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Tap into trending global flavors while staying in your guests’ comfort zone
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.
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.
With consumers showing hummus so much love, there’s an opportunity for menu differentiation through creative play in flavor combinations—both in the hummus and atop. Jorge Cespedes brings you five creative ways to top plant-based purées, lending flavor, texture and menu differentiation.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Modern applications of compressed watermelon featured at two Oakland, Calif., restaurants
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.
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.
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.
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.
Look southward for the next big thing in dessert texture—buñuelos. Here are four opportunities to showcase buñuelos in trend-forward dessert applications.
With fall in full swing, dining consumers look to warmer flavor tones in their coffee drinks, smoothies, cocktails and more. Here are 15 flavor combinations that just might give pumpkin a run for its money
Bowl builds are a powerhouse on menus today, and play well in a number of dayparts. Here are three ways to bean up your bowls, using plant-based ingredients to carry big flavors, satisfy hunger and provide nutrient-rich foods.
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.
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.
Meat remains center stage, but flavor innovation can really drive menu differentiation. We cover the what, where and why for innovating with meat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Differentiate your menu with creative takes on authentic regional dishes of Mexico.
Leverage the booming tea category and make it your own.
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.
When it comes to desserts, dining consumers want to be surprised and delighted. Enter modern texture. In this age of complex flavor experiences, we’ve moved well beyond sprinkles and tuiles. Here are five examples of pitch-perfect textural play in modern desserts.
Internationally, operators are taking the standard formula for a spritz and adding their unique personality and creativity to this popular, hot-weather-friendly beverage
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
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.
Luca Brunelle, executive chef for The Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs, shares his five flavors that inspire culinary creativity.
12 inroads into signature salads, all offering opportunity to create a memorable, come-back-again flavor experience.
John State, culinary director at Disneyland Resort, shares the trifecta of flavors that inspires him.
Unique breadings, global sauces, inventive formats and sustainable sourcing paint a picture of the elevated fried seafood landscape of the future.
Gerry Ludwig calls out three leading-edge ingredients, showcased at the CIA’s Worlds of Flavor conference.
Cold-pressed juices, functional ingredients, high-impact flavorings, Greek yogurt bases, favorite dessert flavors—all of these help make up modern smoothies
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.
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.
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.
Chicken moves into stardom when chefs show it some love, developing recipes that are delicious and trend-forward. Here are three dishes that stand out—each bringing a different approach to a very familiar protein.
Chefs are discovering mole's potential, leveraging its earthy, rich blend of nuts, warm spices, chiles and more
Innovation in the cocktail space continues to thrill the thirsty and the adventurous, wowing with intriguing flavor combinations and head-turning presentations
Ousia offers its Donut Pikilia: Housemade sampler of Halva Mousse with hazelnut chocolate, Mastiha Yogurt Mousse with pistachio glaze, and Spiced Apple
Innovating with wings showcases the constant need to update, tweak and improve—even on proven classics
Signature Flavor: “This dish is a sensory roller coaster. You get smooth, creamy, briny, crispy, smoky, salty, sour—all in one bite.”
Fun and flavorful mark the trend in summer sipping
We profile four desserts all of which convey the constant tinkering with desserts that results in a “best” flavor build
Altabira City Tavern offers a Ribeye with poblano potato purée, melted leeks, wilted arugula, sautéed oyster mushrooms, roasted cipollini demi-glace
The General Public offers Shakshuka with crushed tomato, cayenne, toasted cumin, smoked paprika, soft poached eggs and buttered baguette
Taste Bar offers its Matcha Picchu: Matcha-infused pisco, Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum, allspice dram, coconut simple syrup, lemon
Coolinary Café offers Rabbit Sausage & Noodles with Spanish onion, olives, shiitake, oyster and trumpet mushrooms, jalapeño, broccolini and kale
Dianoia’s Eatery offers its Hot Buttered Amaro Cocktail: Amaro, vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, shaved nutmeg; served warm
Nico Osteria offers a Lobster Spaghetti Pasta infused with lobster roe, blanched lobster meat, lobster miso sauce, guanciale and spring onion
Quiznos offers a Lobster & Seafood Scampi Bake: Garlic-baked lobster and seafood, mozzarella, mushrooms and onions, tomatoes, aïoli, served on artisan bread
Okeechobee Steakhouse offers a Cowboy Ribeye: slow roasted and served with housemade au jus
Bessou offers Chicken Karaage: Japanese-style fried chicken with Moroccan spices, potato salad, shiso tzatziki
Publican Anker offers Fried Shrimp with pepper jelly, pickled shallot, chive cream cheese, chow-chow, fresh mint, cilantro
True Aussie Beef & Lamb offers Madras Curry Lamb Sliders with yogurt-mint-lime sauce, cucumbers and arugula
Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile offers Braised Short Rib with candied pork belly and Mission fig reduction
Farmer Boys offers a Southwest Chicken Salad with grilled chicken breast, roasted corn, black beans, avocado, tortilla strips, iceberg and green leaf lettuce, chile-ranch dressing
Michael Jordan’s Steak House offers Charred Sea Scallops glazed with white miso paste, yuzu juice, gochujang
Riviera 31 offers a Fighter Weapon School aka top gun: Bulleit bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, lemon juice, passionfruit juice
Why you should consider uncommon beverage ingredients when designing new beverages or bar menus in the coming months and seasons.
Público offers Baked Oysters with corn custard and smoked trout roe
Brunos Italian Kitchen offers a Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bream with roasted seasonal vegetables and fingerling potatoes, green olive-lemon salsa
Dusek’s Board & Beer offers Chicken-Fried Rabbit with Hoppin’ John risotto, charred okra, chicory greens, pancetta and brown-butter Tabasco
Pinstripes offers Gnocchi & Ahi Tuna: Seared ricotta gnocchi in garlic butter and Parmesan, with fresh tuna and Calabrese vinaigrette
Temple Bar offers Heritage Pork with Lacinato kale, roasted sweet potatoes with miso and black barbecue sauce
The Immigrant Restaurant offers Duck Wings with celery leaves in vinaigrette and blue-cheese potato chips
Ted’s Montana Grill offers its Avalon Burger with Gruyère, blue cheese, bacon-caramelized onions, roasted-garlic aïoli, baby arugula on a toasted brioche
101 Beer Kitchen offers Green Chili: Roasted pork, puréed tomatillo, roasted poblanos, served over yellow rice with sour cream, charred lime, queso fresco and cilantro
Tacology offers a Soft-Shell Crab Taco with creamy jalapeño sauce
Pj’s Coffee Of New Orleans offers The King Cake Protein Velvet Ice: Cold-brew coffee concentrate, fat-free milk, whey-protein concentrate, vanilla, cinnamon
The Sorghum Checkoff offers Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Cups with a sorghum and grilled-corn salsa and chipotle-lime dressing
Old Vine Café offers a Rabbit Mole: Braised rabbit in a cashew and pasilla chile-based mole sauce, served with queso fresco and cornbread
The Whistler offers its Golden Fleece: Kikusui Funaguchi sake, preserved Meyer lemon, honey, soda
The Lakehouse offers Moroccan Spice Roasted Carrots with rich yogurt, chiles, almonds and mint
The Rez Grill offers King Crab: Grilled Alaskan king crab legs, grainy mustard butter, chimichurri
D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches offers its Southwestern Chicken, Rice & Grain Bowl: Grilled chicken and onions, charred corn-black bean-pepper salad, bell peppers, pickled jalapeños and cilantro with chipotle sauce and ranch dressing
National Pork Board With Pig Bleecker offers a Smoked & Grilled Pork Chop with peach-habanero jam, firecracker onions, greens, beans and pickled turnip
Slapfish offers its Clobster Grilled Cheese: Maine lobster, Dungeness crab, aged white cheddar, mozzarella, sourdough bread, with Jersey sauce
Manzo At Eataly Flatiron offers Arrosto D’Agnello: Roasted lamb shank with rosemary, thyme, potatoes, red onion and artichokes
Ida Claire offers Nashville Hot Chicken: Fried chicken, grilled brioche, pimento cheese, pickles, onions and sesame seeds
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza offers a Crab Pie: Crab sauce with herbs, mozzarella and surimi crabmeat stuffing atop signature pizza dough, topped with fresh parsley
Chicken Kimbachi offers a Chicken Kimbachi: Kimchi fried rice, gochujang, hibachi chicken, yum yum sauce, sunny-side-up egg, shredded nori
Db Bistro Moderne offers its Beef Rossini: Filet mignon served over pommes lyonnaise, topped with foie gras, truffles and beef jus
Snap Kitchen offers its Naked Salmon: Grilled salmon, grass-fed ghee, baby spinach, kale, broccolini, red peppers, shallots
Gianni’s Steakhouse & Seafood offers a Bavette House-cut Limousin beef with roasted garlic and Béarnaise sauce
Haywire offers a Grilled Bacon-Laced Meatloaf with a smoked tomato and poblano salsa, served with mashed potatoes and green beans
Rice & Gold offers a Golden Chicken: Roasted Cornish hen, Persian spices, stuffed shishito peppers, feta-stuffed Medjool dates, white sauce and harissa sauce
Burtons Grill & Bar offers a Salmon Romesco: Bronzed Gulf of Maine salmon, romesco sauce, herbed jasmine rice, julienne vegetables, citrus-fennel slaw
Mŏkbar offers a Mŏkbar Classic: Ramen, braised pork, gochujang pork broth, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, bean sprouts, scallion, nori
Red Cow offers a Barcelona Burger with manchego, jamón serrano, piquillo pepper and smoked pepper aïoli
Wendy’s offers a Southwest Chicken Avocado Salad: Greens, avocados, grilled chicken, tomatoes, bacon, pepper Jack, Southwest ranch dressing
Patent Pending offers 'The Twain': Tequila, Alpine liqueur, gin, pear, Woodruff syrup, almond, Fuji apple and lemon
Maison 208 offers Australian Lamb Chops with Okinawa potatoes, Pinot Noir, hazelnut-spice crust
Red Rabbit offers a San Jorge: Tequila, grapefruit, lemon, Tattersall Grapefruit Crema, St. George Pear Brandy
Komodo offers a Arroz Con Pato: Peking duck, rice, enoki mushroom, green onion, bell pepper, poached egg, shaved black truffle, served in a hot stone pot
Portsmith offers a Fried Fish & Waffle with housemade tartar sauce and Dark Matter malt maple syrup
Alto Bajo offers a Hangar Steak with mole rojo—pasilla and ancho chile, ground nuts and sesame seeds, chocolate
Coast Guard House offers a Pan-Roasted Rhode Island Striped Bass with local summer succotash, smoked romesco broth and sweet-corn custard
Gategroup/Delta Air Lines offers a Short Rib and Pickled Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Tánsuŏ offers a Char Siu Black Cod Black cod marinated with char siu sauce, broiled, then topped with XO sauce
Urban Plates offers a Chimichurri Grass-Fed Steak Plate served with hot or chilled sides and char-grilled bread
Urbain 40 offers a Ginger-Teriyaki Char-Crusted Yellowfin Tuna Filet with young carrots, snap peas, lotus root and mushrooms, curry butter emulsion
Birch’s On The Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub offers a Blood Orange Berliner Weiss
Steadfast offers Halibut with brown-butter solids, artichoke purée, artichoke chips, roasted sunchokes, pickled sunchokes, shaved lemon, preserved lemon, cress
The Ruin Daily offers a Buffalo Chicken Melt: Parmesan-crusted sourdough, cheddar-Swiss-fontina blend, Buffalo chicken, celery barigoule, ranch sauce
Woods Hill Table offers Calendar Mussels with anadama bread and crunchy ham vinaigrette
Minigrow offers a The Chicken Jawn: Fresh three-wheat noodles, whole roasted chicken, sweet-and-sour onions, black truffle, miso corn, chives, Parmesan
Rare Steak and Seafood offers a Pork Tasting: Pâté, slow-cooked belly, chicharrón and lardo
Blue Oak BBQ offers The Doobin Lubin: Brisket or pulled pork, spicy green-onion sausage, ginger-sesame coleslaw, pickles, onions, sesame seed bun
Doghaus offers a Sooo Cali Beef hot dog with wild arugula, avocado, tomato, fried onions, spicy basil aïoli on King’s Hawaiian rolls
Flying Biscuit Café offers a Chorizo Hash: Roasted potatoes, red and green peppers, onions, cheddar, chicken chorizo, over-medium eggs, tomatillo sauce, fresh cilantro
Ambar Clarendon and Baba offer a Cinema Manhattan: Cocktail Bourbon infused with caramel popcorn, port-Coca-Cola reduction, cherry bitters, with a side of sweet-and-spicy popcorn
C&S Chowder House offers a Chargrilled Oysters with garlic butter, Parmesan, lemon, Cajun spices
Sunday In Brooklyn offers a Green Goddess: Tequila blanco, Salers Aperitif, tonic, vanilla bean simple syrup, juice blend of celery, lime and pineapple
Jsix offers a Korean Rice Balls: Deep-fried balls of rice, gochujang, bulgogi, kimchi, spinach, carrots, sesame seeds
Pistache French Bistro offers a Grilled Venison Tenderloin coated in toasted juniper berries, orange zest and clove, served over butternut squash, mushrooms, snow peas and pear, topped with red currant jus
Rooh offers a Tuna Bhel: Fresh ahi tuna, avocado, tamarind gel, puffed black rice, green mango, green apple, togarashi
12 seafood categories where opportunities abound, helping answer the call for new and exciting while satisfying a desire for wholesome protein choices
10 beverage ingredients and flavors that are stirring up serious menu interest
The array of moles, served on a wooden platter with rice, demonstrates the menu potential of this craveable sauce.
Fried Chicken can deliver fantastic results that build revenue, buzz and return visits.
Inspirations for salad builds with a modern flavor narrative
Insight into five key areas for nonalcoholic menu development: soda, lemonade, coffee drinks, tea and fermented beverages
On-trend flavors in soda, lemonade and tea in 2018, according to Datassential
Infusing a brand’s personality into dessert offerings marks a sweet opportunity today
Leverage butter’s magical ability to enrich and lengthen flavor experience while carrying trending flavors flawlessly
The potential flavor combinations and ingredients that work in compound butters are virtually endless
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
Introduce the exotic flavors of India into your beverages
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.
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.
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.
Fun cocktails offer escape, entertainment, and shareability. Use your cocktail menu to push limits and thrill with new flavor combinations.
This Ras el Hanout Hummus Bowl with Sockeye Salmon showcases some of today’s biggest trends
Try these add-ins to keep this condiment on the cutting edge.
Ideas and inspiration for how to use yogurt creatively in your menus.
Greek yogurt helps foodservice operators leverage the assertive flavors of India and the Eastern Mediterranean.
4 ways to develop a sustainable and 100-percent utilization approach to seacuterie.
10 ways to key into this exciting and appealing seafood offerings trend
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.
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.
Spicy yogurt brings a cool kick to the brunch menu. Here are four easy ways with chilaquiles, hash browns, yogurt bowls and pancakes.
Sorghum is finally going national. Here are five ways to feature it on your menu.
Traditional falafel dishes are evolving - here are four new formats to consider
Greek yogurt offers a pleasing balance between acidity and richness to desserts. Use it in Greek Yogurt Icing, Frozen Greek Yogurt and Almond Panna Cotta.
For the foodservice industry, Lent is a time when demand for seafood sees a big boost from diners who choose to abstain from meat for the six weeks before Easter.
Lent brings big opportunity for boosting business while tapping into modern seafood strategies
Buttermilk + Shiso leaf + White soy sauce
Countrywide research reveals five next-level beverage opportunities
Flavor in Focus: Crispy, crunchy and heavenly, fried small plates deliver craveability like nothing else
Flavor in Focus: A distinctly Southern accent is showing up in diverse applications
Flavor in Focus: Chefs today are creating even bigger flavor play to stand out in a crowded field
A cheese-centric approach leads to small-plate success
Vegetables aren’t just shining in food, they’re lighting up the cocktail menu as well
Wherever there’s a need for a distinctive, unexpected punch, Sambal shines brightly
Nels Storm introduces five flavors that inspire culinary creativity
Quinn Adkins introduces this go-to trifecta of cornmeal, blackberries, and Texas Pete® Honey Mustard Sauce
Non-alcoholic beverage innovation was front and center at this past summer’s Mise conference
Beverage specialists at Monin have tapped into two major trends that hold big opportunity in the incredibly dynamic universe of modern cocktails
Six ways to maximize the popularity and versatility of cheese
Modern flavor trends are informing creative iterations of America’s favorite sandwich, the grilled cheese
Commodity boards showcase how to harness trending global flavors
Innovation in both boozy and non-alcoholic coffee and tea drinks demonstrates huge menu potential
Matthia Accurso's go-to flavor trifecta: Texas Pete Hot Sauce, Gruyère and fresh apple
Wee potatoes are expressing the kitchen’s creativity while answering the call for fun, sociable, flavor-forward fare
Kevin Atkinson's go-to flavor trifecta: harissa, mustard and avocado
Five flavors that inspire culinary creativity, suggested by Eric Lucas Clarke of MAD Greens.
James Pitzer's flavor find - house-pickled raspberries
Fortified & Aromatized Wines - these ancient concoctions promise modern flavor building
Chefs are rediscovering the potential of this classic technique. The Hasselback technique encourages a fun interpretation of today’s best flavor systems.
New York-based Dinosaur Bar-B-Que recently added two signature barbecue bowls to its menu
Thanks to inspired flavor combinations, today's chicken wings are taking flight
When it comes to sundaes, chefs are upping the flavor and textural ante, choosing intriguing combinations and pulling in on-trend ingredients.
Brining and braising introduce moisture, complexity and nuance to modern dishes.
The coolest cocktail explores new flavor frontiers. Ten ways to re-invent the Margarita.
Business & Industry innovation shines a spotlight on an evolving consumer
Modern barbecue trends rely on a secret sauce of authenticity and innovation
Ten produce categories creating interest and flavor-forward innovation on today’s menus
Modern nachos are showcasing unexpected flavor systems
Sam Kim's go-to flavor trifecta: cumin, ginger and Sichuan peppercorns
A dozen trending ingredients making a splash today
Five flavors that inspire culinary creativity, suggested by Eric Gabrynowicz of Tupelo Honey
Spiralized or shaved fruits and vegetables add intriguing dimension to a dish
Alex Q. Becker's flavor find is a craveable fresh corn tempura
Keeping up with flavor trends while staying true to your brand is key to stability and growth.
Creativity and contrast mark the modern fish taco
Cocktails go deep with these high-impact ingredients
Breathe new life into late-stage trends with creative flavors and forms
From flour to flame, see what’s trending in this red-hot category
Tap into these menu-ready dessert trends for prime opportunities
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.
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.
Pull in both seacuterie and classic dishes for a crowd-pleasing range of seafood options to serve at the bar
A dozen ways to leverage the fresh zing of citrus across the menu
Cheesecake offers a rich canvas for fun, modern flavor innovation
An interesting progression emerges in cocktail trends
Savvy menu-makers are front-loading menus with produce-driven bar bites, appetizers and small plates that entice diners
What’s not to like? Favorite deli flavors go beyond tradition.
Global protein treatments with on-trend opportunity and complex, craveable flavor
Spreading the excitement well beyond Lent, boosting sales and creating new dining preferences all year long
Forward-thinking culinary directors are pioneering new landscape and impacting the mindset, sophistication and expectation of younger consumers
New Trends Outside the Big Easy
The shifting plate makeup is putting a renewed emphasis on quality protein with flavor at the forefront
Extend the flavor stories behind some of the most craveable and successful profiles today
The success of the banh mi has demonstrated the importance of high-impact produce in sandwiches
Chefs are exploring the menu potential of furikake and togarashi, two high-impact finishes
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.
Newer menu development around seafood is edgier, more global, and often sees bolder flavor combinations.
The latest ingredients bartenders are using to make a beverage pop.
As more chefs modernize nostalgic desserts, both consumer expectation and menu opportunity go up.
Thinking about making more fresh juices in house? Consultant Kim Haasarud of Liquid Architecture offers these suggestions.
Shareable dessert trios, selections and flights offer mini adventures at the end of a meal.
Contemporary touches are creating renewed interest in Indian cuisine
Fresh and profitable, juice and juice blends pack plenty of positives on a menu.
The modern steakhouse tailors its menu to today’s evolving consumer
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.
The vegetable-centric movement has taken hold, with opportunity growing in leaps and bounds
Where did this sauce come from, and where is it headed?
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.
Earthy, meaty, smoky or woodsy, mushrooms bring depth to the plate
In a world that values housemade, speed-scratch lends a helping hand
Bring the vibrant flavor of this fresh sauce to unexpected places
Turn the nostalgic frozen treat into a signature dessert
Flavor preferences and attitudes toward wine are different for Millennials
Poutine has become ubiquitous, offering a craveable platform for customization
No more limp leaf of lettuce—produce is the creative force in today’s sandwich builds
Millennials bring different values and habits to the table—wine lists should better suit their tastes
Ongoing research reveals inspired ingredient and flavor innovation—with a sweet finish
As American brewers and consumers discover the many flavors of Belgian-style beers, restaurants should take notice
Sweetness rules the dessert menu, but subtle flavor touches add distinction
12 trending cocktails that offer mouthwatering opportunities for signature sips.
Bar snacks and small plates are big business—make them protein-centric for an even meatier return
When chefs make produce craveable, customers come back for more
Grains keep making inroads onto mainstream menus; here are a dozen varieties with menu versatility and staying power
What strategies yield desserts that fulfill demanding expectations?
The next generation of global inspiration brings big, diverse flavors to protein dishes
Nationwide flavor trends get their start at emerging regional chains
Reinvigorate your beverage program for a big payoff
Regional Italian food and drink at its best can be found in the traditions of the Piedmont region
Untapped opportunities for produce can fill menu gaps with flavor
Accessible flavors and comforting dishes bring “new” global cuisines closer to home
Tapping the full potential of protein requires a flavor-centered touch
Want flavorful, versatile and economical all in one cut of meat? Try the thigh.
Good carriers display the latest flavor trends at their best
Charged or carbonated cocktails provide new ways to present favorite flavors
The annual VIBE Conference brings beverage flavor and service trends front and center
Our big cheese culture holds its own against its international predecessors
The ruler of the dessert menu is going strong and responding to changing times and tastes
New, unusual and versatile produce varietals making their way onto menus
Creative hot cooking methods accentuate the oyster’s treasures
These distinctive ingredients delve deeper into on-trend flavor explorations
Produce holds the key to flavor innovation in bar bites and small plates
Bold, spicy, sweet, fruity—the leading flavors of on-trend beverage menus
Growing Hispanic and Asian populations make their mark on today’s American menus
Produce adds fresh and wholesome cues, but with the right treatment, it can add premium value to your menu.