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Sweet + Savory

Sweet + Savory

Oct 11, 2019

Is there a more addictive, craveable flavor combination than sweet and savory? Foods like pineapple pizza have shown to activate additional sweetness receptors on the tongue, giving a true mouthwatering quality to sweet and savory pairings. Today’s operators are taking these classic combos to new heights, with innovative complexity that enhances flavor without being overpowering

PUMPKIN, THE KING OF SWEET + SAVORY

PUMPKIN, THE KING OF SWEET + SAVORY

Oct 01, 2019

As declared by Felix Salmon in a 2012 New York Magazine, ‘Pumpkin is the NEW Bacon!’ There seems to be a cult like devotion to pumpkin this fall. Pumpkin is no longer reserved for the humble pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving time; it has become a flavor additive to sweet and savory dishes.

Functionally Fantastic

Functionally Fantastic

Sep 26, 2019

Korean BBQ hit the marketplace with a flurry of flavor and has since skyrocketed into a mainstream contender. What’s happening with this flavor profile now, and what can we expect next?

The New Wholesome

The New Wholesome

Sep 16, 2019

The functional foods trend is making its way across limited- and full-service menus alike. Ingredients such as turmeric, kombucha, matcha and bee pollen are showing triple-digit growth (Datassential, 2019), showing up in everything from smoothies to salad dressings.

Healthy Never Tasted So Good

Healthy Never Tasted So Good

Sep 04, 2019

Hopefully these simple examples have helped you to get my overhanging point. A significant majority of today’s consumers have a high level of interest in “functional foods”, items that are said to have positive effects on health, beyond delivering basic nutrition.

10 Irresistible Burger Recipes (Minus the Beef)

10 Irresistible Burger Recipes (Minus the Beef)

Aug 14, 2019

Beef burgers have only grown at a rate of 1% over the past 4 years, while other proteins have skyrocketed. We have some ideas at the ready.

Burgers Beyond Beef

Burgers Beyond Beef

Aug 12, 2019

The humble burger has become a platform for exciting culinary innovation as demand for alternatives to the classic beef patty continues to grow. More consumers are choosing to reduce or eliminate red meat from their diets, adding plant-based burgers, seafood or poultry patties to their repertoire. Alternative protein burgers are ideal for showcasing on-trend global sauces, toppings and condiments, too.

The New Wholesome

The New Wholesome

Aug 01, 2019

It seems that in America and beyond, on almost every street corner and in almost every restaurant one can get some version of this popular American nosh. Its noteworthy that today’s burger craze has evolved significantly as burgers are no longer simply beef patties on a bun. Many of today’s burgers are some version of the beloved handheld, prepared with fun ingredients and alternative proteins and grains of every imaginable combination setting record profits all around the globe.

WHERE'S THE BEEF?

WHERE'S THE BEEF?

Jul 31, 2019

It seems that in America and beyond, on almost every street corner and in almost every restaurant one can get some version of this popular American nosh. Its noteworthy that today’s burger craze has evolved significantly as burgers are no longer simply beef patties on a bun. Many of today’s burgers are some version of the beloved handheld, prepared with fun ingredients and alternative proteins and grains of every imaginable combination setting record profits all around the globe.

Next Gen Latin

Next Gen Latin

Jul 12, 2019

Consumer demand for Latin cuisine shows no signs of stopping, whether it’s authentic regional fare or fusion-inspired dishes. Many consumers haven’t yet tried Latin cuisines beyond Mexican, but they’d be interested to do so. Authentic cooking sauces and condiments help to introduce your patrons to new ingredients.

A Taste of Latin America

A Taste of Latin America

Jul 01, 2019

America’s dining public from Gen Z to Boomers [and beyond] love Latin eats of all kind, and they embrace each country’s unique fare as a whole. We’ve dramatically graduated from simply enjoying pedestrian tacos, burritos and enchiladas to exploring pupusas from El Salvador, ceviche from Peru and churrasco from Argentina alike.

Seoul Food

Seoul Food

Jun 17, 2019

Sweet, spicy, savory, tangy and fermented flavors come together in the mouthwatering specialties of Korean cuisine. As American palates become more accustomed to Korean flavors, we’re seeing a mix of fusion-inspired tacos, burgers and fried chicken dishes alongside more traditional bibimbap, japchae and kalbi.

Crazy For Korean Cuisine!

Crazy For Korean Cuisine!

Jun 07, 2019

If you ever get the chance to visit Seoul, I’m confident you will discover one of the most energetic and vibrant cities in the world, with a food scene and culture to match. As you might imagine, we spent a significant amount of our time learning as much as we could about the famous foods and ingredients of this culture and eating and experiencing as much as humanly possible while we had the chance.

Serving Up Citrus

Serving Up Citrus

May 14, 2019

Colorful, enticing citrus fruits like clementines, Key limes and tangelos add unmistakable flavor to hot and cold dishes alike, whether they’re juiced, candied, preserved or served fresh. Fragrant, tangy, zesty and tart—the list of mouthwatering menu descriptors goes on and on! While most patrons are familiar with common varieties of oranges, lemons and limes, a world of unique citrus exists beyond the staples.

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU CITRUS

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU CITRUS

May 08, 2019

As my culinary knowledge, experience and culinary prowess grew, I truly began to harness the power and versatility of citrus and explore using some of the less common of the fruits outside of oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit.

It’s All in the Technique

It’s All in the Technique

Apr 18, 2019

Roasted, simmered, grilled, smoked, braised, slow-cooked, or deep-fried—nothing is off limits when it comes to how we deliver flavor.

Cowboy Cuisine

Cowboy Cuisine

Apr 09, 2019

Smoked, slow-cooked and simple are the name of the game when it comes to cowboy-inspired cuisine. Since the 1700s, this style of cooking has relied on a short list of versatile ingredients that can be transformed into biscuits, stews, fried steaks and more. Today, Dutch ovens and cast-iron skillets replicate the techniques used on the frontier, while the bold flavors of chicory, molasses and sorghum can be incorporated into marinades, batters and basting sauces.

Funky and Fermented

Funky and Fermented

Mar 12, 2019

Fermentation may be one of the oldest food preservation techniques known to man, but its application on today's menus hits on all the latest flavor trends. Contrast is the name of the game, and fermented ingredients deliver the sour, umami, tangy and funky notes that make menu items more memorable and balanced. Adventurous patrons are ready for kimchi, preserved fruits, infused vinegars and other fermented ingredients that tell a unique flavor story.

How to Jazz Up Retro Classics

How to Jazz Up Retro Classics

Feb 13, 2019

The trend is High-Low Dining, and it is on the rise. Elevating classics with premium ingredients, on-trend condiments and other distinctive touches offer a nod to the past while embracing current consumer preferences.

Reimagined Retro

Reimagined Retro

Feb 12, 2019

It’s time to bring a little kitsch to your kitchen! Nostalgic eats like sloppy joes, deviled eggs and corn dogs are being reimagined to bring comfort food appeal to today’s menus. These ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s classics can be elevated with premium ingredients, on-trend condiments and other distinctive touches that nod to the past while embracing current consumer preferences.

Hot Sauce Heat Wave

Hot Sauce Heat Wave

Nov 16, 2018

There’s no denying the power sriracha has shown on restaurant menus over the past few years, and consumer demand for spicy flavors continues to grow. While “rooster sauce” is still going strong, don’t forget that variety *is* the spice of life!

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.