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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.

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.

2019 Top 10 Trends Overview

2019 Top 10 Trends Overview

Jan 2, 2019

Let’s talk trends! The Custom Culinary® team has scoured the globe for incredible flavors, analyzed consumer preferences and examined influential menus across foodservice channels, leading to the creation of our Top Culinary Trends of 2019.

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!

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.

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.


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