Menu Trends Ingredients
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.
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.
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.
Quinn Adkins introduces this go-to trifecta of cornmeal, blackberries, and Texas Pete® Honey Mustard Sauce
Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Photo: Andrea Bricco
English muffins are the artisan darling of the bread world. Love & Salt’s housemade muffins come with a cube of rosemary-sea salt cultured butter.