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Build A Better Burger – Topping Tips

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Caramelized onions and mushrooms used to be the gourmet options available but even those are ordinary by today’s standards and expectations. Restaurant operators are getting creative with toppings, from jams to pickles. Topping Tips • Avocado, whether on its own or in guacamole form, is a popular choice. It offers some healthy fat too, so that’s a bonus for those ...

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Build a Better Burger – Craveable Condiments

Restaurants can differentiate themselves and their menu offerings with a variety of quality and unique condiments. Ketchup, mustard and mayo have long been standard fare to enhance burgers, but these condiments are getting a makeover with new flavor profiles. Take ketchup for example: this staple has been updated with unusual twists, such as smoky and spicy. It doesn’t even have ...

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Customer Spotlight : Burger Mondays

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Matthew and Suzanne Jones describe their restaurant, Burger Mondays Bar & Grille, as a “casual, upscale, made-from-scratch burger joint that serves more than just burgers.” It opened in February 2011 in their hometown of Binghamton, NY.The couple chose the downtown area to help contribute to its revitalization. “There were only a few places to eat downtown when we opened and ...

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A Look at Food Trends

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COCONUT CRAZE The popularity of coconut has continued with mentions on menus growing 2.9% year-over-year. Customers love it for its nutritional value and natural, tropical flavor. Applications: • Sear, sauté and pan-fry proteins such as fish and vegetables in coconut oil to give dishes a tropical spin. • Use coconut milk to braise shellfish such as clams and mussels and ...

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Why Mocktails Matter

Whenever I’m out dining with friends and the initial drink order comes around to me, a hush always falls over the table and the server’s mouth falls agape when I ask, “What can you offer without alcohol?” It’s hard not to feel like a social outcast because the answers invariably smack of a patronizing “Duh?” kind of tone; “Welllll…we have ...

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Customer Spotlight: Blu Wasabi

A visually exquisite bar and lounge. George Zic has been executive chef at Blu Wasabi since the operation moved to its current location about a year ago. Zic has been in the hospitality industry in one form or another since 1985 when he and some of his high school friends saw a help-wanted ad in a restaurant window and went ...

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