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STRATEGY | MENU MATTERS

Cheese Makes The Menu

BY ROBIN SCHEMPP | SEPT 1, 2016

It’s comforting, craveable and central to our cuisine. Can cheese get even better?

STRATEGY | CONCEPT TRENDS

The Flavors of Fast Casual

BY KATIE AYOUB | AUG. 1, 2016

What’s making the fast-casual segment pull ahead? Innovation.

STRATEGY | DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS

Forever Young

BY KATIE AYOUB | AUG. 14, 2016

Key into the flavor preferences of the hugely influential younger generations.

DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS

1.The Next Generation

What does Gen Z represent for restaurant brands, and how are operators strategizing? We took a snapshot to help better understand these younger dining consumers, coloring in the profile of Gen Z while also outlining a few concepts’ savvy approach in making them loyal customers.

MENU MATTERS

1.The Next Generation

What does Gen Z represent for restaurant brands, and how are operators strategizing? We took a snapshot to help better understand these younger dining consumers, coloring in the profile of Gen Z while also outlining a few concepts’ savvy approach in making them loyal customers.

DAYPART TRENDS

CONCEPT TRENDS

1.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.

COMMODITY BOARDS

1.Flavor Makers

Chefs know that the secret is in the sauce. Or the dip. Or the spread. It’s those condiments that carry big flavor, impacting all of the senses in significant—and hopefully memorable—ways. Creativity is key, offering big flavor in unexpected, but enticing combinations.

TECHNIQUE & TECHNOLOGY

RECIPES

Bacon, Maine Lobster and Tomato Sliders
These Maine Lobster sliders combine mayonnaise with more unexpected spices and garnishes like bacon, fennel and Sriracha.
A hearty hash made with cubed Idaho® Potatoes, braised short ribs and eggs. A delicious dish that will really stick to your customers’ ribs.
Pig out on these golden fried Idaho® Potatoes topped with mouthwatering carnitas, chorizo and bacon. Makes for a delicious starter dish or sharable plate.

GALLERY

FROM OUR FRIENDS

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.
Rob Corliss, culinary consultant, translates five sustaining trends that will continue to influence dining behavior, and that require thoughtful attention when it comes to modern menu strategy.
Vibrant color dinnerware options from Libbey® help your one-of-a-kind plating ideas take flight, creating new looks to complement your venue’s unique character. Serve up an experience that is funky, eclectic or adventurous – and always memorable.
For Spokane, Washington–based chef Adam Hegsted, beef means profits across his restaurant group, from the pure craveability of a Teres major steak, cooked sous vide then grilled, to Spaghetti-Stuffed Meatballs that turn a beloved classic literally inside out.

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