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Smart Caterer's Delight

Smart Caterer's Delight

Nov 28, 2016

The festive period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is acknowledged as a smart caterer’s delight. To best capitalize on this window of opportunity, both commercial and non-commercial operators have to plan well in advance of the holidays to make sure they organize the proper resources.

Custom Culinary® November 2016 Trend: Spice Beyond Heat

Custom Culinary® November 2016 Trend: Spice Beyond Heat

Nov 23, 2016

Our final culinary trend of 2016 highlights aromatic chili peppers and spice blends that deliver nuanced and layered flavors.

Vegan at Your Doorstep

Vegan at Your Doorstep

Nov 11, 2016

Did you know that November is World Vegan Month, which was created by The Vegan Society? Currently 5% (16 million) of the U.S. population is vegetarian and half of those individuals are vegan.

Millennial Marketing Touch Points

Millennial Marketing Touch Points

Nov 03, 2016

Millennials have become a key demographic in foodservice based on their eating-away-from-home behavior, thus it is important to study and familiarize your organization with their marketing touch points.

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

Oct 26, 2016

Every restaurant owner out there is looking to find new ways to increase their check average. One of the net results of increased competition forces, and hopefully inspires, restaurateurs and chefs alike to "Raise the Bar".

Food eVangelists

Food eVangelists

Oct 24, 2016

The typical “Food eVangelist” is an individual that is social media savvy and tends to engage online at least four plus times per week. They ask interesting and challenging questions since they have deep concerns about the food industry.

Custom Culinary® October 2016 Trend: Raising the Bar

Custom Culinary® October 2016 Trend: Raising the Bar

Oct 20, 2016

Our 9th culinary trend of 2016 highlights the proliferation and rapid growth of gourmet bar bites on menus across the US.

Bourbon Heritage Month

Bourbon Heritage Month

Sep 22, 2016

September is Bourbon Heritage Month. Consequently, I read a great article on The Salt from NPR about the history of one of the leading bourbon brands, Jack Daniels.

Custom Culinary® September 2016 Trend: Bowled Over

Custom Culinary® September 2016 Trend: Bowled Over

Sep 19, 2016

Our 8th culinary trend of 2016 highlights the proliferation and rapid growth of “Instagram-worthy” Entrée Bowls on menus across the US.

Bowl Concepts, More than a Fad

Bowl Concepts, More than a Fad

Sep 19, 2016

Historically, America bowls were relegated to soup, salad, cereal and pasta dishes. With the ease of handling, the “bowl” offers operational friendly dishes to build easy-to-eat entrées for lunch and dinner offering warm aromatic broths, dressings or light sauces and colorful crisp vegetables, noodles, rice or grains.

Fauna to Flora

Fauna to Flora

Sep 06, 2016

Americans are demanding more protein in their diet. The big shift? Consumers are finding plant-based protein more favorable while animal protein has slipped slightly in preference. Numerous factors are driving the shift from fauna to flora.

Minnesota State Fair: Mash-Up Foods 2016

Minnesota State Fair: Mash-Up Foods 2016

Aug 25, 2016

With the Minnesota State Fair starting today (August 25 – Labor Day September 5), I thought I would share my picks for what promises to be the top mash-up foods for this year.

Rediscovering the Condiments

Rediscovering the Condiments

Aug 23, 2016

Adding unique signature condiment flavors to your current menu that differentiate you from your competitors can increase variety, check averages, profits, creative outlet for chefs, and opportunities for staff to highlight your local signature flavor.

Custom Culinary® August 2016 Trend: The Condiment Craze

Custom Culinary® August 2016 Trend: The Condiment Craze

Aug 15, 2016

Our 7th culinary trend of 2016 highlights the proliferation and rapid growth of ethnic condiments on menus across the US.

Global Cuisine - What's Next?

Global Cuisine - What's Next?

Aug 09, 2016

Have you ever experienced Filipino food? Thanks to the immigrants in the Philippines, Filipino is now considered the ultimate Asian fusion cuisine. What global cuisine will become the next major trend?

Hawaiian Hits the Mainland

Hawaiian Hits the Mainland

Jul 20, 2016

Hawaiian cuisine is bright, bold and complex, and much of the Hawaiian culture is based on eating.

Custom Culinary® July 2016 Trend: Hawaiian Hits the Mainland

Custom Culinary® July 2016 Trend: Hawaiian Hits the Mainland

Jul 14, 2016

Our 6th culinary trend of 2016 highlights the proliferation of Hawaiian cuisine and ingredients on menus across the US.

NACUFS (Anaheim) Bound

NACUFS (Anaheim) Bound

Jul 11, 2016

The Custom Culinary® Team is on its way to NACUFS Idea'16 in Anaheim. We are all excited since we will be sampling our new line of Craft Toppings™!

FNV Marketing Campaign

FNV Marketing Campaign

Jun 23, 2016

In recognition that celebrity marketing is an effective way to promote products, several produce manufacturers and marketers teamed up with the Partnership for a Healthier America to enlist celebrities (e.g., actors, sports people) to promote fruits and vegetables.

Stealth Health

Stealth Health

Jun 16, 2016

Healthy is in! More consumers are moving towards healthier options, alternate proteins, and simple substitutions.

Custom Culinary® June 2016 Trend: Stealth Health

Custom Culinary® June 2016 Trend: Stealth Health

Jun 13, 2016

Our 5th culinary trend of 2016 focuses on “Stealth Health”, or strategies on putting a healthy twist on menus without sacrificing flavor.

2016 Restaurant Show

2016 Restaurant Show

Jun 02, 2016

Nancy Kruse’s education session was all about menu innovation disruption – simple ingredients, programmed dieting no longer being popular, comfort food, breakfast 24/7 and ethnic experimentation

National Hamburger Day

National Hamburger Day

May 27, 2016

Ready to celebrate National Burger Day? Suggestion: Follow #NationalBurgerDay to get some fun menu ideas!

American Regional

American Regional

May 25, 2016

Rediscovering regional American food is all about the celebration of heirloom recipes and cooking techniques which are derived from specific areas in the United States (Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Deep South, Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast).

Custom Culinary® May 2016 Trend: Rediscovering Regional American

Custom Culinary® May 2016 Trend: Rediscovering Regional American

May 17, 2016

Our 4th culinary trend of 2016 highlights and celebrates regional American foods, ingredients, and notable cooking techniques.

National Hamburger Month

National Hamburger Month

May 12, 2016

May is National Hamburger Month. Given I could not pinpoint the origin of National Hamburger Month, I thought I would share some factual insight about burgers based on some online content I read recently.

Pizza USA

Pizza USA

May 03, 2016

Pizza is trending at its highest level in four years. The average consumption per consumer is up from 3.4 occasions in 2014 to 4.0 occasions in 2015.

Bacon Month

Bacon Month

Apr 26, 2016

National Bacon Month (April) is coming to a close. Consequently, I conducted some fun research that I wanted to share with our readership.

Smoke 2.0

Smoke 2.0

Apr 21, 2016

Smoked peppers, barrel-aged liquors, and charred salsas are just a few of the ingredients that can be used to incorporate burnt or roasted flavors into unconventional menu items.

Custom Culinary® April 2016 Trend: Smoke 2.0

Custom Culinary® April 2016 Trend: Smoke 2.0

Apr 14, 2016

Our 3rd culinary trend gives you “Smoke 2.0”; it focuses on dishes with a burnt ingredient within.

Millennial Parents

Millennial Parents

Apr 11, 2016

Will “Millennial Parents” impact foodservice? Definitely as it relates to further fueling the demand for more fresh, healthy (good-for-you) menu items (including beverages).

Nuts & Seeds

Nuts & Seeds

Mar 29, 2016

March is National Nutrition Month. Consequently, I have enjoyed reading all the nutrition related content that is being posted on a regular basis. The latest article that piqued my interest was about nuts and seeds.

Custom Comfort Food

Custom Comfort Food

Mar 24, 2016

The media explosion of food events and diverse food shows have opened the eyes and minds of our population, with folks much more aware of the better foods that fuel our bodies, however COMFORT still remains king and annually ranks in the top three trends.

Custom Culinary® March 2016 Trend: Custom Comfort

Custom Culinary® March 2016 Trend: Custom Comfort

Mar 21, 2016

Our 2nd culinary trend gives you “Custom Comfort”; it focuses on familiar dishes with a brand new twist added to it.

Gen Z-An Update

Gen Z-An Update

Mar 08, 2016

Ernst & Young designated a new label for the Gen Z teens – “Millennials on Steroids.”

Chili Queens

Chili Queens

Feb 24, 2016

Tomorrow, February 25th is National Chili Day, hence I thought it would be fun to write a post about chili. A quick Google search revealed that there are numerous tales and myths about the origins of chili.

The Magic of Italian Cuisine

The Magic of Italian Cuisine

Feb 22, 2016

From comfort to eclectic, Italian cuisine and its regional diversity touches all people and appetites. Buon Appetito!

Custom Culinary® February 2016 Trend: Passport to Italy

Custom Culinary® February 2016 Trend: Passport to Italy

Feb 17, 2016

Our first culinary trend gives you a “Passport to Italy”; it focuses on authentic and hyper-regional Italian cuisine.

New Dietary Guidelines

New Dietary Guidelines

Feb 10, 2016

Last month, the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 - 2020 were released.

Gluten Free Update

Gluten Free Update

Jan 28, 2016

More and more operators will be menuing gluten-free items in the future. Why wait? Get aboard the gluten-free train and remember, Be True To The Food.

2016 Custom Culinary® Top 10 Trends

2016 Custom Culinary® Top 10 Trends

Jan 20, 2016

The Custom Culinary® team brings culinary insights to hard-hitting industry research in order to identify the trends most relevant for our customers. Here are our picks for the top culinary trends of 2016

International Year of the Pulses

International Year of the Pulses

Jan 18, 2016

Chefs and the UN believe pulses will be a major food trend in 2016. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of the Pulse.