Trends

Upscale Meat-Free Cuisine

Meat Free Entrees

Vegetables have been pushing meat-centric dishes out of the spotlight, especially in the quick serve and fast casual segments where health and wellness are of prime concern, but fine dining has taken longer to be wooed. This season many top chefs are eschewing protein as the center of the plate in favor of showcasing fresh produce. • Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse ...

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Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Reduce Food Waste

Nose to tail cooking has been heralded by influential chefs for the last several years—now the focus has expanded to the rest of the menu, fresh produce in particular. Root to stalk, compost cooking, vegetable offal…whatever you call it, it’s good for business…and the planet. Using more of any ingredient reduces food waste and lowers food and trash costs. When ...

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Seafood Trends

Seafood Trends

1. Fishing for Customers with Seafood Heads up, fried fish. Your days as king of restaurant seafood maybe numbered. The amount of fried fish being ordered at restaurants is declining. According to the latest data from Nations Restaurant News and The NPD Group, health-conscious consumers are more often forgoing fried fish in favor of fish that is baked, broiled, grilled, ...

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Pearls of the Sea: What You Need to Know About Oysters

Oysters owe much of their flavor to terroir, the specific environment during which they grow— indeed, oysters are the food that tastes most like the sea. According to Rowan Jacobsen from theoysterguide.com, there are at least two hundred unique oyster appellations in North America, each producing oysters with a distinct and often dazzling flavor. Don’t say “SALTY,” say “briny” They ...

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How to Pair Wines with Sauces

How to Pair Wine with Sauces

Need some help pairing wine with sauces? Look no further, here’s a quick guide! 1. Zesty Sauces Beurre blanc, lemon, lime, and vinegar-based sauces Try lighter, zestier white wines and wines with more herbal and savory characteristics: Sauvignon Blanc White Bordeaux Grenache Blanc   2. Herb Sauces Basil, parsley, mint, cilantro, dill, capers, and cucumber Look for wines with herbaceous ...

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The Next “It” Veggies

Carrots trend

Just a few short years ago, kale took the food world by storm, going from a little-used garnish to starring on menus across the globe. Since then, chefs have tried to determine what the next must have veggie ingredient will be. Cauliflower had a moment, followed by Brussels sprouts…but this fall it looks like kohlrabi and carrots are winning the ...

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Don’t Miss the Boat on Fish Tacos

fish taco trend

Last year, Technomic reported that the incidence of fish tacos on restaurant menus was up 22.5%. Restaurant Hospitality says that you are missing the boat on a key profit opportunity if you’re not selling fish tacos at your casual or midscale restaurant. They are one of the hottest restaurant trends. Customers love them because they are loaded with fresh and ...

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