Tag Archives: Chef’s Notes

Chef’s Corner: Maximizing the Versatility of Sweet Corn

By Chef Eamon Lee, CEC Nothing speaks to fresh, local, and seasonal better than sweet corn in the summer. Locally, this remarkable ancient crop is abundant in July and August. There are five main types grown around the world: pod corn, the least known variety found in South and Central America; popping corn that originated in Peru; Indian corn that ...

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The French Dip: Back to Basics

Hot roast beef with a little horseradish sauce or mustard on a French roll and au jus on the side in which to drench it. It comes with mass appeal and culinary nostalgia that must be revered. There’s hardly a simpler or more enduring sandwich than this – and it’s American made. Baguette and au jus notwithstanding, France had nothing ...

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Seafood Stews

By Chef Eamon Lee, CEC Seafood stew makes sense for your menu, both from a customer demand and food cost perspective. It’s an opportunity to showcase a myriad of seafood and get creative while maximizing value through full product utilization. And, with a nod toward classical cooking techniques, everything from fish bones to shrimp shells can be used when creating ...

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Why Beef Programs Matter

Beef Programs

By Chef Eamon Lee, CEC A great beef dish starts with a great product, and flavor is paramount. When positioned properly, premium beef provides high impact and perceived value on the menu and on the plate, invariably leading to increased profitability. When choosing a beef program, it’s critical to balance the right quality with the right menu price and the ...

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Words of Wisdom from David Chang

David Chang

Known as a “bad-boy” of the culinary industry, David Chang is the owner of the Momofuku restaurant group, unapologetic in both his outlook on food and his big personality. He has been credited with increasing the popularity of modern Asian cuisine through his culinary empire, now numbering five restaurants, several dessert bars, and a cocktail bar. During our Fireside Chat ...

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Local, Organic and Fresh

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Many restaurants are incorporating organic, local foods into their menus and enjoying increased sales and positive feedback from customers. Why can’t this happen in your establishment? The most common resistance I hear is, “we’re not that kind of place,” “my customers won’t go for that fancy stuff,” or “local/organic ingredients are too expensive.” I used to say all of those ...

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Ways to Kick Up Your Entree Salads

Kicked Up Salads

With the increasing focus on healthy menu offerings and produce-based options, you may want to take a look at your salad selection to make sure you have an array of tempting entrée salads that your customers can order for lunch or a light, wholesome dinner. And that doesn’t mean adding a chef salad to the menu and calling it a ...

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