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Picture for Take to the Sea
Chefs showcase creative ways to highlight seafood
Picture for 5 Ways to Combat Seafood Fraud
Here are five steps to take to help keep seafood fraud out of your operation
Picture for The Arc of Non-alc: 10 Beverage Builders
Tap into the ongoing potential of the booze-free beverage
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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
Picture for 12 Ways with Dessert
Twelve pathways to on-trend, signature desserts
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Alan Skversky is the corporate chef for San Francisco-based Boudin Bakery. We asked him to share a flavor trifecta that demonstrates creative, unexpected flavor play.
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How delivery helps restaurants manage customers’ brand experience
Picture for The Rising Tide of Seafood Menuing Raises All Boats
Chefs opting to serve more seafood helps fishing communities thrive, provides a place for fishermen and their families to live, and gives consumers better opportunity to enjoy the fruits of the industry’s labor
Picture for Signature Flavor: Going Green
This shareable dish of Middle Eastern Alaska Fish Cakes with Green Tahini Sauce captures the big opportunity in bringing together seafood, snackability and trending Eastern Med flavors
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Exploration of global flavors sparks breakfast creativity
Picture for Flavor ROI: Sea Island's Southern Inspired Menus
A case study in how Sea Island introduced new, global flavors to reach a younger clientele, and to appeal to global travelers.
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Exploring deeper into this region’s food culture serves up big opportunity
Picture for Hot Dogs and Sausages Linking Up
Hot dogs and sausages carry a winning combination of familiarity and street cred
Picture for Flavor Playlist: Elizabeth Falkner
Elizabeth Falkner is a renowned chef, author and television personality. She shares five flavors that inspire her culinary creativity.
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A look at the demographic data reveals insights about what appeals to Gen Z.
Picture for Flavor Expedition 2019: Part 1
In 15 days that averaged 19 hours per day, Gerry Ludwig's team visited 116 new restaurants across the three cities, tasting 1,205 dishes along the way. This year’s greatest takeaway was the growing influence of global cuisines on mainstream menus.
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Fishermen and fish farmers, share stories about the seafood they harvest from spots all around North America. Chefs share with us how they tell these tales of provenance to appeal to their diners—and spark their creativity.
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Handhelds wrap global flavors and craveability into a familiar format
Picture for Publisher's Page March-April 2019
Welcome to the March-April 2019 issue from Cathy Holley.
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We’ve dedicated this issue of Seafood & The Menu to telling stories of seafood and the incredible men and women who fish and farm in North American waters
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What do seafood certification acronyms really mean?
Picture for Healthy Perspectives
Two salient takeaways from The Worlds of Healthy Flavors conference, and the implications they have for our industry.
Picture for Flavor Watch: Play That Toum
Toum, a Lebanese condiment made with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt, holds all the markings of a potential hit on U.S. menus
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Fisherman Chris Welch and Jimmy Papadopoulos, Executive Chef at Bellemore, talk Maine lobster
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Fisherman Nick Crook and Zena Polin, co-owner of The Daily Dish, talk Maryland Blue Crab
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Fisherman Tim Thomas and Leo Varchetta, Chef/co-owner of Cinque Terre Ristorante, talk Alaska Pollock.
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Fisherman Greg Connors and Chef Jake Eberle talk Cape Cod Skate
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Fisherman Kerry Hurst and Executive Chef Dylan Feenker talk Gulf Red Snapper
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Fisherman Jesus Martinez and Andres Padilla, Chef de Cuisine, talk Baja striped bass
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Hot, stretchy, gooey cheese guarantees craveability
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Fisherman Geoff Bettencourt and Chef/Seafood Advocate Barton Seaver talk sablefish.
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Fisherman Lance Nacio and Chef/Co-owner of GW Fins Tenney Flynn talk Gulf shrimp
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Pizza offers a safe point of entry with mainstream appeal—yet it’s positioned to step outside of traditional parameters. Here are 10 modern approaches that can propel pizza innovation.
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Fisherman Nelly Hand and Paul Duncan, Executive Chef at Ray’s Boathouse, talk Alaska salmon
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This savory, crispy Chinese crêpe holds potential to be the next big handheld on American menus.
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Thanks to serious creativity, the everyday egg is moving into a high-impact category.
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Vegan fare is moving from functional to decadent, enticing a wider range of consumers.
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The boom in Eastern Med and communal dining brings flatbreads to the table.
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This Cantonese condiment packs an umami wallop. One of our top 10 flavor trends for 2019.
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New restaurants are popping up, celebrated for their creative approach that combines French technique with American ingenuity. Less about bold mash-up and more about sublime interpretation, the modern French trend opens up a new world.
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Fueled by a number of significant drivers, chefs are taking rice to the next level
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Modern pearls, dusts, powders and crystals introduce captivating texture
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Thrilling new variations bring classic, flaky pastries into modern menu development
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Both nonalcoholic and boozy beverages are getting a winning dose of wellness-promoting ingredients
Picture for Flavor & the Menu's Top 10 Trends for 2019
An introduction to our special Trends edition from Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Cathy Nash Holley
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This Levantine flatbread demonstrates the richness of opportunity
Picture for Top 10 Trends 2019 Panel of Experts
The chefs, food & beverage experts and industry analysts who provided insights for this special issue
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Looking beyond 2019, what flavors, ingredients and movements are at the edge of the trend cycle?
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Insights into the jianbing trend from our panel of experts
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The bing is a reminder to develop memorable handhelds that are popping with layered flavor, varying and distinct textures and solid value
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Egg toppers increase the flavor, variety and perceived value of dishes, and the yolk provides an additional “sauce”
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Insights into the egg trend from our panel of experts
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Competition is intensifying fast in the vegan space - we look at why
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Insights into the vegan trend from our panel of experts
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Flatbreads offer huge versatility—find your “native” flatbread and top it with your ingredients from the season
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Insights from our team of experts
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Insights from our team of experts
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The opportunity here is to focus on local/regional French cuisine as a source of inspiration
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Insights into the French cuisine trend from our panel of experts
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Porridge + Puffs in Los Angeles creates explosively flavorful porridge bowls that feature elaborate layers of ingredients
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Insights into the rice trend from our panel of experts
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Ideas for textual enhancements to update existing menu items.
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Insights into the texture trend from our panel of experts
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Insights into the texture trend from our panel of experts
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Bring a healthy halo to your cocktails and non-alc drinks
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Insights into the texture trend from our panel of experts
Picture for The Flavors of Mise
The recent Mise Conference presented valuable and relevant content and showcased a number of creative and memorable food and beverage items that translate to on-trend opportunities. Here are four flavor-forward takeaways from the event.
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Mac and cheese serves up a great platform for innovation. More sides and shareables, cast-iron serving pans, bite-sized balls, unique add-ins, and longer noodles are also becoming the norm among trend-forward menus. Doing something different—and doing it well—is key to transforming mac and cheese from a stalwart side into a buzz-worthy bite.
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A list of aquaculture terms to help you and your staff to better understand the industry.
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There is a wealth of online resources that can help guide chefs through the process of finding the sustainable seafood they want to serve. Here are a baker’s dozen - most of these look at sustainable seafood through a national or even international lens.
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Milk Bar in New York started the cereal milk craze a few years back. Now, operators are maximizing the emotional tie most diners have to cereal, then upping the game by featuring both the cereal milk and cereal in pancakes, cocktails, desserts and more.
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Today, the snacking category is huge, and the bar bite category continues to deliver a world of flavor-forward, fun choices. Candied bacon, meatballs, tots, veg-centric dishes like Crispy Squash Blossoms are all on the menu.
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Smoke’s distinctive air is wafting into new categories, including cocktails, fruit, vegetables and honey. Here are 10 trend-forward ideas for featuring creative smoked options on your menu.
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What better springboard for seafood innovation than Lent? Seafood consumption up, and there’s a general uptick in excitement around seafood. The pathway to success follows two strategies that walk hand-in-hand today: flavor and sustainability.
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Estevan Jimenez is the executive chef and culinary instructor at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in Salinas, Calif. He shares five flavors that inspire his culinary creativity.
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Instagrammability is becoming part of menu strategy today, particularly when trying to woo younger consumers. It’s not enough to make plate presentation appetizing. Gorgeous colors, interactivity, unexpected flourishes, tableside drama—all make the dining consumer click and share. Here are 12 ways to shine on Instagram, garnering that social-media love.
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Combined with the functional benefits of the traditional spices—turmeric, clove, fenugreek and cinnamon—this potato-based take on the shawarma can boast better-for-you benefits—as well as showstopping creativity
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Mixologists continue to introduce innovative new cocktails, but the classics never go out of style. These drinks are standbys for a reason: well balanced, broadly appealing, reliably satisfying, nicely nostalgic. They’re enjoying a refresh as operators look to create new experiences with familiar favorites
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At Modern Market - a fast casual based in Denver that serves farm-fresh, artisan food, including wholesome grain bowls, modern salads and toasted sandwiches - director of culinary operations Nate Weir talks about how he worked to source exactly the right salmon, then showcased it in a Curried Salmon Bowl LTO, before developing a Salmon Caesar Salad that quickly became the No. 2 seller in the overall menu mix.
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There are really no limits to flavor play in the breakfast space. We bring you inspiration. Salmon tacos. Avocado chicharrones. Adjarian Khachapuri - a flatbread from Georgia. A Roasted Pear, Spinach and Gorgonzola Omelette. And much much more.
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There’s a precision to the global mash-up at Nahita in Boston, where the pantry pulls strategically from Peru, Japan, Mexico and Turkey, staying true to authentic ingredients while combining them in new and intriguing ways.
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Sauces are the silver bullet, armed with craveability, uniqueness and, of course, flavor. Their role in plate composition isn’t new, but the opportunity today sees chefs leveraging the culinary might of sauces and wielding it in unique and memorable ways—all with the strategy of building a flavor impact that knocks their guests' socks off
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Welcome to the November/December 2018 issue from Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Cathy Nash Holley
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Aron Habiger is chef/owner of On the Lam, a traveling pop-up culinary concept based in Santa Ana, Calif. We asked him to share a flavor trifecta that demonstrates creative, unexpected flavor play.
Picture for Flavor Find: Compressed Watermelon
Modern applications of compressed watermelon featured at two Oakland, Calif., restaurants
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How Barton Seaver draws inspiration from Portugal when building his fish menu offerings.
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These Savory Rice Waffles are an innovative, gluten-free offering that appeals to a wide range of diners. Eggs are whisked together with cooked U.S. long-grain rice, savory turkey sausage, spinach, cheddar, cremini mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. The mixture is seared in a waffle iron to a crispy golden brown and served with a maple-sambal sauce.
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This Roasted Pear, Spinach and Gorgonzola Omelette is a sweet-savory take on the classic, boasting elegant flavors. “Gorgonzola can be overpowering, but the sweetness of the roasted pear softens its bite, and the flavors marry well together,” says Kathy Stephenson, director of marketing communications for Pear Bureau Northwest. “It’s a unique and unexpected combination in an omelette.”
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To identify what is being done to drive appeal and sales of cocktails at trend-forward concepts, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits set out on its second-annual fact-finding tour. The standout discovery this year is the creative and sophisticated use of high-impact ingredients that introduce unique profiles to classic cocktails. Based on our research, here are four key opportunities in the cocktail category.
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This vibrant Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl is a blend of blueberries, Greek yogurt, banana, almond milk and honey. Topped with banana, peaches, granola, chia seeds, almonds and toasted coconut, this complete breakfast features a rich variation of textures.
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Sensory appeal and a health-minded approach characterize this flavorful and unexpected Fresh Mango & Sweet Potato Hash. Onions, sweet potatoes and mango are sautéed with pancetta, brown sugar and red pepper flakes to create a trend-forward, colorful hash, topped with a fried egg.
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Idaho hash brown potatoes form a crisp, crunchy packet for tomatoes, corn and queso fresco. A fried egg and dollop of chimichurri complete the dish. This summery mix can morph into heartier combinations, such as grilled steak, pepper, onions and provolone.
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Hearty and satiating, they can be used as a base for chicharrones con huevos or topped with roasted cherry tomatoes, black beans, Oaxacan cheese, juicy skirt steak and a fried egg for a loaded nacho-style steak and eggs. Easily rendered gluten-free and inherently keto-friendly, these Avocado Chicharrones have great potential, from breakfast menus to late-night shareables.
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Adjarian Khachapuri, a regional specialty from the country of Georgia, consists of the classic cheesy flatbread stuffed, brushed or, in this case, topped with an egg. The uniquely shaped, tapered bread provides a rainbow of textures—crispy brown tips, layers of folded dough/cheese, and the open center with salty cheese and a luscious egg yolk.
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Warm tortillas, baked salmon and soft-scrambled eggs join forces. Rubbed with chile powder and topped with lemon slices before baking, this wild Alaska salmon fillet brings a warm flavor profile to the dish that complements the eggs perfectly.
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In this case study of King + Duke’s foray into veg-forward flavors, Chef E.J. Hodgkinson centers his menu around the red-hot veg-centric trend. For starters, he developed a comforting Hearth Baked Lasagna combining ground beef and mushrooms in a way that delivers on the flavor promise.
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Chefs across the country are taking something inherently craveable and familiar — cheese — and relying on it to elevate a menu item. Infinitely adaptable and universally loved, cheese offers a sound strategy in modern menu development. Here’s what’s hitting creative menus today.
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Seafood represents a major opportunity to move menus into the future, according to Datassential. Here are highlights from its Foodbytes Seafood Keynote Report issued in late 2017.
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With tacos, anything goes today. We’re seeing seriously inventive takes on classic proteins, while on the plant-based side, chefs are moving well beyond the perfunctory veggie taco.
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Flavor has always been an imperative on menus, but today the expectations are higher than ever. Chefs are outdoing themselves, raising the bar with creative flavor combinations. Access to the global pantry, along with a joyful experimentation in mash-ups, is raising expectations while making flavor possibilities endless. Here are some menu builds that showcase creative components that pack a significant flavor punch.
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Chefs are rediscovering the beauty of white bread—how it offers structure but surrenders to textural elements, like fried chicken, tonkatsu and fried bologna. We bring you 5 modern takes on white bread sandwiches.
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Putting more seafood on your menu will help your customers reach the dietary goal of eating seafood twice a week. Customers will feel good knowing that restaurants care about their well-being and offer healthy and delicious seafood as a key menu choice.
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Serving more seafood will help customers improve their overall quality of life. Here are 8 seafood nutrition facts curated by the Seafood Nutrition Partnership servers can use to seal the seafood sale.
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Together, coffee and tea carry a lot of good menu juju. The cocktail world is plugging in, rewiring some of that buzz into boozy beverage development.
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Meat remains center stage, but flavor innovation can really drive menu differentiation. We cover the what, where and why for innovating with meat.
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The veg-centric movement built the road that led to a world of stunning innovation in vegetable cookery. Here are 12 ways into the trend, all serving up creativity and craveability with every delicious forkful.
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Exploring the versatility of the avocado, this Sweet Avocado Surrender Sundae stars avocado-mango ice cream, Mexican hot chocolate sauce and chocolate-chipotle avocado doughnut holes.
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Timothy Griffin is the director of culinary innovation at Kona Grill, an upscale casual grill based in Scottsdale, Arizona. We asked him to share a flavor trifecta that demonstrates creative, unexpected flavor play.
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Ramen is on the rise, with ramen menu mentions up 46 percent over the last four years. We bring you ways to play with ramen textures, ramen-inspired cocktails, Ramyun, and global ramen mash-ups to inspire.
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What does Gen Z represent for restaurant brands, and how are operators strategizing? We took a snapshot to help better understand these younger dining consumers, coloring in the profile of Gen Z while also outlining a few concepts’ savvy approach in making them loyal customers.
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Cathy Holley welcomes you to this special issue, invites you to engage with us as a menu-development resource, diving further into the vast opportunities with seafood, and introduces you to Barton Seaver.
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Barton Seaver explains why his mission is to get more Americans eating more seafood more often across all demographics, and how this new Seafood & the Menu issue aims to help that mission.
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We asked two dozen chefs who serve an abundance of seafood to pinpoint the questions their customers most often ask their servers. Barton Seaver, chef, author and seafood evangelist, provides the optimal answers for a restaurant that has already defined its sustainable seafood policies.
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When dispelling myths about seafood, it’s crucial to acknowledge those slivers of truth in order to separate fact from fiction, and explore the nuanced answers to the tough questions about sourcing, preparing and serving wholesome, responsibly-sourced seafood
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One of the best places chefs can now look to for the highest quality seafood ingredients is the very place we’ve shunned for so long: the freezer.
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Pristine seafood doesn’t necessarily require a sauce. But having one can help accentuate the personality of the fish or shellfish on the plate and add color and texture to the overall dish.
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Fish by José Andrés creates a summery Idaho farmed trout with a 'peachy' air, using heirloom tomatoes and peaches, then cooking in a charcoal oven for a crispy skin and smoky flavor.
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At Ocean Prime the recently added Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl with avocado and Sriracha vinaigrette sells exceptionally well.
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Sunda New Asian's best-selling seafood entrée is a Chilean sea bass dish that chef Mike Morales first made on a whim.
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Centrolina serves its branzino whole, head to tail, boneless so that it can be stuffed with lemons, rosemary and thyme.
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At Cindy’s in Chicago guests often ask about the seafood's sustainability - keeping the restaurant searching for the best producers of sustainably raised seafood it can locate.
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Granville, Los Angeles, features a rainbow trout with an amandine crust that uses pepitas and housemade preserved lemon, with grass-fed butter, giving it both familiarity and subtle unique touches.
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At Coasterra two of the best-selling seafood entrées are head-to-tail options - a whole-roasted local fish of the day, and the Puerto Nuevo-Style Maine Lobster.
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Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria's top-selling ceviche is the Ceviche Martini de Tigre, which he blends the traditional flavors of Peruvian ceviche with Southern California ingredients.
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At Sur Lie, Portland, Maine the pan-seared scallops has developed an almost cult-like following. The scallops are sourced, processed and repacked meticulously to ensure this popularity is maintained.
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The Salt Line in Washington, D.C. creates a New England take on a Southern U.S. classic, utilizing Mid-Atlantic ingredients.
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Nico Osteria in Chicago uses a deeply flavored glaze on its collar, then finishes with a spice mix, and grills until crispy.
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Prawn Coastal Casual in California centers on flavorful broths made in tilting steam kettles, creating a rich taste with complex flavors.
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When Pacific halibut is in season, Travelle Kitchen + Bar sells three times as much of it as the next best-selling seafood items on his menu.
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Oysters are the best-selling seafood item at gastropub Publican Anker, served on the half shell with just a slice of lemon, or roasted, with yuzu butter.
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Tavernonna in Kansas City, Mo., has found success in selling both scallops and halibut by pairing them with produce brought in from local farms.
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Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, in Louisiana, takes jumbo Gulf shrimp and stuffs them with cream cheese and pickled jalapeños, wraps them in smoked bacon, char-grilled, serves them on sweet-corn grits and and tops them with a chile glaze.
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The highlights of the menus at Aqua by El Gaucho in Seattle and The Lakehouse in Bellevue, Wash., are Maine scallops and wild Alaska king salmon, respectively.
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Buffalo Ranch Octopus is one of the top-selling menu items at Herringbone Waikiki, Honolulu, offering an unexpected take on how octopus is traditionally served.
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At seafood-centric Oceana in Manhattan, mild fish like the top-selling halibut is prepared using more pronounced ingredients, varying with seasons.
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Gerry Ludwig and his team visited 113 restaurants and tasted 1,107 dishes on their annual street-level trends tour, finding actionable insights that can translate onto today's menus. Here's part two in our series, delivering even more on-trend takeaways.
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Nonalcoholic beverages offer limitless opportunities for innovation. The question is how to select the right mix that best fits the concept and patrons. Here are 10 areas around which to innovate.
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While researching the Trends Tour of 2018 part 2, a few dishes stood out - the frico taco, onion dip, and the breakthrough of Sea Buckthorn.
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At San Francisco’s Bluestem Brasserie, the Grilled Cheese and Honey is the ultimate comfort food.
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Welcome to the September-October 2018 issue from Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Cathy Nash Holley
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Jonathan Rohland is the culinary director of Bartaco, a “beach-culture inspired” restaurant brand based in Norwalk, Conn., with 15 locations mostly on the East Coast. He shares five flavors that inspire his culinary creativity.
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The trends, flavors, people, insights, examples, samples, data, tools, ideations, options, opportunities, deep-dives, panels, takeaways and inspirations at this year's Flavor Experience show.
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At farm-to-table Canoe in Atlanta, Matthew Basford keeps the flavors complementary with the strength of the fish flavors.
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Haliburton provides a pathway into plant-forward success through the use of scratch-made sauces.
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Internationally, operators are taking the standard formula for a spritz and adding their unique personality and creativity to this popular, hot-weather-friendly beverage
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Chefs today are stretching the potato's capability, bending it to glide seamlessly into modern snacks, sides and shareables while counting on its steady stance as one of America’s favorite comfort foods
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The opportunity with plant-based purées keeps pushing further into menu development, energized by a number of factors, from the hummus boom and veg-centric innovation to chefs looking to add complexity to textural combinations.
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No longer the also-ran to protein’s starring role, vegetables are the driver for some of the most exciting innovation happening in foodservice today.
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Chefs are looking at pasta as a platform for creative menu development. Here are five emerging opportunities that help position pasta as trend-forward, while never losing its inherent charm and likability.
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Luca Brunelle, executive chef for The Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs, shares his five flavors that inspire culinary creativity.
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12 inroads into signature salads, all offering opportunity to create a memorable, come-back-again flavor experience.
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John State, culinary director at Disneyland Resort, shares the trifecta of flavors that inspires him.

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Unique breadings, global sauces, inventive formats and sustainable sourcing paint a picture of the elevated fried seafood landscape of the future.
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Gerry Ludwig calls out three leading-edge ingredients, showcased at the CIA’s Worlds of Flavor conference.
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The first of our new series: Flavor R.O.I. A case study of First Watch’s successful innovation platform - in which the daytime café is hitching on-trend flavors to the beloved potato-centric dish.
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Chefs know that the secret is in the sauce. Or the dip. Or the spread. It’s those condiments that carry big flavor, impacting all of the senses in significant—and hopefully memorable—ways. Creativity is key, offering big flavor in unexpected, but enticing combinations.
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It’s all happening in the world of smoothies and shakes. Health-conscious moothies and bowls. Crazy freakshakes - the bolder, the better. Cold-brew shakes and cold-pressed lemonade smoothies. And nutrient-dense smoothies filled with flavor detail.
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Welcome to the July-August 2018 issue from Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Cathy Nash Holley
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This Grass-Fed Aussie Beef Sous Vide in Grass-Fed Butter is a prime example of a modern entrée that pays serious attention to both flavor detail and integrity of product.
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Plant-based purées are pushing further into menus, energized by a number of factors, from the hummus boom and veg-centric innovation to chefs looking to add complexity to textural combinations
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See the winners of this year's trip to Italy, and enter to win a trip next year
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The twentieth Worlds of Flavor Conference provided the opportunity to reflect on the exciting changes and innovation that have moved foodservice forward over the past two decades, and contemplate the changes to come. As global cuisines continue to exert their influence on American menus, whether highly authentic or playfully mashed-up, that world becomes just a bit smaller with each passing year.
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Barbecue today invites experimentation—melding Korean with Texan, Carolina with California. It also encourages a push outside of traditional barbecue formats, moving into bar bites and shareables, and adapting flavor systems that don’t typically see a play in barbecue.
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Why you should consider uncommon beverage ingredients when designing new beverages or bar menus in the coming months and seasons.
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When it comes to high-impact ingredients, a pickled element should be a go-to
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12 seafood categories where opportunities abound, helping answer the call for new and exciting while satisfying a desire for wholesome protein choices
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These Maine Lobster sliders combine mayonnaise with more unexpected spices and garnishes like bacon, fennel and Sriracha.
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10 beverage ingredients and flavors that are stirring up serious menu interest
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Watch Chef Daniel Asher of River & Woods craft an innovative twist on the classic caprese sandwich.
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The array of moles, served on a wooden platter with rice, demonstrates the menu potential of this craveable sauce.
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Welcome to the March-April 2018 issue from Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Cathy Nash Holley
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Gerry Ludwig and his culinary team’s annual street-level trends tour visits 113 restaurants and tastes 1107 dishes to bring you actionable insights into current food trends
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Baked egg dishes are an easy menu addition and allow for endless creativity using existing inventory items
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Considerations when using hash browns and rösti to add value to dishes
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How is innovation in other parts of the menu affecting modern entrée development? How are shifting consumer demands impacting the evolution of what an entrée looks like?
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Frico and French onion dip are among some of the menu standouts from Chef Gerry Ludwig’s 2018 trends tour. See how they’re creating buzz on menus.
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The shifting definition of what counts as breakfast food now embraces flavors from around the globe
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Creative ingredient play, unexpected flavor combinations and brand compatibility all mark the modern pizza trend
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Fried Chicken can deliver fantastic results that build revenue, buzz and return visits.
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Inspirations for salad builds with a modern flavor narrative
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Insight into five key areas for nonalcoholic menu development: soda, lemonade, coffee drinks, tea and fermented beverages
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Tips for starting and enriching your non-alc beverage program
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On-trend flavors in soda, lemonade and tea in 2018, according to Datassential
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Infusing a brand’s personality into dessert offerings marks a sweet opportunity today
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Leverage butter’s magical ability to enrich and lengthen flavor experience while carrying trending flavors flawlessly
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The potential flavor combinations and ingredients that work in compound butters are virtually endless
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This dish demonstrates how chefs can apply a tremendous amount of creativity to fries through brines, glazes or infusions
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Andy Little of Josephine in Nashville talks about his flavor trifecta
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Will Eudy shares his go-to ingredients that help build a great flavor story
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In Indian mash-ups, subtle moves show up as a gentle touch, an easing in of flavor. The result is significant, offering delicious flavor discovery
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Introduce the exotic flavors of India into your beverages
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4 ways to make your fried chicken dishes truly your own - using your story, flavor building, careful choice and use of oil, and choosing the right cut
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Fish spreads, smoked mussels and their ilk are becoming the new hip and cool bar bites. Seafood has become shareable, thanks to intriguing culinary technique and appealing presentation.
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With so much momentum behind hummus innovation, a new opportunity has taken shape, where chefs are looking beyond traditional hummus and exploring the menu potential of other plant-based purées.
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Indian food is catching fire this year. Approachability is everything. With diners game for the next flavor frontier, Indian mash-ups are poised to offer a differentiating thrill.
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Flavor-rich döner and shawarma are ripe for mainstream menu development. Their built-in craveability, coupled with an ease of translation into creative interpretations, make them a good bet for successful menu development.
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Creative brittles, crumbles, crispy bits and popped grains are upgrading the dining experience. Chefs are taking textural play to the next level - and having fun.
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In today’s foodservice landscape, unique flavor-building is key to menu differentiation and brand loyalty. Spicy yogurt helps tell a compelling flavor story that draws guests in with the guarantee of a creamy mouthfeel and the promise of adventure.
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Today's tacos take inspiration from all cuisines including Latin, Southeast Asian, Indian, Mediterranean. There's a huge opportunity in global taco mash-ups with a casual, social vibe.
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Sorghum’s flour answers the demand for both gluten-free and whole-grain. Sorghum syrup offers a mild, sweet, distinctive flavor. And popped sorghum makes a perfect whimsical crunchy topper.
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Falafel is a plant-based superstar, with craveable texture, customizable flavor and endless versatility. It’s cheap and delicious, and chefs can create signature versions to keep customers interested and satisfied.
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Fun cocktails offer escape, entertainment, and shareability. Use your cocktail menu to push limits and thrill with new flavor combinations.
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The chefs, food & beverage experts and industry analysts who provided insights for this special Top 10 Trends 2018 issue
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This Ras el Hanout Hummus Bowl with Sockeye Salmon showcases some of today’s biggest trends
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Looking beyond 2018, what flavors, ingredients and movements are at the edge of the trend cycle?
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Cold brew coffee offers on-trend beverage builds
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Coffee and cereal milk: tapping into morning cravings for on-trend brunch cocktails.
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4 areas to explore to create a memorable, whimsical cocktail experience for your guests.
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Chefs are dialing up the delivery, updating this delicious classic and twisting it into new formats
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Menu ideas that borrow from the rotating spit concept but vary the protein and flavors
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The layers of flavor that build craveability in Eastern Med sandwiches
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Move the falafel into a mini-burger format with a simple shift in shape.
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Indian flavors are moving into the beverage realm, adding their bold flavors
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Indian cuisine mash-ups are an ingenious way to introduce bold, unfamiliar flavors in approachable, loved formats.
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Some of the most prominent Indian pantry items that are ripe for the picking.
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On-trend ingredients that help build a craveable falafel dish.
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4 trends that adapt well in taco format creating portable, powerful flavor
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The opportunities to leverage the sorghum trend across all dayparts are endless
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Chefs are now moving tacos to the sweet side of the menu
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10 proven flavor combinations that hit that sweet spot of craveability and familiarity presented in taco format
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Recipe for Browned Bratwurst and sliced onions simmered in dark beer with garlic and thyme served in a warm Mission® 6″ Heat Pressed Flour Tortilla
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Try these add-ins to keep this condiment on the cutting edge.
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Ideas and inspiration for how to use yogurt creatively in your menus.
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Greek yogurt helps foodservice operators leverage the assertive flavors of India and the Eastern Mediterranean.
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Dust beverage rims with sugar crystals and spices to add textural delight
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Use texture to surprise and delight consumers with unexpected, flavor-enhancing experiences
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A number of drivers are pushing falafel into the spotlight: the fascination with Eastern Mediterranean flavors, the rise in plant-forward cuisine and the chickpea boom.
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Sorghum’s role in beverages is on the rise, with its versatility ranging from sweetener to spirit
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4 ways to develop a sustainable and 100-percent utilization approach to seacuterie.
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Plant-based purées are a smart way to exploit this area of growth.
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4 ways to develop a sustainable and 100-percent utilization approach to seacuterie.
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Plant-based purées are a smart way to exploit this area of growth.
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Welcome to the January-February 2018 Top 10 Trends issue from Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Cathy Nash Holley
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4 ways to develop a sustainable and 100-percent utilization approach to seacuterie.
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Sorghum is finally going national. Here are five ways to feature it on your menu.
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10 ways to key into this exciting and appealing seafood offerings trend
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Plating with a plant-based and flavorful purée is an artful way to add more produce to the plate without mounding up grains and vegetables, and is a way to add interesting texture, vibrant color and layers upon layers of flavor.
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Insights into the plant-based purées trend from our panel of experts
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Take an Indian national dish, major flavor or technique as inspiration, and craft that into a new form or flavor that works on your menu and with your consumer target.
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Insights into the Indian mash-ups trend from our panel of experts
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Insights into the Eastern Mediterranean meats trend from our panel of experts
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Insights into the trend of interesting textures, from our panel of experts
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Spicy yogurt brings a cool kick to the brunch menu. Here are four easy ways with chilaquiles, hash browns, yogurt bowls and pancakes.
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Insights into the spicy yogurt trend from our panel of experts
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Insights into the tacos 2.0 trend from our panel of experts
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Insights into the Sorghum trend from our panel of experts
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Sorghum is finally going national. Here are five ways to feature it on your menu.
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Traditional falafel dishes are evolving - here are four new formats to consider
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Insights into the falafel trend from our panel of experts
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Insights into the fun cocktails trend from our panel of experts
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Ideas and inspiration for using plant-based purées on your menu.
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Hitching emerging flavors to familiar condiments builds craveability
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Lent brings big opportunity for boosting business while tapping into modern seafood strategies
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Buttermilk + Shiso leaf + White soy sauce
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Wake up to a dozen on-trend breakfast ideas
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Adaptation, interpretation and reinvention are all smart ways to serve up signature dishes
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How the eatertainment segment is upping the ante on fun food
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Countrywide research reveals five next-level beverage opportunities
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Flavor in Focus: Crispy, crunchy and heavenly, fried small plates deliver craveability like nothing else
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Flavor in Focus: A distinctly Southern accent is showing up in diverse applications
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Flavor in Focus: Chefs today are creating even bigger flavor play to stand out in a crowded field
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A cheese-centric approach leads to small-plate success
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Vegetables aren’t just shining in food, they’re lighting up the cocktail menu as well
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Wherever there’s a need for a distinctive, unexpected punch, Sambal shines brightly
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Nels Storm introduces five flavors that inspire culinary creativity
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Quinn Adkins introduces this go-to trifecta of cornmeal, blackberries, and Texas Pete® Honey Mustard Sauce
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Non-alcoholic beverage innovation was front and center at this past summer’s Mise conference
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The annual California Walnut Harvest Chef Summit brought a group of chefs and media to Sacramento for an in-depth look at the mighty and versatile walnut
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Leverage a few of today’s trending flavor themes using America’s favorite condiments
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An annual celebration of foodservice trends, sharp insights and big flavors
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Street-level research reveals creative sparks that can flame menu innovation
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Having tasted 1,197 dishes for the On Trends 2017 research, these were the three dishes that really stood out
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This category, known for innovation, is changing. What’s working in this space, and what’s next?
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Today’s comfort pasta dishes show off craveable, modern flavor builds
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A must-have, come-back-for-more dish calls for a strategy that goes way beyond the recipe formula
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Six ways to maximize the popularity and versatility of cheese
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Modern flavor trends are informing creative iterations of America’s favorite sandwich, the grilled cheese
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Twelve ways to satiate diners’ never-ending appetite for heat
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Commodity boards showcase how to harness trending global flavors
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Innovation in both boozy and non-alcoholic coffee and tea drinks demonstrates huge menu potential
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Condiments, spreads and dressings are the hidden heroes of today’s sandwich innovation
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Matthia Accurso's go-to flavor trifecta: Texas Pete Hot Sauce, Gruyère and fresh apple
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Wee potatoes are expressing the kitchen’s creativity while answering the call for fun, sociable, flavor-forward fare
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Kevin Atkinson's go-to flavor trifecta: harissa, mustard and avocado
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Five flavors that inspire culinary creativity, suggested by Eric Lucas Clarke of MAD Greens.
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James Pitzer's flavor find - house-pickled raspberries
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Fortified & Aromatized Wines - these ancient concoctions promise modern flavor building
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Fried rice is versatile, economical and shareable
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Chefs are rediscovering the potential of this classic technique. The Hasselback technique encourages a fun interpretation of today’s best flavor systems.
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New York-based Dinosaur Bar-B-Que recently added two signature barbecue bowls to its menu
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Brining and braising introduce moisture, complexity and nuance to modern dishes.
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Tips to help you manage operations while keeping up with trends
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Thanks to inspired flavor combinations, today's chicken wings are taking flight
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When it comes to sundaes, chefs are upping the flavor and textural ante, choosing intriguing combinations and pulling in on-trend ingredients.
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Brining and braising introduce moisture, complexity and nuance to modern dishes.
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The coolest cocktail explores new flavor frontiers. Ten ways to re-invent the Margarita.
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Business & Industry innovation shines a spotlight on an evolving consumer
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Modern barbecue trends rely on a secret sauce of authenticity and innovation
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Ten produce categories creating interest and flavor-forward innovation on today’s menus
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Modern nachos are showcasing unexpected flavor systems
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Sam Kim's go-to flavor trifecta: cumin, ginger and Sichuan peppercorns
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Emerging flavors and forms that will carry the torch for the casual cuisine mega-trend.
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Tracking the evolution of menu language that resonates with diners
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A dozen trending ingredients making a splash today
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Five flavors that inspire culinary creativity, suggested by Eric Gabrynowicz of Tupelo Honey
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Spiralized or shaved fruits and vegetables add intriguing dimension to a dish
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Alex Q. Becker's flavor find is a craveable fresh corn tempura
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Keeping up with flavor trends while staying true to your brand is key to stability and growth.
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Emerging flavors and forms that will carry the torch for the casual cuisine mega-trend.
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Street-level research brings fresh ideas and menu strategies
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Creativity and contrast mark the modern fish taco
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The priorities of a generation continue to shape our industry in profound ways
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Cocktails go deep with these high-impact ingredients
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Breathe new life into late-stage trends with creative flavors and forms
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A dozen ways to reinvigorate this classic category
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From flour to flame, see what’s trending in this red-hot category
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Commodity boards harness the momentum of the bowl trend
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Tap into these menu-ready dessert trends for prime opportunities
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Chefs are staging a coup, toppling the reign of tender greens and bringing back the crunch. Driven by a more intentional approach to salad-building, romaine and iceberg are getting called up, tucking craveability and, yes, innovation, among their crisp leaves.
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Thanks to the proliferation of ramen bowls, along with the new izakaya wave, chefs are discovering the flavors of comfort-forward Japanese ingredients and dishes, like karaage, katsu and okonomiyaki, promising craveable, memorable experiences.
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Small potatoes are making big moves and showing off their skills as a shareable, sociable innovation platform. Minis, marbles, fingerlings—all respond beautifully to flavor techniques like roasting, blistering, smoking and smashing.
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Old-fashioned comfort meets modern flavor innovation in today’s forward-thinking skillet preparations. Rustic and earnest, skillets today host bubbling pasta dishes, shareable dips and caramelized mini platters of veg-centric bar bites.
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This overarching trend speaks to a menu strategy that appeals to today’s modern diners. Thoughtfulness of intent, transparency in sourcing and a mindfulness around flavor-building all give this trend long legs.
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Propelled by the interest in plant-based proteins, the veg-centric trend and Middle Eastern fare, the chickpea is stealing the spotlight. From bar bites of roasted chickpeas to the next wave of hummus and the explosion of falafel, they promise wholesome adventure.
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This trend sees seafood boldly stepping out of its traditional confines and embracing big flavor combinations and casual presentations. Chefs are menuing seafood in thrilling ways, underpinning the dishes with an approachable, but meaningful message of sustainability.
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Chile varietals are always on trend, giving diners the heat and excitement they yearn for. Guajillo is capturing chefs’ attention because of its depth of character, offering flavorful heat plus a cool regional Mexican hook.
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With the growing interest in soda alternatives plus innovation in the cocktail space, creative non-alcoholic offerings are vying for menu space. Fast casuals are leading the way with fresh-pressed juices; hand-crafted sodas; flavor-forward lemonades and iced teas; iced coffees and more.
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America’s favorite shareable is getting a serious makeover from chefs who are mindfully constructing layers of textures and flavors. Speaking to modern flavor trends, today’s nachos extend a restaurant brand’s playfulness and creativity while delivering big time on craveability.
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 Incorporating unusual ingredients and combinations
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Rethink your salad menu strategy. Go with two to three core salads on your menu that have longevity year-round, then implement a robust salad LTO cycle that features a new seasonal salad offering every two months.
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Pull in both seacuterie and classic dishes for a crowd-pleasing range of seafood options to serve at the bar
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A dozen ways to leverage the fresh zing of citrus across the menu
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Cheesecake offers a rich canvas for fun, modern flavor innovation
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An interesting progression emerges in cocktail trends
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Savvy menu-makers are front-loading menus with produce-driven bar bites, appetizers and small plates that entice diners
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Leverage the insights and data that commodity boards offer up for strategic menu development
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What’s not to like? Favorite deli flavors go beyond tradition.
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Global protein treatments with on-trend opportunity and complex, craveable flavor
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Spreading the excitement well beyond Lent, boosting sales and creating new dining preferences all year long
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Forward-thinking culinary directors are pioneering new landscape and impacting the mindset, sophistication and expectation of younger consumers
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New Trends Outside the Big Easy
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On-trend menu builds that stand out with rich flavor stories
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The shifting plate makeup is putting a renewed emphasis on quality protein with flavor at the forefront
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Extend the flavor stories behind some of the most craveable and successful profiles today
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The success of the banh mi has demonstrated the importance of high-impact produce in sandwiches
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Chefs are exploring the menu potential of furikake and togarashi, two high-impact finishes
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Thanks to younger consumers—raised with single-varietal coffees, a rainbow of black, green, white and red tea shades, and curious about anything that smacks of the new—innovative methods, like cold-brew have found little customer resistance.
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Newer menu development around seafood is edgier, more global, and often sees bolder flavor combinations.
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Generic tomato soup and clam chowder will probably never go away, but creative innovation can help elevate soups to signature. Here are 10 upgrades, from creative garnishes to edgy, global mash-ups, that could give chicken noodle a run for your profits.
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Key into the flavor preferences of the hugely influential younger generations.
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A dozen of today’s most exciting fried foods.
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The latest ingredients bartenders are using to make a beverage pop.
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As more chefs modernize nostalgic desserts, both consumer expectation and menu opportunity go up.
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Sandwiches invite creativity, from riffs on such classics as club sandwiches and BLTs to new ingredient stars like lamb and braised short rib.
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Thinking about making more fresh juices in house? Consultant Kim Haasarud of Liquid Architecture offers these suggestions.
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Shareable dessert trios, selections and flights offer mini adventures at the end of a meal.
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Contemporary touches are creating renewed interest in Indian cuisine
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From coast to coast, new restaurants provide clues to future menu direction
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Fresh and profitable, juice and juice blends pack plenty of positives on a menu.
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The modern steakhouse tailors its menu to today’s evolving consumer
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The world of grains has opened up in the last few years, ushering in a new era of discovery. Bolstered by intriguing, historical narratives and significant health positives, chefs are menuing ancient grains like quinoa, freekeh, farro and barley in whole-grain salads, as both sides and entrées. Bowls have become the modern version of a salad: heartier, driven by global flavor exploration, and perceived as both delicious and wholesome.
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Chefs are staging a coup, toppling the reign of tender greens and bringing back the crunch. Driven by a more intentional approach to salad-building, romaine and iceberg are getting called up, tucking craveability and, yes, innovation, among their crisp leaves.
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The vegetable-centric movement has taken hold, with opportunity growing in leaps and bounds
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Where did this sauce come from, and where is it headed?
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Pie and cake lovers can be as divisive about their dessert preferences as dog and cat people, but chefs are finding new and old ways to court both factions.
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Earthy, meaty, smoky or woodsy, mushrooms bring depth to the plate
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In a world that values housemade, speed-scratch lends a helping hand
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Collaboration, logistics and promotionlead to successful menu strategies
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Bring the vibrant flavor of this fresh sauce to unexpected places
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Turn the nostalgic frozen treat into a signature dessert
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Commodity boards help keep an eye on ever-evolving trends
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Flavor preferences and attitudes toward wine are different for Millennials
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Poutine has become ubiquitous, offering a craveable platform for customization
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No more limp leaf of lettuce—produce is the creative force in today’s sandwich builds
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Millennials bring different values and habits to the table—wine lists should better suit their tastes
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A look at menu “wins” resulting from commodity board and operator partnerships
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Ongoing research reveals inspired ingredient and flavor innovation—with a sweet finish
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More menus are featuring small bites that are shareable, craveable and crunchy
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As American brewers and consumers discover the many flavors of Belgian-style beers, restaurants should take notice
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Sweetness rules the dessert menu, but subtle flavor touches add distinction
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12 trending cocktails that offer mouthwatering opportunities for signature sips.
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Bar snacks and small plates are big business—make them protein-centric for an even meatier return
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Three days of key insights and flavor trends
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The new menu-labeling regulations prompt operators to take a fresh look at how to deliver what diners want
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For ground-level consumer trend tracking, pay attention to the innovations put forth by supermarket chefs
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When chefs make produce craveable, customers come back for more
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Grains keep making inroads onto mainstream menus; here are a dozen varieties with menu versatility and staying power
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What strategies yield desserts that fulfill demanding expectations?
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The next generation of global inspiration brings big, diverse flavors to protein dishes
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Restaurant research in major U.S. cities uncovers creative menu ideas at every turn
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Brining and braising bacon yields a tender, delectable ingredient with multiple uses
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Nationwide flavor trends get their start at emerging regional chains
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Reinvigorate your beverage program for a big payoff
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Regional Italian food and drink at its best can be found in the traditions of the Piedmont region
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Commodity boards help cut through misconceptions that can lead to menu-development obstacles
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Untapped opportunities for produce can fill menu gaps with flavor
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From salty to sour to umami, the basic tastes we know and love are taking on unconventional roles
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Accessible flavors and comforting dishes bring “new” global cuisines closer to home
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Tapping the full potential of protein requires a flavor-centered touch
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Want flavorful, versatile and economical all in one cut of meat? Try the thigh.
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Good carriers display the latest flavor trends at their best
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Charged or carbonated cocktails provide new ways to present favorite flavors
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The annual VIBE Conference brings beverage flavor and service trends front and center
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Our big cheese culture holds its own against its international predecessors
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Kids know what they want, and commodity boards know how to help cater to their wishes
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The ruler of the dessert menu is going strong and responding to changing times and tastes
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How are operators taking the healthfulness of their menus to the next level?
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New, unusual and versatile produce varietals making their way onto menus
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The sustaining trends expressing themselves in the a.m. daypart continue to grow in leaps and bounds
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Together, commodity boards and chefs maximize ingredients’ potential
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Creative hot cooking methods accentuate the oyster’s treasures
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The approach to better-for-you menu strategies varies, but flavor should always take the lead
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These distinctive ingredients delve deeper into on-trend flavor explorations
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Produce holds the key to flavor innovation in bar bites and small plates
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The latest Worlds of Flavor conference underscores the flavor of nature and the promise of technology.
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Bold, spicy, sweet, fruity—the leading flavors of on-trend beverage menus
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Growing Hispanic and Asian populations make their mark on today’s American menus
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With our embrace of mash-up cuisines, Filipino is poised to deliver a flavorful ride
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Produce adds fresh and wholesome cues, but with the right treatment, it can add premium value to your menu.
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