Temperatures are heating up around the country and summer is in full swing, although many are missing their traditional summer highlights. No trips to the ballpark, big backyard barbecue gatherings, or buzzing fairs and festivals. But what better way to conjure up the sights and smells of these missing pieces, than through food? Give your guests the chance to experience summer nostalgia on your menu.
America’s pastime will certainly look different in 2020. We miss cheering on our home team while we consume a hodge-podge, no-rules meal of hot dogs, nachos and peanuts. Serve up a twist on stadium favorites like a Bavarian Brat-n-Bacon Dog featuring a soft, chewy pretzel bun loaded with a charbroiled bratwurst sausage, tangy sauerkraut, pale ale cheese sauce, diced red onion and crispy bacon crumbles. Or give a plate of nachos new flavor with Custom Culinary® Korean-Style Barbecue Sauce for attention-grabbing Korean BBQ Nachos. If you’re looking for more stadium-inspired ideas, scroll through our Travel and Leisure channel page.
For those guests who are missing the smoke and char of a backyard barbecue, fire up some grilled menu items. We’ve got plenty of unique burger recipes that can star at the center of your plate. Gather an assortment of local, seasonal vegetables and create this Grilled Summer Vegetable Mix that’s tossed with a wasabi dressing for a hit side dish. Or for a sweeter side with a kick, grill up pineapple, mango, and nectarines brushed with our harissa sauce in this Grilled Fruit Harissa Power Food Slaw.
Summer won’t be the same without carnival rides, live music, and petting zoos, but we can certainly supply a little nostalgia of the fair with over-the-top finger foods. As an appetizer, snack, or mini meal, create a play on sweet and savory chicken and waffles by filling a fluffy waffle rolled into a cone and stuff it with poppable chicken bites drizzled with maple syrup. Or bring carnival vibes to the dessert menu with this tower of Big Top Donut Holes, featuring Custom Culinary® Gold Label Crème Anglaise and Master’s Touch® Chipotle Flavor Concentrate.
We’re all looking forward to getting to the other side of this pandemic, but in the meantime, let’s find ways we can be a bright spot in our guests’ day. We’re loaded with recipes that surprise and delight and an expert culinary team that continues to crank out original ideas. If you’re in need of inspiration for other ways to meet customers’ current needs, see our Inspired Carryout & Delivery Menu Guide. Hope you’re finding ways to enjoy this unique summer!
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Custom Culinary, Inc.