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Cheese and Charcuterie


Charcuterie has become a mature trend that continues to appear on menus across the country as more consumers have become familiar with its many facets. Charcuterie works! Great charcuterie is an excellent display of quality handcrafted meats and artisanal cheeses rich in umami for an intense culinary experience. Adding it to any menu only requires two basic skills; procuring the ...

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Artisan Salads


Over the past decade, salads have lost their way in the food industry. Chefs today are starting to put more emphasis on the art of making salads. Whether it’s a lightened and fresh reinterpretation of the classic wedge, an homage to the  elegant-yet-simple Italian Tricolore Salad, or a salute to the seasonal farm-to-table movement with beets, artisan lettuce and goat ...

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The act of grilling is no longer confined to just meats. Grilling fruits, vegetables and other nontraditional ingredients can be a profitable point of differentiation for restaurants and appeal to a broader market. Stone fruit, polenta, cauliflower steak, and romaine, all charred to perfection can be used in any part of your menu. Grilled fruits achieve a smoky-sweet flavor, and ...

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The modern day BBQ continues to evolve as today’s chefs explore the art of low and slow cooking. All elements of the classic BBQ are now getting the same focus and attention that was once reserved solely for the ribs and brisket. Chefs extend their passion for food through artisan inspired sides, sauces and presentation. Restaurants can exceed customer expectations ...

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artisan pizza

Chefs are artisans…They are artists who take careful time to handcraft something they truly love. Chefs and consumers alike appreciate food and ingredients as they were meant to be. A humbly crafted pizza exhibits a chef’s pride, passion and mastery of the culinary arts. From a perfectly crisped crust, to fresh, regionally sourced toppings, an outstanding artisan pizza is always ...

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Muffuletta, the classic sandwich created by Italian immigrants in New Orleans, is arguably one of the best in the world. It is one of the few sandwiches that actually improves in flavor and texture after it’s made. The uniqueness comes from a house-made olive salad that tops the fresh slices of Italian cured meats and cheeses, essentially pickling and flavoring ...

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En Papillote

en papillote

Service and hospitality are resurfacing as a fundamental value and a key point of differentiation among today’s restaurants. The art of tableside service is based on the thought, presentation, and story elements behind the food being served. When using a classic technique such as en Papillote, the engagement created between the server and customer is brought to the forefront. Done ...

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In the midst of the brunch revival, the traditionally rich and heavy buffet  is giving way to á la carte menus with reinvented comfort foods and artisanal ingredients. This blend of exciting flavors with a relaxed atmosphere is becoming a part of today’s social fabric. The new brunch provides chefs with a blank canvas to express a restaurant’s culinary concept ...

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5 Ways to Include Snacks on Your Menu

Pizza Snack

Who wants to look at empty tables? While snack menu items aren’t meant to replace  meals, they help fill the seats for those in-between mealtimes. Here are six important snacking areas, plotted on all points of the indulgent-to-healthy  spectrum that are truly “all for all”: midmorning, happy hour, late-night, snacks, gluten-free and vegetarian. 1. MidMorning French Toast Cups: Draw in ...

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7 Ways to Snack in Style

metal snackware

As snacks are becoming more mainstream, add a special flare with these Snack Menu Serviceware Items. Here are our top picks for your tabletop. 1. Conical Baskets These have an awesome way of making less look like more. Pile in kabobs, fries, and other finger foods to create an appetizing array of food but with less negative space. You can ...

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