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Don’t Forget the Condiments

Don’t Forget the Condiments

Oct 31, 2018

Considering the Sriracha craze, our love for BBQ sauces, and the brand loyalty of ketchup lovers, it’s easy to see that condiments have the potential to create a lasting impression.

Elevated Fried Chicken

Elevated Fried Chicken

Oct 18, 2018

Delectable seasonings, juicy meat and an unforgettable, satisfying crunch—is it any surprise that fried chicken is one of the world’s most beloved and popular foods? While most patrons are familiar with Southern-style buttermilk fried chicken, there’s truly a world of opportunity for introducing new marinades, batters/breadings, glazes and dipping sauces to your menu offerings.

3 Ways to Top a Chicken Sandwich (Plus 7 Sandwiches You Need to Try)

3 Ways to Top a Chicken Sandwich (Plus 7 Sandwiches You Need to Try)

Oct 11, 2018

Fried Chicken Sandwiches has more wings, so to speak, than most sandwiches. It’s tried-and-true and can transcend trends, cuisines, and consumer generations. And if it’s a fried chicken sandwich, well, the likelihood of love at first bite goes up.

A Toast to Toast

A Toast to Toast

Sep 12, 2018

Toast, the humble breakfast staple, is now a versatile canvas for all ingredients sweet and savory—thanks, of course, to the remarkable rise of avocado toast. Since growing 4,605% on menus over the past four years*, avocado toast has paved the way for even more unique open-faced sandwiches, artisan bruschetta and crostini.

Hooked on Seafood

Hooked on Seafood

Aug 08, 2018

Seafood consumption is on the rise as consumers look to limit their red meat intake and embrace “flexitarian” dining habits. And with seafood found everywhere from lobster roll–themed food trucks to build-your-own “brown bag lunch” eateries, it’s never been a better time to consider how a catch of the day can bring in new business.

Cruising the Mediterranean

Cruising the Mediterranean

Jul 13, 2018

The next wave of global cuisine set to make a splash on American menus can be found along the Mediterranean coast. Diverse cuisines—French, Italian, Spanish, Algerian, Moroccan and Turkish, to name a few—are united through shared ingredients like olives, wheat, grapes and seafood.

Global Grab and Go

Global Grab and Go

Jun 06, 2018

From the hawker centers of Singapore to the roadside taquerias of Mexico—fresh and flavorful street food can be found all over the world.

Carnival Cuisine

Carnival Cuisine

May 04, 2018

Say the phrase “carnival food” and what comes to mind? Food on a stick, deep-fried anything and shareable snacks that make a visual impact. From the weird to the wonderful, over-the-top eats are making their way from the fairgrounds to the dining room.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.