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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.

2018 Trends - February Newsletter

2018 Trends - February Newsletter

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.

VegWeek 2017

VegWeek 2017

Apr 21, 2017

This week is VegWeek 2017, which was first launched back in 2009 by former Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin. He believed if people gave up eating meat one week out of the year, Americans could help protect the planet.

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon

Apr 11, 2017

The 39th Pig Cooking Contest was held this past weekend in North Carolina – USA’s largest whole hog BBQ. It was also the 9th annual Baconfest Chicago event last month. It is primarily a tasting event featuring the most creative bacon dishes and beverages created by Chicago chefs and mixologists.

Plant-Based Power

Plant-Based Power

Apr 07, 2017

Custom Culinary® stands ready, willing, and able to help you put great tasting vegetarian options on your restaurant's tables. Click to read more!

Mojo Sauce

Mojo Sauce

Mar 31, 2017

As March (National Sauce Month) comes to a close, I wanted to post about Cuba’s national sauce, Mojo. According to Datassential MenuTrends, the growth on U.S. menus of Mojo sauce since 2005 has been 18%.

Chicago Ramen

Chicago Ramen

Mar 27, 2017

Did you know that March is National Noodle Month? To celebrate, I have been trying to gather a group here in Lombard to go downtown to slurp some ramen before the month comes to an end.

Small Healthy Changes - Part II

Small Healthy Changes - Part II

Mar 16, 2017

Following up on Small Healthy Changes – Part I, which discussed our healthy recommendations for lunch, I would like to post Part II, which addresses dinner.

Small Healthy Changes - Part I

Small Healthy Changes - Part I

Mar 13, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month®. ChooseMyPlate.gov has a surplus of marketing materials and tools that educate people on the small healthy changes they can make every day to decrease their consumption of added sugars, saturated fat and sodium in alignment with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Clean Cuisine

Clean Cuisine

Mar 01, 2017

Our 2nd culinary trend of 2017 highlights the proliferation and rapid growth of clean cuisines.

Potato Lovers Month

Potato Lovers Month

Feb 24, 2017

Potatoes have come a long way since instant mash potatoes. Today’s chefs are innovating their menus and experimenting with flavors utilizing different cooking techniques like roasting, smoking, frying, smashing, and more.