Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development




By Flavor & The Menu
July 23, 2021

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James Flack

James Flack

Echo, an oceanfront bar and restaurant at the King and Prince resort, gets its name from the property’s history as a Naval Air station during World War II, when emerging radar technology featured the ebb and flow of electromagnetic waves. Today, James Flack, Resort Executive Chef, understands the pulse of bold, trend-forward flavors and textures, pushing innovative combinations while balancing echoes of comforting familiarity. The Smoked Oyster & Artichoke Dip embodies that sensibility.

“It all starts with fresh oysters. We get them weekly and smoke them in house,” says Nick Janos, Resort Sous Chef. These are added to a blend of cheeses, including Boursin and smoked Gouda. “The result is a rich and creamy dip that we top with panko and more cheese before finishing in the oven.”

Together, it’s a thoughtful balance between the smoked oysters, the bite from the artichokes, the melted cheese on top and chewy French baguette slices used to carry the dip. “What else could you ask for while having a drink oceanside?” asks Janos.

About The Author


Mike Kostyo is the VP of Menu Matters, a private consultancy that works with foodservice professionals to analyze, understand and leverage food and beverage, industry and consumer trends. Kostyo has been a recurring guest on Fusion TV’s “The A.V. Club” show; has been featured on NBC News, CBS Radio and Gimlet Media’s “Why We Eat What We Eat” podcast; is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines; speaks at numerous conferences across the country; and was a judge on Food Network’s “Eating America.” For over a decade, he was the resident Trendologist and an Associate Director at Datassential, one of the food industry's leading insights companies. Kostyo has a master’s in Gastronomy from Boston University, plus certificates in the culinary arts, baking arts, wine and artisan cheese production. He is a regular contributor to Flavor & The Menu and can be reached at [email protected].