2016

Chef’s Hospitality

beef

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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Markon Produce

Markon

Does your restaurant have a signature item? A specialty, epicurean ingredient like truffles can turn something as basic as a baked potato into the most popular item on your menu. The Maines Direct Program can assist you with sourcing items from foraged mushrooms to Spanish ham, gourmet cheeses and other hard-to-find items. For fantastic vegetable side dishes like Million Dollar ...

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A Fresh Look at Autumn Desserts

Customers crave familiar, yet unique sweet flavors. They want something that reminds them of Mom or Grandma’s apple pie, but also caters to their adventuresome palates. These days, the trend is to not only execute classic desserts really well, but to do it with a distinctive spin. Alternatives like Momofuku’s Milk Bar’s Cereal Milk or familiar forms such as doughnuts ...

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Seasonal Produce Highlights: Apples

Apples

Apples bring a welcome freshness to the colder-weather months when menus are packed with heavier fare, bringing freshness, brightness, and texture (when raw) to fall and winter seasonal dishes. There are 2,500 varieties of apples in the U.S., and New York is only second to Washington state in terms of apple production. The Empire State grows and markets more commercial ...

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Prairie Creek Pork

pork

Pork’s versatility can easily be translated across establishments from diners and family-style businesses to country clubs or fine-dining restaurants. Pork lends itself well to traditional cooking methods like roasting but it is also an approachable staple in many ethnic cuisines such as Hispanic, South East Asian, and Mediterranean. Guaranteed tender pork offerings from Prairie Creek exceed expectations for any application ...

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Three Seasonal Produce Options for a Unique Flavor

seasonal produce

FINGER LIMES Peak Season: Aug-Dec Also known as the caviar of citrus, finger limes have aromatic smooth, but pebbled, skin. They hold tiny round vesicles that pop in your mouth with a tart zing and bold citrus flavor with herbaceous undertones. Their effect is much like caviar! They are the fruit of a wild Australian plant that has been used ...

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Villa Frizzoni Veal & Lamb

Veal lamb

Cowboy cooking represents tradition in every sense of the word – it is a true honest form of cooking. Originally used to reenergize cowboys after a hard day of work, searing meat over an open flame is a great way to make a bold statement on your menu. The fire, aroma, and ambiance all add to the overall experience. The ...

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Housemade Desserts

In an age when desserts are returning to basics, there is something special, wholesome, and intriguing about an ice cream sandwich. Gone are the days of extravagant pastries with over-the-top presentations — in today’s restaurant, chefs are retooling traditional techniques to create desserts that represent both simplicity and decadence. Cookies, pies, and simple cakes or cobblers are much more accessible ...

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