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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®!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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)?”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Snacks - Healthy Future

Snacks - Healthy Future

Feb 17, 2017

February is National Snack Food Month. Click to read about the latest trends in snacks.

Welcome to Cuba!

Welcome to Cuba!

Feb 02, 2017

Our 1st culinary trend of 2017 highlights the proliferation and rapid growth of the flavorful Cuban cuisine.

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

Jan 26, 2017

The classic version of bisque is a strained broth known as coulis made from crustaceans (shellfish – lobster, crap, shrimp or crayfish). The term was coined because the classic version refers to how the shellfish is twice cooked (bis cuites).

Low Sodium Soups

Low Sodium Soups

Jan 10, 2017

A relevant topic right now is the sodium reduction guidelines established by the FDA back in 2016. Their proposed voluntary sodium reductions were intended for a number of food categories; thus, the FDA is soliciting dialogue with the public to obtain feedback on their proposed two-year and ten-years targets.

Foodservice Trends 2017

Foodservice Trends 2017

Dec 22, 2016

The Custom Culinary® team never ceases to amaze me when it comes to identifying relevant industry trends. Looking back on 2016, they had some great picks - Smoke 2.0, Hawaiian Hits The Mainland, Spice Beyond Heat, etc., to name a few.

Spice Beyond Heat

Spice Beyond Heat

Dec 19, 2016

Hot foods are certainly not all that new, but the new wave of chili pepper–based dishes will balance pure spice with citrusy, roasted and piquant flavors. Aromatic spices like turmeric, cardamom, paprika, cumin, ginger and nutmeg will go hand in hand with chilies to deliver layers of flavor with more complexity than just heat itself.