clients to compliment their everyday dining services.


We are continually developing, innovating and tailoring successful food service programs for our clients.


Our registered dietitians work with all units to provide comprehensive wellness programming. Some examples include:

Wellness Day Events
Fresh Fusion Healthy Options
Specialized Diets for Clients, including Gluten Free and Allergen Specific Diets
Heart Healthy Program
Ask the Dietitian Informational Program


You rely on us to make responsible business decisions that respect and benefit members of your community. Recognizing the importance of action as well as education, Fresh Ideas strives to promote sustainability and to foster ecological education through our sustainability programs. At Fresh Ideas, we are doing our part to support this initiative by:

  • Providing sustainability-related learning experiences
  • Equipping students, faculty and staff with the tools, knowledge, and motivation to adopt behavioral changes that promote global and personal sustainability
  • Minimizing waste by reducing, reusing and recycling
  • Building a sustainable economy with a purchasing policy that seeks environmentally and socially preferable goods and services
  • Envisioning sustainability beyond the boundaries of our client facilities by developing partnerships with outside groups

At Fresh Ideas, we are doing our part to support this important social initiative by and envisioning sustainability beyond the boundaries of our client facilities by developing partnerships with outside groups.


Fresh Ideas partners with local farms to provide the freshest local ingredients to our clients through our Farm to Plate program.


We are able to provide the variety, freshness and healthy choices your students demand through tools like our fresh eyes inspection process. In addition to insuring the satisfaction of our students and clients, this inspection process also serves as an incentive program for your community's food service professionals. After all, you can't have satisfied customers without satisfied employees who truly want to be on your campus!


We believe
in giving
back to our

Through service, philanthropy and proactive engagement, we do our part to make our communities a better place to live and grow. Our employees have a deep commitment to the neighborhoods in which we live and work. The positive impact Fresh Ideas has on the communities we serve is evident through our assistance to civic and charitable organizations including local food banks, nutrition programs and campus events.

Supporting healthy lifestyles, Fresh Ideas is proud to be the official sponsor of the 2015 Halfmax Championship, QuarterMax & OctoMax Triathlon.


Would you
like to join
the Fresh
Ideas team?

We believe if Fresh Ideas has the right employee team members,
and if we provide them with the information and training needed
to manage our resources responsibly, then we can provide our customers with satisfaction beyond their highest expectations.


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To apply with Fresh Ideas, please print our employment application, complete all fields and then return to us by email, fax or US postal mail.

US Mail
Fresh Ideas Management, LLC
Human Resources
1000 W. Nifong Blvd., 3-220
Columbia, MO 65203


Current Employees can view the 2014-2015 Employee Handbook.


We would love to hear from you.


If you would like to receive additional information about
Fresh Ideas and our services, or have questions or
comments, please contact us at:

Fresh Ideas Management LLC
1000 West Nifong Blvd. | Building 3 1000 West Nifong Blvd.
Building 3

Suite 220
Columbia, MO 65203

(573) 445-4321
(573) 445-2799


Social media is an integral part of Fresh Ideas. Through social media outlets, Fresh Ideas is able to easily communicate with our clientele to improve our program and strengthen our relationships.