Tag Archives: Food Trend

How to Introduce Asian Elements onto Your Menu

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In less than two decades, Asian cuisine has gone from being a niche food served mostly in hip coastal restaurants to one of the most popular in the world. According to market research firm Euromonitor, global sales at Asian fast food restaurants (any restaurant that receives less than 50 percent of its sales from sit-down diners) have grown by nearly ...

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Chicken Trends

Chicken is one of the most popular proteins in the country, and Americans have been consuming it more often than beef since the 1990s. According to the USDA, Americans went from eating fewer than 16 pounds of chicken per person per year in the 1950s to about 70 pounds per person per year in the 2000’s. The popularity of chicken ...

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Winter Vegetables

Fresh vegetables are often underrepresented on restaurant menus during winter months. We tend to cut down on our use of fresh produce thinking it’s not as available or as flavorful, but there is an abundance of delicious vegetables that are in season this time of year. Here are a few examples of what is available and how to use them ...

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Offering a Non-Traditional Lent Menu

For restaurants, Lent is an opportune time to adapt menus to customers’ needs and test drive new items for limited time offers (LTOs) that could possibly become permanent. It’s also a popular time for seafood offerings, but demand for non-seafood options has grown, according to a survey by GrubHub. Seafood has been a go-to choice for restaurants but with vegetables ...

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Winter Trends: Celery is Cool, Tasty Tumeric, Indulgent Treats

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Hip Veg: Chefs Embrace Celery Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower…some unlikely vegetables have moved from the shadows of the menu into the spotlight. Is it celery’s turn? Many chefs seem to think so. No cook worth their toque would consider working without this humble ingredient… it’s integral to the classic sauce- and soupbase mirepoix and gives punch to many mayonnaise-based salads ...

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Winter Trends: Ugly Vegetables, Clean Eating, Artificial Backlash

Ugly Vegetables A lot of what is grown in this country gets thrown away, wasted, or goes unused solely because of its appearance, but homely roduce tastes just as delicious as picture-perfect products. Utilizing what the industry refers to as seconds can go a long way towards reducing waste and saving resources—as well as help the bottom line. Once an ...

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How to Implement Large Plate Meals in Your Restaurant

Move over small plates! The rapidly growing large plate trend caters to the desires of both chefs and customers, and it’s popping up on menus everywhere. For the customer, the benefits include a high value dining experience, elimination of ordering decisions, and a socially rich atmosphere that millennials and Gen Z’s crave. For the operator, large plate meals allow precise ...

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Infusing Ethnic Flavors For An Authentic Experience

Now more than ever, savvy diners, especially millennials, are concerned with a meal’s authenticity. When it comes to ethnically influenced menu items, family-style preparations are a more authentic way to present food from other corners of the world. Large platters are nothing new to ethnic cuisine, as this type of dining is traditional at restaurants such as Chinese and Korean ...

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Choosing Proteins for Large Plates

When meat is presented as the centerpiece of a meal something special occurs. Customers crave these large portion, shareable meals when dining out. Large platters boasting beautiful cuts of meat can help restaurants and food service operators meet customer needs for communal dining, shared plates, and unique, bold flavors that are all currently trending. When it comes to choosing the ...

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Small Plates – Big Trend

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Small Plates is a manner of dining that became popular in Western Foodservice after 2000. Small Plates may either refer to small dishes resembling appetizers which are ordered a la carte and often shared (such as tapas), or to the small courses served as part of a more formal meal.   Some types of Small Plates which have been influenced ...

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