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Volume 4 | Issue 09

September 12, 2018

A Toast, To Toast


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. From the crave-worthy ricotta toast at L.A. hotspot Sqirl to Le Pain Quotidien’s smashed pea toast with watermelon radish, spiced tahini and pistachio dukkah, gourmet toast is making an impact on independent and chain menus alike. Savory jams, chutneys, hummus and tapenades bring layers of complexity and texture to artisan toast. The sky is the limit when it comes to flavor innovation, so toast can be the ideal vehicle for introducing global ingredients to your menu. And don’t forget—presentation is just as important as flavor. Whether it’s gravity-defying ingredients piled high or artfully arranged slices of fruit or vegetables, visually appealing toast dishes inspire social media chatter and set the tone for a memorable meal.

Savory toast is one of the hottest trends in foodservice - with huge profit potential to boot. Capitalize on the popularity of this dish with a trio of toast builds that showcase global flavors. 

As an alternative to traditional sandwiches, a hearty snack or a sharable appetizer, savory toast has the power to enliven your menu. Try these recipes, featuring Custom Culinary® products with flavors from around the globe.


Calabrian Toast
Memorable, bold Italian flavors come alive in this unique Calabrian chile–avocado toast, topped with Custom Culinary® Gold Label Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce, prosciutto, a soft-boiled egg, pickled shallots and micro basil.
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Ahi Poke Toast
An open-faced twist on the classic, featuring Custom Culinary® Gold Label Wild Mushroom Tapenade, skirt steak, brown beech mushrooms, chervil and a drizzle of béarnaise made with Custom Culinary® Gold Label Hollandaise Sauce.
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Toast Wellington
Hand-cut french fries topped with a spicy kimchi and peanut slaw, made with Custom Culinary® Kimchi Prep, cabbage, carrots, red bell pepper and roasted peanuts. Served with Custom Culinary® Bibimbap Sauce mayo for dipping.
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Open-Faced Pastrami Reuben with Toasted Caraway-Seasoned Gravy
Turn a deli favorite into on-trend toast by topping marble rye with hot pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Custom Culinary® PanRoast® Low Sodium Chicken Gravy simmered with toasted caraway seeds. 
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Branzino and Caponata Toast
Custom Culinary® Roasted Eggplant and Olive Caponata spread over toasted spent grain oat toast. Topped with olive oil–poached branzino, shaved fennel, Marcona almonds and a brown butter vinaigrette  

Anchovy Toast
Thick-cut toasted ciabatta brushed with tangy Custom Culinary® Calabrian Chili Relish, fresh anchovy, Meyer lemon gremolata and olio nuovo.

Mortadella Toast
Butter-toasted brioche topped with Custom Culinary® Dried Apricot and Cherry Mostarda, sliced mortadella, fermented black mustard seeds and pickled raisins.

Farmer’s Toast
Custom Culinary® Bourbon Bacon Jam brushed over a toasted pretzel pullman topped with marinated farmer’s cheese, preserved lemon and tarragon.


Chutneys, sauces, jams and flavor concentrates— Custom Culinary® offers a range of products to add bold, exciting flavor to sweet and savory toast alike.


  • Roasted Eggplant and Olive Caponata
  • Calabrian Chili Relish
  • Peach and Blackberry Curd
  • Dried Apricot and Cherry Mostarda
  • Bourbon Bacon Jam
*Products are customized; please contact your Custom Culinary® representative for more information.


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Chef Talk

Chef Michael Smith recounts his delicious trip to Seoul —from the jaw-dropping grocery stores to BBQ joints to street carts—and share how the memorable dishes he tried can inspire your own menu.

FlavorIQ® enables our customers' growth and success by approaching the creation of customized solutions with a bold mix of expertise, aspiration and curiosity. We develop unique products, menu concepts and "gold standard" flavor delivery systems, meeting the requirements of our customers today and anticipating their emerging needs, too. The opportunities we identify for operators and food manufacturers on a global scale are rooted in a deep understanding of the culinary arts, sensory science, consumer insights and food science. Our ultimate goal? Innovation without limits.