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5.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.

6.2018 Trends Tour - Part 2

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.

8.Eyeing The Future

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.

10.Three Menu Standouts

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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Telling bold flavor stories gives menus a sharper competitive edge
Dave Woolley developed this fun taco spread featuring mole-inspired Bush’s Fiesta Beans layered with chiles and chocolate, smoky shredded chicken, pico de gallo, pickled jicama, sour cream and “street corn” guacamole.
Courtesy of Chef Dave Woolley Sponsor: Bush’s Best
Chef Dave Woolley’s creative plant-based tacos feature roasted cauliflower, avocado mash, honey-pickled onions, honey combtija (broken honeycomb mixed with cotija cheese) and cilantro.
Created by Chef Dave Woolley
Sponsor: National Honey Board

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Developing a host of trend-forward menu items while maximizing one new SKU
This Turkey Banh Mi delivers the big flavors of the incredibly popular Vietnamese-style sandwich with the wholesomeness and approachability of turkey.
Turkey carries global flavors while keeping things familiar in modern sandwiches
This Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich with Honey Butter is a fierce contender for today’s chicken sandwich showdown. It’s a craveable classic with a perfectly modern twist thanks to a drizzle of honey butter and the lightly sweet King’s Hawaiian Original Little Island Bun.
Say “Aloha” to craveable fried chicken sandwiches

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