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The Snack Culture

Snack Trend

It’s called grazing. Or snacking. And Americans are developing a chronic case of it. But this nontraditional eating habit is more than a phase. Snacks are perfectly sized and priced for today’s slow-moving economy, changing employment landscape, healthy-eating awareness, and of course, hunger. While some worry snack culture will negatively affect lunch and dinner profits, others are reaping the benefits ...

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5 Ways to Increase Beer Sales

beer sales

How do we sell more craft beer to our customers? By making it an exciting experience, of course. And we do this by pairing, which reveals hidden flavors and interactions in both food and drink. There is plenty of sophistication in beer pairing. A good pairing should… Make use of commonalities in flavor and aroma. Create harmonies by pairing a ...

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The Craft Beer Craze

craft beer craze

In the last five years, craft beer has made it onto the menu. Its amazing capacity to pair with all kinds of foods has made beer-and-food tasting events multiply exponentially—just look at the jumbo monthly lists on beerfestivals.org. Beer may actually be more food-friendly than wine is. Winemakers, after all, have one ingredient to play with: grapes. Two, if you ...

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How to Think Like a Health Inspector

health inspection

A good restaurant must not only provide excellent food and service, but must also be clean and sanitary in its practices. New research from Technomic, a leading foodservice research firm, shows that diners in many U.S. cities consider restaurant cleanliness to be more important than the quality of the food. There are so many things on the line during a ...

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5 Things Health Inspectors Look For

health inspection

Be prepared the next time a health inspector walks through your door. Here’s a list of 5 things most health inspectors are looking for: 1. Critical Items These are literally “red” flag items denoted in red on inspection sheets. Examples include improper hand-washing, cooked foods not immediately chilled, commercial dishwashers not using the correct sanitizer concentration, and cross-contamination between cooked ...

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5 Wine and Salad Pairing Ideas for Your Menu

wine and salad

Here’s a list of some of  the most popular salads and wine pairing ideas to go with them: 1. Cobb Salad With smoky bacon, creamy avocado, tangy blue cheese, and juicy tomatoes, Cobb salad pairs well with a variety of wines. A bottle of fragrant Gewürztraminer contrasts with salty, creamy notes, while an earthy pinot noir enhances the meaty bacon. ...

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How to Pair Wine with Salads

how to pair wine with salads

Today’s salads are main events, full of vibrant colors and dimensions of flavor. When built with the right ingredients, they can be the perfect partners for a full range of wines, from crisp Sauvignon Blanc to buttery Chardonnay to earthy Côtes du Rhône. Even off-dry Rieslings and Gewürztraminers can match salads that have sweet notes. 1. Lose the Acid but ...

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Salad Do’s and Don’ts

Salad Dos and Donts

Let’s get something straight. If diners order an entrée salad, they are looking for something sensible to eat. The presumption is that the salad is not a calorie bomb. And they don’t want to be left hungry. It’s called an “entrée” for a reason. So why do so many restaurants offer such “weak” options? What Not to Do: Offer a ...

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4 Salad Toppings That Add Nutritional Value

Salad Toppings IDeas

The best salads are those that have toppings with a mix of textures—crisp, soft, crunchy, colorful, salty, or sweet. At the same time, consumers are learning that the more toppings on a salad, the more calories it packs. The good news is that you don’t need to stick with a bland salad. Certain toppings can be both a great source ...

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