Test Kitchen

Globally Inspired Takeout

Today’s savvy diners want authenticity, bold flavor, portability, and convenience. Globally inspired street food delivers on all of these aspects, and when offered to go, it can be incredibly profitable for your operation. There are endless possibilities when it comes to the flavor profiles and cultures from which inspiration can be drawn for your to-go program.

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Profitable, Yet Undervalued Produce

With a stunning 52% of all produce in the U.S. going uneaten according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, it is more important now than ever to feature a versatile assortment of produce on your menu. Lesser-known produce such as salsifies, turnips, and beets may look peculiar, but they offer flavorful properties that you would never expect from their appearance. ...

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Fresh & Local: Tomato Takeover


According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, tomatoes are the second most consumed vegetable in the U.S., behind potatoes. As the backbone to countless sauces, soups, juices, condiments, and garnishes, tomatoes are extremely adaptable to any dish and can also stand alone, simply dressed with oil and seasoning. When utilized at their peak, tomato seasonality can make all the difference ...

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Essential Elements of Mediterranean Cuisine

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The current consumer love affair with Mediterranean cuisine provides an opportunity to cast vegetables and grains in a refreshing new light on your menu. Some 28% of Gen Xers (ages 41-52) say they love Greek/Mediterranean food, ranking the highest of all demographics according to a report by Datassential. For more than half of a century, scientists have intensely studied the ...

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Get Spicy


With spice and herb combinations that meld hot and sweet with tangy and savory, Mediterranean and/or Middle Eastern cooking boast a wide array of flavors and aromas. Different countries are known for their own traditional spice mixes and marinades, each presenting wonderful ways to wake up your menu. Berbere: a fiery hot Ethiopian spice mix with intense and exotic flavor ...

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