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Nature’s Blank Canvas: The Potato

potato

While steak and potatoes is about as American as apple pie, the potato is extremely versatile with its neutral flavor providing a blank canvas for numerous possibilities. With the holiday season in full swing, get a refresher on the basics of some traditional potato applications, and then ask yourself what you can do to make them better. Rösti Known as ...

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The “New” Tableside Service

tableside service

Tableside service may evoke memories of a bygone era or a service found only in country clubs and private resorts. Recently, the scarcity can be directly attributed to the rapid rise of casual dining but tableside service has made a resurgence as chefs and restaurateurs use it for newer presentations such as fresh guacamole or constructing a Waldorf Salad. This ...

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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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Trends: Flock to This Trend + Shoulder Season

Fried Chicken

Flock to This Trend If you don’t already have a fried chicken sandwich on your menu, now is the perfect time to jump aboard the bandwagon. Celebrity chefs including David Chang are creating their own fried chicken concepts and customers are lining up for these craveable sandwiches. • Try some Southern comfort with toppings such as peach slaw or ketchup. ...

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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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Trends: Say Aloha to Hawaiian Flavors + A Jolt of Java

Coffee Beans

Say Aloha to Hawaiian Flavors Home to many Filipino, Japanese, and Southeast Asian immigrants, Hawaii produces fusion food that combines elements of many unique culinary traditions. • Yellowtail, Wahoo, and Opakapaka are on-trend, Hawaiian fish popular for their lean protein content and delicate flavors. Serve them in dishes like fish tacos, soups, or poke. Add a ginger and panko crust ...

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