Essence: Lamb, Veal, & Pork

Trends: Flock to This Trend + Shoulder Season

Fried Chicken

Flock to This Trend If you don’t already have a fried chicken sandwich on your menu, now is the perfect time to jump aboard the bandwagon. Celebrity chefs including David Chang are creating their own fried chicken concepts and customers are lining up for these craveable sandwiches. • Try some Southern comfort with toppings such as peach slaw or ketchup. ...

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A Fresh Look at Autumn Desserts

Customers crave familiar, yet unique sweet flavors. They want something that reminds them of Mom or Grandma’s apple pie, but also caters to their adventuresome palates. These days, the trend is to not only execute classic desserts really well, but to do it with a distinctive spin. Alternatives like Momofuku’s Milk Bar’s Cereal Milk or familiar forms such as doughnuts ...

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Trends: Say Aloha to Hawaiian Flavors + A Jolt of Java

Coffee Beans

Say Aloha to Hawaiian Flavors Home to many Filipino, Japanese, and Southeast Asian immigrants, Hawaii produces fusion food that combines elements of many unique culinary traditions. • Yellowtail, Wahoo, and Opakapaka are on-trend, Hawaiian fish popular for their lean protein content and delicate flavors. Serve them in dishes like fish tacos, soups, or poke. Add a ginger and panko crust ...

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Dining Trends: Pork Profiling

Pork

Technomic’s “Spotlight on Center of the Plate” report recently revealed that 66% of people who enjoy pork and beef are choosing to eat pork at least once a week! Pork’s unlimited versatility, affinity for seasonal produce pairings, comfort style cooking techniques, and reasonable price point has chefs pouncing on this rare merchandising and margin opportunity. “We sell everything but the ...

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Seasonal Produce Highlights: Squash

Squash

Unlike summer squash, winter squash has matured seeds and hard shells when harvested in early fall. Typically, winter squash carries excess water which can be released after curing the fruit and storing it at warm temperatures in a well-circulated area for 10 to 14 days. Curing the squash increases the shelf life and concentrates the natural sugars, creating sweeter flavors. ...

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