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Dining Trends: Pork Profiling

Pork

Technomic’s “Spotlight on Center of the Plate” report revealed that 66% of people who enjoy pork and beef are choosing to eat pork at least once a week! Pork’s unlimited versatility, affinity for seasonal produce pairings, comfort style cooking techniques, and reasonable price point has chefs pouncing on this rare merchandising and margin opportunity. “We sell everything but the oink!” ...

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Seasonal Produce Highlights: Squash

Squash

Unlike summer squash, winter squash has matured seeds and hard shells when harvested in early fall. Typically, winter squash carries excess water which can be released after curing the fruit and storing it at warm temperatures in a well-circulated area for 10 to 14 days. Curing the squash increases the shelf life and concentrates the natural sugars, creating sweeter flavors. ...

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Trends: Go Bold or Go Home + Tap Into This

Spices

Go Bold or Go Home With more diners using food as a way to explore new cultures, ethnic flavors continue to influence many dishes. For some home cooks, such cuisines can be challenging to tackle at home so consumers are seeking out restaurants that offer globally inspired dishes with flair. • North African flavors are stepping into the spotlight. Incorporate ...

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Seasonal Produce Highlights: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

The fall months bring out the best in Brussels sprouts, which are a member of the Brassica (cabbage) family. Enduring a few light frosts before being picked will improve the flavor of this cold-weather vegetable, which lends itself well as a side or entrée. Sprouts are ready to harvest when green and firm and are best when stored fresh and ...

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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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