Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

Author: Joan Lang

10 Winter-Ready Salads Cold-weather options for salads are abundant.

Best of FlavorTop 10 Trends Hearty items like breaded cheese “croutons” add appeal to cold-weather salads at Feast in Chicago.PHOTO CREDIT: Hearty items like breaded cheese “croutons” add appeal to cold-weather salads at Feast in Chicago. The word “salad” may conjure spring and summer specialties like heirloom tomatoes and watermelon-feta, but this increasingly important category is easily winterized to create a hearty, cold-weather starter, shareable or main course. Here are 10 ways to suit up salads for the season. 1. Get Cooking Roasting, charring, grilling and otherwise cooking ingredients—and calling them out on the menu—deepens flavors and creates a...

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Low & Slow Modernizing the comforts of braising, roasting and other slow-cooking techniques

Best of FlavorTop 10 Trends Cooking low and slow concentrates flavor. The braised pork at Winston’s in Louisville, Ky., is complemented by spicy slaw.PHOTO CREDIT: Cooking low and slow concentrates flavor: Braised pork at Winston’s in Louisville, Ky., is complemented by spicy slaw Slow, low-temperature cooking methods like braising, roasting, smoking, confit and sous vide are all about creating value: value from deep, complex flavor; value from making underutilized proteins more tender; value from techniques most consumers don’t have time to do at home. Think of the foods that result from low-and-slow methods. Carnitas. Pot roast. Brisket. Lamb shanks....

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