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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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Chef’s Hospitality

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The tradition of tableside service is making a comeback. At your steakhouse, find a way to exceed diners’ expectations by serving an impressive, mouth-watering piece of meat, presented with a sensory flair. Tableside service offers the opportunity for a chef to tell the story of specialty cuts of meat, such as a tomahawk steak. A perfectly rested steak, sliced by ...

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Incorporating Seasonal Produce Onto Your Menu

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With more consumers gravitating toward seasonal, local, and organic produce, summer is the season for chefs to capitalize on the veg-centric trend. Spring has given way to a bumper crop of produce as excitement reaches its peak among chefs who’ve waited all year for fresh produce to showcase their creativity, technique, and innovation. To source the freshest produce, Maines supports ...

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Microgreens on Your Menu

microgreens

Aptly named because they taste just like their bigger counterparts, microgreens are a form of young, edible greens. The young, tender crops are grown to the first true leaf stage and harvested as seedlings. They also grow quickly; seeds are planted and grown in soil or a soil substitute and are ready to harvest in 7-14 days. Arugula, beets, radish, ...

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What Is Cooking a la Plancha?

cooking a la plancha

A la plancha is a type of cooking that is light, flavorful, intense, exceptionally fresh and generally regarded as healthy. Th e secret is la plancha which translates to “the griddle.” Unlike the stainless steel 350°F griddles we use in American kitchens, the plancha is usually much hotter (450°F+) wood or charcoal fired, and can be made of carbon steel, ...

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The Scoop on Seafood Sustainability

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By definition, seafood sustainability is the ability to indefinitely support a defined volume of harvesting while meeting social and economic demands, without overtaxing environmental resources. The future of the seafood industry depends on the conscious decisions made today by the many seafood consumers it serves, and that includes Maines customers. If a particular type of seafood harvesting isn’t sustainable, that ...

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How to Build the Perfect Crostini

Crostini is limited only by your imagination. Seafood, such as sardines or smoked trout, makes for a great topping. For more meaty flavor use pâté or cured meats. Many great crostini are vegetarian, made with hearty ingredients like tapenade, beans, capers, and both fresh and dried produce. Crostini is also great for dessert. As savory crostini is an excellent way ...

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Getting Creative with Crostini

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Though serving bread topped with food items has been a staple dish for millennia and crostini has been an essential appetizer for years, the dish is having a bit of a revival. Crostini have become a must-have item on many trendy restaurant menus with endless creative applications. They are served in the traditional way on toasted bread with olive oil, ...

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