Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development
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Menuing on-trend bowl builds with gut health “heroes” that support immunity
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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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Optimizing the pathway to a thriving marketplace
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Creative approaches to a favorite category
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Look to these 10 global sandwiches for menu ideas and flavor inspirations
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Turkey carries global flavors while keeping things familiar in modern sandwiches
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Chef Mary Grace Viado showcases creative comfort while building in clever menu versatility.
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Trend-forward inspirations for the to-go landscape
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Say “Aloha” to craveable fried chicken sandwiches
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The ice-cold comfort of creamy, blended drinks fires up beverage menus
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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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Chipotle peppers, ginger and rosemary make a simple marinade
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Nuance marks the flavor approach to each of these builds.
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Update Mexican favorites with trend-forward, bean-centric moves
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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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Five creative approaches for building modern flavor in this Mexican classic
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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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This Wood-Grilled Alaska Salmon & Kelp Noodle Salad pairs fermented fennel with salmon
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Htipiti is a craveable Greek feta dip ideal for menu adaptation
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PAOW! has created a diverse line of plant-based products with options for those who want to add their own signature touches
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Chefs are looking to trending potato-centric dishes to drive consumer excitement
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A mindful yet playful approach to flavor building yields creative and compelling menu items
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Chef Jeffrey Quasha shares his unique—and successful—management system
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The sweet-tart flavor of blueberries brings balance, counterpoint and intrigue to savory dishes
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Expect to see growth in culinary products formulated for chefs seeking a thicker and richer dairy experience
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Five takes on the traditional fried chicken sandwich
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15 ways to use this beloved SKU across the menu
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A beloved brand gives sandwiches a competitive edge
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Some of the most exciting flavor innovation today is being sandwiched between two slices of bread
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A strategic use of flavor building and cooking techniques promises craveability
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 Possibilities
Replace the protein with a seafood option in these classic meat-centric sandwiches
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Turkey offers a versatile protein for creative flavor building
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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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Creative interpretations of this perennial favorite
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An array of dairy alternatives broaden their scope for today’s menus
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Restaurant brands are creating memorable versions of this craveable, dippable snack/dessert
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Menu developers are wielding fried chicken skins in wildly creative ways
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This Southern staple makes a strong case as the new American cheese
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Elevated handhelds take the lead in creative menu development
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Modern menu builds get a boost from this cheese's iconic flavor and texture
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Innovation in the hard seltzer world is moving at lightning speed
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A strategic use of soft textures ensures a comfort-centric build
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The elements of Thai tea emerge as a fun and versatile flavor system
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Take and bakes build revenue and ease back-of-house prep
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Culinary insights into the take-and-bake trend
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Rocketing consumer demand inspires creative flavor development in both food and beverage
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Surprising textures boost craveability in sandwiches
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Chefs are taking Chinese-American food in unexpected, new directions
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Pairing classic flavors with potatoes dials up crave
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Turn up the takeout experience with bold flavor combinations
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Propelled by a number of strong drivers, bread is making a comeback
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Simple ingredients and culinary versatility make new plant-based products shine
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Chefs discover seaweed’s depth of character and leverage its adaptability
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Flavor-driven take-home bakes are a perfect fit for today’s menus
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2020 insights that can help guide the way to a successful year ahead
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Chef Jason Heiselman triumphs with a comforting plant-forward savory pie
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Our special coverage of 10 trends impacting menus over the coming year and beyond
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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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A trio of toasts wows with big, balanced, beautiful flavors
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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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Leveraging the indulgent side of plant-forward menu innovation
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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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Chefs are extending the reach of hummus
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Grassfed quality, signature flavor
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See what more Haliburton International Foods can do for your menu
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Creative flavor play lifts the already soaring 
fried chicken higher and higher
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Blueberries balance the bold side of global flavors with natural sweetness
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Ideal for takeout, handhelds reel in the growing demand for seafood
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Dessert innovations leveraging the flavors and formats consumers yearn for today
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The Perfect Purée helps takeout cocktails succeed
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The diner classic returns to the spotlight
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Check out how simple it is to make a clean, plant-forward meat alternative using walnuts
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Miso is poised to deliver its unique, savory earthiness to brunch
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One savvy sauce carries surprising flavor and color across multiple formats
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Optimizing and tightening menus while keeping the innovation pipeline flowing
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Turkey breast gives chefs a crowd-pleasing, versatile protein for optimizing menus
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Garlic, pomegranate molasses and eggplant - three Mediterranean ingredients not often used together in the same dish
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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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Trending ingredients and clever techniques keep the fun flowing in coffee and tea
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Win the sandwich game with Bel Brands’ flavor-packed lineup of signature cheeses
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A spectrum of flavors and textures makes cheese a trusted go-to for innovative menu development
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Lazy Dog Restaurants looks to the past as it continues to expand its takeout options
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Employing a modern approach with global flavors for plant-forward menu development
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Urban Village in Lone Tree, Colorado serves Paneer Tikka as a slider, adding a salad of red apple, fresh ginger and mint-cilantro purée in between two wedges of the paneer
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This head-turning PB&B Burger levels up an American classic
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Employ culinary techniques to convey premium cues in takeout fish dishes
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Watch five top food pros go pan-to-pan during Walnuts@Work Live Plant-Forward cooking competition
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Chefs are finding balance for the sweet side of dried fruit while leveraging its textural richness
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Reducing food waste while maximizing innovation with this pantry staple
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A chef turns a side hustle into a successful fried chicken joint
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Smart protein solutions for today’s foodservice landscape
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The Eastern Med ingredient with a long reach
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Chef Rosalyn Darling demos a decadent Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Bake
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With takeout and delivery in full focus, handhelds offer a practical, proven format for portability
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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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Turning off-premise food & beverage challenges into opportunities
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Plant-based builds featuring honey find a sweet spot
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Unique flavor combinations that elevate drinks and thrill consumers
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Commodity boards offer operators new solutions for the changing landscape
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Exploring ahead-of-the-curve flavor opportunities to sustain perpetual menu relevancy
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The Juice It Up! brand reaches into its past to craft a meaningful narrative today
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The three ingredients O’Leary chose—angelica, burdock root and Seminole pumpkin—each carry intrigue
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Eleven trend-forward beverage builds inspired by honey bees, pollination and honey
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Pork toasts with whipped herb goat cheese and microgreens.
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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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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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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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Hearty, satisfying builds stand out with clever flavor play
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Taking ingredients in unexpected directions leads to sublime discovery
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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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Touchpoints of the familiar come through in these three recipes
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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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Plant-based additions enhance recipe development
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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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Evocative flavors turn comfort-centric and adventurous builds into stars
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Bold flavors carry both light and hearty dishes
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Offering comfort while still serving up menu excitement
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Classic techniques with modern touches bring home memorable flavors
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Comforting indulgence with a sense of place
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Thoughtful approaches to the mash-up create modern, craveable flavor combinations
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Shin Ramyun Chicken Wings with gochujang glaze, buttermilk dressing, scallions and sesame seeds.
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Two recipes that offer signature spins on beloved builds
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Premium Aussie lamb helps you stay relevant and profitable
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Assertive global flavors rounded out by softer tones from familiar ingredients
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From the unexpected to the upgraded, eggs continue to inspire innovation
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Three recipes that highlight flavor versatility and menu adaptability
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Culinary ideas that explore this flavor pairing
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Flavorful menu development that looks for inspiration close to home.
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Creative, easy ideas on how to key into 10 categories that represent trend-forward opportunities for flavor innovation
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This plant-based shareable sings with Eastern Med and Latin flavors
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High impact flavor needs the right supporting players
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Offering familiar ingredients in surprising, flavor-forward applications
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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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Building crave in a comfort classic, a bright summer dish and a modern entrée
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Playing with formats and adding unexpected flavor touches reveals new ideas
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Grapes contribute sweet surprise to bowl builds
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Thoughtful flavor combinations give breakfast, all-day and brunch a lift
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Creative texture play takes favorites in exciting directions
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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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Strategic flavor development ensures menu hits with both plant-forward and meat-centric items
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The prime rib sandwich serves up opportunity for strategic flavor play
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Three creations showcase a modern American mash-up theme
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Baked and Fried Russet Potato with American cheese sauce, bacon, scallion, pickled sweet peppers and garlic streusel.
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Crispy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich with spicy honey Sriracha, aïoli sauce, lettuce, tomato and housemade pickles.
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Spicy Steak and Hummus Feta Bowl features grass-fed beef marinated in a blend of 13 spices.
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Southern Honey Hot Chicken Hoagie with cheesy grits, garlic dill pickle slices and honey hot sauce.
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Elote: charred Mexican street corn, huitlacoche crema, Cotija, scallions and chorizo vinaigrette.
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Steak & Arugula Sandwich: shaved prime rib, Swiss, tomato, pickled onion, arugula and horseradish mustard, served on harvest toast.
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Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen serves Smoked Salmon Kebab with fresh dill and mustard.
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Spicy Carrot Buddha Bowl: Avocado, quinoa, lentils, baby greens, carrot tops, spicy carrot hummus and cilantro-lime yogurt sauce.
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Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with arugula-herb salad, cucumber, pickled turnips, harissa mayo and turmeric mayo.
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Brunch Chilaquiles con Huevos: Crispy tortilla chips, guajillo chile salsa, Mexican cheeses, fried eggs and avocado.
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Ensalada de Col: Savoy cabbage with Mahón cheese, anchovy-stuffed green olives and pistachios.
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Mushroom Shawarma Bowl with pickled cabbage, cucumber and onion salad, arugula and tahini over rice and lentils.
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Avocado Huarache with jalapeño ricotta.
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Kushari with fried onions and spiced tomato sauce.
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Two recipes that nail craveability and comfort while demonstrating beautiful flavor touches.
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19 restaurant experiences designed for at-home dining
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Pairing rice varietals with dishes can help build compelling and authentic narratives
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These craveable Latin favorites embrace Eastern Med flavors
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Chefs employ modern approaches to the art of smoke
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Chefs take pizza to the next level with clever flavor play
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The 10 biggest flavor trends for 2020
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The 10 biggest flavor trends for 2020