Trends

Seafood Stews

By Chef Eamon Lee, CEC Seafood stew makes sense for your menu, both from a customer demand and food cost perspective. It’s an opportunity to showcase a myriad of seafood and get creative while maximizing value through full product utilization. And, with a nod toward classical cooking techniques, everything from fish bones to shrimp shells can be used when creating ...

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Fare with Flair: Hispanic-Inspired Seafood Dishes

According to the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot report, ethnic food and global cuisine is one of the top trends of 2017. Under global flavor trends, Latin American flavors weighed in at No. 5. Adventurous, younger diners are driving this interest and customers are more worldly and sophisticated in general. Street food, especially Mexican-inspired, is also attractive to diners looking ...

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Poke Bowl Proliferation

Poke is to Hawaiian regional cuisine what hamburgers are to traditional American fare. If you want to offer a sense of the Pacific Islands, ahi-studded poke bowls are a good starting point. Besides, poke bowls are trending, consumers are interested, and with a better-for-you halo, the raw-fish dish is a versatile menu offering as an appetizer, salad, or entrée. Poke ...

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2017 Dish of the Year: The Breakfast Sandwich

breakfast sandwich

Restaurant and hospitality consultants Andrew Freeman & Co. crowned the breakfast sandwich the dish of the year for 2017 because of its appeal beyond breakfast, extending to all-day menus. From classics like the Monte Cristo to the Croque Monsieur, you can easily leverage the popularity and versatility of the breakfast sandwich by adding your own unique stamp. Almost every operation ...

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The Superfood of the Sea & Blackened Foods

The Superfood of the Sea Full of micronutrients and calcium, seaweed may give swimmers a chill down their spine, but it is a popular ingredient that provides dishes with numerous minerals as well as a healthy garnish. It is also sustainable, environmentally friendly, and contains fiber, iodine, vitamin B, vitamin C, and iron. • Combine and blend toasted seaweed with ...

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The Perfect Egg Alternative & Cocktails Gone Wild

The Perfect Egg Alternative Otherwise known as the liquid that chickpeas and beans are soaked in, aquafaba is an emerging ingredient that is popular for its egg-like consistency and plant-based properties. It has a unique mix of starches and proteins that give it a wide variety of emulsifying, foaming, binding, gelatinizing, and thickening properties. • Explore aquafaba’s full potential by ...

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2017 Herb of the Year & Name Brand Sweet Treats

2017 Herb of the Year Named 2017 Herb of the Year by the International Herb Association, coriander seeds or cilantro leaves boost the flavor of many foods. Cilantro is the bright green leaves and stems of the coriander plant found in many ethnic dishes, giving them a lemony and fresh taste. • Top a chili, stew, or soup with sour ...

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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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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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