Menu Trends 3/produce
Translating modern meatless flavor experiences into optimal off-premise options
Inspired by the veg-centric movement, fruit is revealing its culinary potential
Easy fruit-forward menu-development ideas
The tart citrus shows up on menus in surprising ways
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Tap the potato for innovative techniques in filling, binding and thickening
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.
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
Modern applications of compressed watermelon featured at two Oakland, Calif., restaurants
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 inroads into signature salads, all offering opportunity to create a memorable, come-back-again flavor experience.
Inspirations for salad builds with a modern flavor narrative
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.
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.
Flavor in Focus: Crispy, crunchy and heavenly, fried small plates deliver craveability like nothing else
Wee potatoes are expressing the kitchen’s creativity while answering the call for fun, sociable, flavor-forward fare
Chefs are rediscovering the potential of this classic technique. The Hasselback technique encourages a fun interpretation of today’s best flavor systems.
Brining and braising introduce moisture, complexity and nuance to modern dishes.
Ten produce categories creating interest and flavor-forward innovation on today’s menus
Spiralized or shaved fruits and vegetables add intriguing dimension to a dish