Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development
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Meeting the demand for plant-based fare with vegan cheeses that taste great and melt well
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Cocktails inspired by Thai tea are serving up both whimsy and intrigue
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Tea and coffee cultures unite for a specialty beverage bonanza
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Desserts with an exotic Thai-style beverage makeover
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Bundling Thai tea with spicy dishes introduces menu pairings for a new age
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Global noodle dishes offer a friendly base for pushing boundaries
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Transforming favorite handhelds into bowls
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Texas Pete® helps you build LTOs
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Soups, salads, and sandwiches combine to make memorable meals
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Trend-forward menu inspirations for a versatile and prep-friendly portfolio of flatbreads
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With signature flavor, these dishes deliver soulful comfort that diners yearn for when temperatures drop
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Four fast casuals showcase the opportunity in this trending category
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Building signature flavors in a bowl of comfort
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Southwest flavors are made signature in this creative soup build
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Signature sauces move menus
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Spicy dipping sauces create a pathway to flavor innovation
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Transforming comfort into signature
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Morning opportunities inspired by later dayparts
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Meaty meets seasonal in these craveable grilled cheese sandwiches
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Pork’s answer to the fried chicken sandwich
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Breakfast brisket sandwiches are heating up morning menus
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South American sandwiches are winning over menus
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Four noodle dishes to bet on
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Bone-in Aussie lamb gets the steakhouse treatment in the hands of Chef Michael Slavin
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Condiments bring a Wagyu beef burger to a whole new level
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Chefs take the newest Boursin cheese products for a test ride and share their takeaways
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Sandwiching meat-centric builds with on-trend bread carriers
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Fusion baking hits today’s mark for differentiated menus
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Upscale toasts and breads are “loaded” with menu opportunity
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Life beyond the traditional bread basket
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Using noodles for on-trend menu offerings with back-of-house solutions
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Targeted ways to tighten your meal kit strategy
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Getting Ready for The Gameday Rush? Texas Pete® Is on Your Team
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Sweet and savory blueberry solutions deliver on consumer demands
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Blueberry powder adds color and flavor, while a savory blueberry compote is the hero of this croque
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Classic cocktails meet the bubbly personality of hard seltzer
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Adding the buzz of hard seltzer to sweet treats
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The best of both worlds combine to invigorate beverage menus
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Adding in-house flavor touches for refreshing signaturization
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Hispanic-style cheeses effortlessly cross border in Cal-Mex cuisine
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Pea and hempseed milks make their way into modern menu development
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Exploring versatility in this trio of dairy alternatives
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Exploring the potential of this versatile dairy alternative
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Making dressings, dips and sauces work for flexitarian menus
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Modern flavor combinations in fun formats that move
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Takeout continues to trend. Here’s how Texas Pete® can help.
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Colorful and flavorful, quick-pickled blueberries offer multiple menu wins
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Four chefs leverage this cheese’s broad popularity and take it in new directions
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Dial up crave factor in sandwiches, soups and salads with pork
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Upgrade and upsell soup with sea greens
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Dialing up flavor with a list of creative culinary strategies
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Leveraging the power of seaweed on plant-forward menus
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An unexpected flavor match brings out the best in each other
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Cost-efficient, consistent, labor-saving solutions
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Rely on breakfast’s “big three” for all-day menu innovation
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Exploring two growth areas for one big opportunity
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The data speaks for itself. Burgers are a hot ticket item for summer and more people are putting hot sauce on them.
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Using fully-cooked meats saves time and money, helping chefs focus on menu innovation
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Mexican comfort as a carrier of modern flavor and menu strategy
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Whoa, This Changes Everything
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Cost-efficient, consistent, labor-saving solutions
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Chefs share insights, ideas and recipes for using the "big 3" ingredients
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Cost-efficient, consistent, labor-saving solutions
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Using an iconic brand to elevate 6 dishes
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Create a recipe using The Blend™ for a chance to win $10K and a showcase in Food Network Magazine
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Double down on comfort by featuring pimento cheese on mainstream menu stars
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Comforting, craveable and versatile, this trending ingredient is energizing the morning daypart
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Leveraging pimento cheese’s crave factor in modern dip applications
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Tapping into the culinary chameleon of cheese spreads
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Strategic use of high-impact finishes helps ensure a winning to-go item
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Ripple is the plant-based dairy alternative your savory dishes have been looking for
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Spiced and fermented, this Indian beverage offers assertive flavor and functional benefits
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A new trio of floral syrups adds an easy boost of exceptional flavor
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Developing a host of trend-forward menu items while maximizing one new SKU
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Immunity boosts make both non-alc and alcoholic drinks appealing
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Menuing on-trend bowl builds with gut health “heroes” that support immunity
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Propelled by their immunity-boosting powers, mushrooms are stepping into the limelight
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Takes on immunity-boosting soup fortifies modern menus
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Flavor innovation here gives menus a competitive advantage in the to-go game
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Easy menu ideas to up the salad game
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Plant-based dairy alternative Ripple effortlessly enhances everything on your menu
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Extending the appeal of brunch menus with comforting and dynamic bakes
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Reinventing old school casseroles into trend-forward bakes
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Curating a personalized restaurant experience in the home of your guests
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Homestyle savory bakes translate beautifully into plant-forward offerings
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Cranking up crunch and firing up flavor help deliver an optimal off-premise experience
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White Bean and Kale Soup with Smoked Sausage from Smithfield
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Chef Jeffrey Quasha shares his unique—and successful—management system
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Five takes on the traditional fried chicken sandwich
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Trending flavors meet the enduring appeal of classic deli sandwiches
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Creative applications of these iconic flavors shine in favorite side dishes
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Menu ideas inspired by American-Chinese twists
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Global powerhouse cuisines meet the Big Three of Chinese-American cuisine
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Diving deeper into a regional favorite with a devoted national following
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Surprising textures boost craveability in sandwiches
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Turn up the takeout experience with bold flavor combinations
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Simple ingredients and culinary versatility make new plant-based products shine
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Chef Jason Heiselman triumphs with a comforting plant-forward savory pie
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Grapes add unique flair and flavor to trending toast builds
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Chef Michael Ponzio shares carryout inspiration and the importance of versatility in the kitchen
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Decadent, delicious and perfectly tart. Watch how to make Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée
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With built-in portability, hand pies are an easy menu fit
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The virtual Worlds of Flavor event featured culinary insights from chefs’ home turf
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Leading-edge ingredients dial up intrigue in meat-centric dishes
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The warming charm of a powerhouse spice
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Go big on flavor with a deft touch of cardamom
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See what more Haliburton International Foods can do for your menu
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The Perfect Purée helps takeout cocktails succeed
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Leverage the full-bodied characteristics of this warm spice
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A warm spice that complements the savory side of vegetables
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Check out how simple it is to make a clean, plant-forward meat alternative using walnuts
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One savvy sauce carries surprising flavor and color across multiple formats
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Creative ways to heat up beverage menus
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Make it easy for your guests to find beverage choices with immunity boosting benefits mixed right in
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Your Educational Resource for Everything Avocados
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Stanford transitions from customizable menus to curated ones
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Culinary upgrades to soul-soothing comfort foods featuring rice as the versatile base
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8 creative, trend-forward takes on this classic deli sandwich
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With California walnuts as inspiration, chef finalists showcase the flavor possibilities in plant-forward menu development
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Commodity boards serve up trend-forward indulgence
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Capitalizing on the feel-good momentum of fermented beverages
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Double down on comfort with flavorful fermentation
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Strengthening core menu features by leveraging the craveability of fermented flavors
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Fermentation unlocks next-level flavors
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Watch five top food pros go pan-to-pan during [email protected] Live Plant-Forward cooking competition
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Reducing food waste while maximizing innovation with this pantry staple
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Chef Rosalyn Darling demos a decadent Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Bake
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Dole is taking a plant-forward approach to menu development
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Use culinary finesse to signal premium cues in takeout meat dishes
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Look to the Balkans for new news at breakfast
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Look to the Balkans for enticing yet familiar flavors
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Taking vegetables to new heights with Balkan inspiration
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Translating the sentiment behind small plates in new ways
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Eleven trend-forward beverage builds inspired by honey bees, pollination and honey
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National Honey Month is the perfect time to salute this special craft
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14 fruit-centric ideas for 7 sauce categories
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Fruit takes center stage with modern flavorings and composition
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Three fruits making a big play in trend-forward beverage development
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Flavor depth gives this fruit deep menu potential
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Premium Aussie beef scores across the table
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Join our chefs as they discuss how smoked meats can help your carryout menu.
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Rice offers familiarity, functionality and satiety for consumers eager to explore plant-based options
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High-impact ingredients making a splash in the beverage world
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Upping the experience (again) in one of America’s most iconic beverages
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Surprising, seasonal flavor combinations enliven non-alc offerings
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Brand reflection and sharpened focus help light the path to success today
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Trend-forward rubs, glazes and sauces that work across the menu
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Grapes bring added inspiration to veg-centric builds
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Build modern, flavorful bowls that balance portability with craveability
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Re-tooling successful flavor builds into signature bowls
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Trend-forward flavor combinations offer fresh inspiration in familiar territory
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Chef-driven builds are finding favor with both menu developers and consumers
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Look to trend-forward flavor combinations to build excitement
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From the unexpected to the upgraded, eggs continue to inspire innovation
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Culinary ideas that explore this flavor pairing
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Chefs get fired up, building on the popularity of hot honey
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Trend-forward flavor combinations for signature menu items
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Trend-forward flavor combinations for signature menu items
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Building complexity with surprising flavor combinations
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Grapes contribute sweet surprise to bowl builds
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Spooned, piped or dolloped—whipped ricotta is a wonderful thing
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5 creative ways to feature this umami-packed ingredient
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Join our chefs as they discuss how smoked meats can help your carryout menu.
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The prime rib sandwich serves up opportunity for strategic flavor play
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19 restaurant experiences designed for at-home dining
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These craveable Latin favorites embrace Eastern Med flavors
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Bold flavors get a dose of Southern comfort
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Ingredients like miso and tahini are joining forces for a powerful flavor impact
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Classic, favorite comfort foods get strategic flavor hits from trending ingredients
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A dozen ways to deliver dishes that soothe the soul
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Potato solutions for your operations
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Chefs share what comfort food means to their guests
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With a strong café culture, a fresh approach to menu development holds opportunity
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Combining an all-day café culture with feel-good fare
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Look to the creators of avocado toast for creative, eclectic flavor combinations
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Chilaquiles are a perfect salve for late-night shenanigans, and have already made moves onto brunch menus
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Leading with a hip street food sensibility, pancakes have got craveability wrapped up
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Selecting high-impact pantry items from trending world cuisines moves the Benedict onto bold modern brunch menus seamlessly
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Two popular formats are primed for signaturization now: hashes and baked egg dishes
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Quick culinary ideation inspired by trending egg dishes
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The tart citrus shows up on menus in surprising ways
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Chef Francesco DiCaudo makes burrata a star of the season
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Watch our 2019 Fruit Pairings tour video!
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Creative menu play sees new flavor combinations starring tropical fruits
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Six simple strategies for shifting cocktail menus for the colder weather
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Watch our 2019 Fruit Pairings tour video!
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Bowls are showcasing the versatility of hummus
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The many ways in which this on-trend workhorse is carrying modern menus
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Layered, crumbled, flavored, flamed—meringue is making an impression
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Innovations in five areas help keep this category exciting
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Uncommon flavors and techniques that deliver surprise and delight
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Chefs showcase creative ways to highlight seafood
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The sweet spot in desserts usually hones in on chocolate
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Carving out differentiation in a crowded category
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Chefs hone in on what makes tacos successful for their brands
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The snacking category offers a great place for meat-centric innovation
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Flavors and formats driving dessert innovation
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Deconstructing & modernizing a breakfast mainstay
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Answer the call for nutrient-rich dishes that power menus
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Chefs are upping their main game
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Chefs are showing off the shareable side of seafood
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Fish sauce makes a splash on menus
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Next-level approaches keep this category exciting
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Chefs continue to push the crave factor in burger builds
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These three restaurant brands showcase winning moves in this fan-favorite category
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Trending flavors and ingredients that are impacting taco menu development
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Trending ideas on maximizing summer’s greatest ingredient
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Hearty, versatile and familiar, meatballs roll out a winning shareables strategy
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Condiments that bring the heat—and show significant growth on menus
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Using comfort-food menu platforms to showcase seafood
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These two lesser known ingredients provide big menu impact
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Three modern opportunities with memorable sandwich builds
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Chefs share flavor-forward cross-utilization ideas
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State-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture systems provide a clean, sustainable species
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Oyster farmer Abigail Carroll and Chef David Siegal on Maine oysters
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Add pops of color, functional attributes, unexpected texture and deepened flavor to your non-alcoholic (hot or cold) beverages.
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Peanut butter lends childhood appeal to an adult burger build.
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Get to know this red-hot region, including ingredients and flavors on the fringe
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Leveraging seaweed in creative applications can help build menu interest and entice modern consumers, while enhancing menu items with a functional foods halo.
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Just like cardamom, coriander and ginger can lend well to a variety of cuisines, there’s more than one way to integrate these flavor-forward Eastern Mediterranean spices onto your menu.
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5 ways to make your mac and cheese stand out. Consider playing up global-inspired riffs, translating a winning flavor system through this familiar platform, or making it into a snack-worthy bite at the bar.
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Three more ways to leverage the popularity of mac and cheese.
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Lent is a time to maximize fish and seafood offerings across your menu. Take a look at the versatility of ahi tuna and the many ways it can transform on-trend seafood items.
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When it comes to desserts, dining consumers want to be surprised and delighted. Enter modern texture. In this age of complex flavor experiences, we’ve moved well beyond sprinkles and tuiles. Here are five examples of pitch-perfect textural play in modern desserts.
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At Red Star Tavern, a modern American restaurant in Portland, Ore., chef Dolan Lane breathes new life into two summer staples—gazpacho and burrata with heirloom tomatoes—by merging them and adding a few tweaks.
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Creating menus with meaning, approaching food with a punk rock street-kid mentality, and blending cultures and foods together. Paul Adams talks about few rules he lives by when it comes to menu/flavor development.
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From treating menu writing like composing a symphony, to building a drink version of a Caprese salad, Jay Perry shares with us his approach to flavor strategy.
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Culinary consultant Don Cortes shares with us how he views flavor as a menu strategy, using the traditional lens of culinary, but with heavy influences from his upbringing
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Why you should consider uncommon beverage ingredients when designing new beverages or bar menus in the coming months and seasons.