Artisan Analysis

Best of FlavorTop 10 Trends Au Bon Pain is placing more emphasis on artisan breads and cheeses, as in its Tuna Melt with farmstead cheddar from Vermont’s Shelburne Farms. Photo courtesy of red robin GOURMET BURGERS. Operators develop smart menu strategies around America’s fixation on all-things artisanal By Monica Kass Rogers Perhaps more than ever before, consumers want transparency, authenticity, honesty and less spin when it comes to their food. And chains are paying attention to this slow turn away from commodity product and toward smaller-batch, handcrafted, “here’s-where-it-came-from-and-what’s-in-it” menus. While multi-unit operators can’t do their own charcuterie, fresh cheese...

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