Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development




By Elyse Glickman
May 11, 2022

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Mark Dayanandan

Mark Dayanandan

The banquet menu at The Driskill Hotel features simple but sophisticated offerings that wow guests and reflect the classic atmosphere of the historic hotel property. Among these is the Scallop en Croûte, which wraps the tender shellfish in the rich flavors of truffle and a light French cream sauce. An eye-catching presentation is the coup de grâce for this elevated seafood dish.

“The Scallop en Croûte is presented in an incredibly unique way to highlight the freshness and depth of flavors that the dish brings to the table,” says Mark Dayanandan, Executive Chef. “Scallops are placed inside a seashell, along with the cream sauce and truffle. The shell is sealed with pastry and baked. For service, these are cut open and the scallops are served in their half shells.” It’s a dish that lends a “moment” to a special meal at the hotel. “Customers are drawn to it,” affirms Dayanandan.


About The Author

Elyse Glickman

Elyse Glickman has an extensive food and beverage journalism resume encompassing reviews, chef profiles, trends, recipes and other topics for publications and websites in the U.S. and abroad. For more than a decade, she covered the Los Angeles dining scene as a senior food editor for “Boulevard Magazine” and “C-Suite Quarterly,” while digging deeper into wine, beverage and cocktail topics for trades such as “The Tasting Panel,” “Bar Business,” “El Restaurante.” She also has explored international restaurant and food trends for travel stories published in Roseann Tully’s “Intermezzo” and “SIP” magazines, “Taste & Travel” and “Global Traveler.” [email protected]