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Are Veggie Burgers the Next Wave of Better Burgers?

Are Veggie Burgers the Next Wave of Better Burgers?

Apr 24, 2018

The new generation of vegan meat is democratic in its reach. Accepted by meat-eaters, and applauded by vegans, this shift offers a nudge to celebrate all ingredients and lead with flavor.

6 Tips to Kickstart Creative Menu Planning

6 Tips to Kickstart Creative Menu Planning

Apr 18, 2018

Proactive menu design is on the to-do list of many restaurateurs. Here are 6 tips to energize your creative thinking and set you on the path toward routine planning.

Low Country Jambalaya

Low Country Jambalaya

Apr 09, 2018

"It is said that Cajun food on New Year’s Day brings good luck. I always try to start out the New Year with jambalaya as part of the menu. I can use all the luck I can get!" Chef Mike Speranza

Lowcountry Lowdown

Lowcountry Lowdown

Apr 06, 2018

Local seafood, rice and produce abound in Lowcountry cuisine, the signature fare of the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia.

Spring Produce Brings Inspiration

Spring Produce Brings Inspiration

Apr 03, 2018

Fresh herbs for bright green sauces, purslane to top a spring salad and wild morels to round out a veggie stir-fry are just the start of why seasonal eating is appealing.

Pressing for Progress Everyday

Pressing for Progress Everyday

Mar 27, 2018

On March 8, we saw our social feeds fill with #pressforprogress to acknowledge International Women’s Day. As we look forward, we will remind ourselves that days like these shouldn’t be a one day event.

Bowl Movement

Bowl Movement

Mar 22, 2018

It’s not a secret that we’ve been a bit obsessed with noodle bowls lately. In fact, we’ve named it one of our top trends for 2018 and expect the trend to hang on beyond this year. Let us explain.

Why Sauces Matter in Menu Development

Why Sauces Matter in Menu Development

Mar 14, 2018

Familiar sauces, especially those rooted in favorite cuisines, give us a foundation for introducing new flavor profiles and ingredients that diners may not have chosen if they stood alone.

Noodle Bowl Obsession

Noodle Bowl Obsession

Mar 05, 2018

Asian noodle bowls combine elements of rustic simplicity with complex, rich flavors—making this culinary category one of the most exciting to hit American menus in recent years.

Bowl Explosion

Bowl Explosion

Mar 05, 2018

Historically, in the United States, bowls were relegated to soup, salad, cereal and pasta dishes. Today, bowl dishes have reached a whole new level. Click to read more!

6 Steps for Insight-Driven Menu Innovation

6 Steps for Insight-Driven Menu Innovation

Mar 01, 2018

Introducing a new menu item doesn’t have to be a roll of the dice. With intelligent menu design using a fact-based approach, you can take your menu to new heights.

The Flavor of Chipotle is Still Growing

The Flavor of Chipotle is Still Growing

Feb 22, 2018

It wasn’t too long ago that chipotle, a dried and smoked red chili, made an appearance on top trends lists. Now, from entrees, to snacks, to beverages, chipotle is ubiquitous.

The Growing Potential of Ponzu

The Growing Potential of Ponzu

Feb 14, 2018

Growing in popularity, expanding across menu types and as versatile as the most impactful ingredients that have come before it, we believe Ponzu has staying power.

Umami Bomb

Umami Bomb

Feb 08, 2018

Harness the power of umami to create menu items that are savory, craveable and rich in complex flavor.

The Fifth Taste

The Fifth Taste

Feb 05, 2018

Many of the products that Custom Culinary® has available in our branded portfolio provide simple operational solutions for adding a ton umami flavor to dishes. Click to read more!

Umami Completes the Plate

Umami Completes the Plate

Feb 02, 2018

While only 28% of consumers claim to know umami, according to Datassential, we would bet that 100% would miss the flavor profile if it wasn’t already part of their favorite meals.

The New Version of Healthy

The New Version of Healthy

Jan 24, 2018

Dieting and cutting calories have stepped aside to allow room for a more modern mindset that puts wellness front and center. In essence, the goal is the same, but the language is quite different.

Soup Trending on Today's Menus

Soup Trending on Today's Menus

Jan 17, 2018

Menu items that are the most familiar give us the freedom to introduce exotic spices, trending proteins and global flavors.

2018 Top 10 Trends Overview

2018 Top 10 Trends Overview

Jan 12, 2018

The team at Custom Culinary® is always on the hunt for the next big ideas in foodservice—leveraging our wide array of tools to deliver best-in-class insights. Whether we find inspiration in the kitchen or from the mind of the consumer, it’s all supported with industry research and the products to make your menu stand out from the crowd.

2018: A Year Primed for Big Flavor

2018: A Year Primed for Big Flavor

Jan 03, 2018

2018 trends point to a deeper exploration of flavor-rich ingredients, cuisines and spices. We have the opportunity to deliver with authentic flavors, bold sauces and dependable bases.

Holiday Bar Bites

Holiday Bar Bites

Dec 20, 2017

It's time for holiday appetizers! Click for recipe inspiration specific to holiday bar bites!

2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

Dec 18, 2017

Click to review our 2017 trends and take a sneak peak at our upcoming trends for 2018!

Comfort Foods

Comfort Foods

Dec 06, 2017

The weather is getting chilly! Click for comfort food recipes from Custom Culinary®!

World Vegan Month

World Vegan Month

Nov 28, 2017

November is World Vegan Month! Click to read benefits of a vegan diet along with Custom Culinary® vegan recipes.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Nov 16, 2017

Turkey is always the star at Thanksgiving, but we are featuring Thanksgiving side dishes that will be sure to steal some of the spotlight!

Craft + Cocktail + Cuisine

Craft + Cocktail + Cuisine

Nov 03, 2017

As the holiday season is upon us, we could think of no bigger or more appropriate food trend to highlight than those that involve wines, spirits, beers and cordials. Click to read more!

World Pasta Day

World Pasta Day

Oct 26, 2017

Do you know how many different pasta shapes there are? Click to find out! We also share some great pasta recipes from Custom Culinary®!

Smart Pizza Marketing

Smart Pizza Marketing

Oct 20, 2017

October is National Pizza Month! We are featuring a Kansas City company who is launching a food truck and using social media to build brand visibility. Click to read about their strategy along with some Custom Culinary® products that go great on pizza!

Sustainable Seafood

Sustainable Seafood

Oct 17, 2017

It's National Seafood Month so we are featuring the company, Sea to Table, and a few of our favorite seafood recipes! Click to read more!

Expedition: South America

Expedition: South America

Oct 03, 2017

We often talk about how the United States is the great melting pot of cultures. One could say the same about the cuisine of South America. Various cultures and cuisines have all played a part in influencing the food of this diverse continent. Click link to read more!

National Honey Month

National Honey Month

Sep 28, 2017

September is National Honey Month! Click to read about our culinary creations using honey!

Oktoberfest USA

Oktoberfest USA

Sep 21, 2017

Oktoberfest is here! Click to read some of the Custom Culinary® recipes that feature beer and how Chicago local breweries are aiming to offer more authentic German-style amber ale!

Rice Biodiversity

Rice Biodiversity

Sep 12, 2017

September is National Rice Month. This spotlight feature is on Lotus Foods, a company that focuses on importing handcrafted rice from small family farms to the U.S.

Side Dishes - From Side to Star

Side Dishes - From Side to Star

Sep 05, 2017

Both independent and chain restaurants are now using innovative side dishes to their benefit to increase traffic and check averages. Click to read more!

Farmer's Market Peaches

Farmer's Market Peaches

Aug 28, 2017

August is National Peach Month. Click the link for peach recipe ideas beyond desserts!

Hot Austin

Hot Austin

Aug 17, 2017

The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is this Sunday, August 20th. Founded in 1990, it has evolved into the largest family friendly competition of its kind - an estimated 10,000 people attend!

Chicken Sandwich LTO's

Chicken Sandwich LTO's

Aug 10, 2017

Summer is a perfect time to feature healthy and fresh items as LTOs to test for future menu permanency.

Soup-er Nourishing

Soup-er Nourishing

Aug 04, 2017

Comfort food to each of us is different. Whatever brings you back to your childhood, home life, culture and upbringing becomes your comfort food. One of the most compelling comfort foods, and one that touches to some extent everyone, is a hot bowl of wholesome and nourishing soup.

NACUFS 2017

NACUFS 2017

Jul 27, 2017

The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) held their National Conference in Nashville, TN this year from July 12-15. Click to read a recap of some conference highlights!

Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Vegetables

Jul 20, 2017

Summer is a great time to make pickled vegetables. Click to read how pickled vegetables are reaching new heights!

Crème Anglaise

Crème Anglaise

Jul 17, 2017

Crème Anglaise is French for “English Cream,” a classic light custard dessert sauce. Click to read how Custom Culinary® can help you add Crème Anglaise to your signature dishes!

Tropical Asian Heats Up!

Tropical Asian Heats Up!

Jul 06, 2017

America is the true melting pot. In today’s food world, we have access to almost any flavor or ethnically driven delight we desire. Increased global travel, the Food Network Effect and the shear diversity of our population have all played a part in this celebration of global foods, ingredients and flavors.

Fast Casual Lobster Rolls

Fast Casual Lobster Rolls

Jun 23, 2017

Summer is a great time to eat lobster! Click to read about places that serve great lobster while also giving back to their community.

Ketchups with a Kick

Ketchups with a Kick

Jun 15, 2017

Ketchup is an ingredient used across menus worldwide. Click to read how you can innovative this universal ingredient!

Socially Responsible Falafel

Socially Responsible Falafel

Jun 08, 2017

Monday, June 12th is International Falafel Day. Falafels are gaining popularity on America’s menus since they are a meatless option for veg-centric diners.

Regional American BBQ

Regional American BBQ

Jun 02, 2017

All in all, Americans as a whole are pretty savvy and passionate about food and dining, specifically around Regional American BBQ.

Sriracha 2.0

Sriracha 2.0

May 25, 2017

Menu innovators are currently asking, “What will be the next Sriracha (a.k.a. Sriracha 2.0)?”

Between the Bun Statistics

Between the Bun Statistics

May 15, 2017

May is National Hamburger Month. Recently, Technomic Inc. released some eye-opening statistics validating the popularity of burgers in America.

National Hoagie Day

National Hoagie Day

May 05, 2017

Friday, May 5th is National Hoagie Day. “Hoagie” is the name coined in Philadelphia for a big Italian sandwich and was declared the “Official Sandwich of Philadelphia” in 1992 by former Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell.

AM Flavors on PM Menus

AM Flavors on PM Menus

May 04, 2017

Breakfast has come a long way in recent years from a creative standpoint. Sure, bacon and eggs or pancakes and French toast are still all-time staples, but chefs everywhere are taking this meal period to a whole new level.

Veg-Centric

Veg-Centric

Apr 28, 2017

More and more consumers, whether they are vegans, vegetarians or flexitarians are demanding vegetable dishes as their go to center-of-the-plate entrees. Consequently, chefs are becoming more innovative when it comes to creating vegetable-based dishes as their signature stars.