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Volume 4 | Issue 07

July 13, 2018

Cruising The Mediterranean


The next wave of global cuisine set to make a splash on American menus can be found along the Mediterranean coast. Diverse cuisines—French, Italian, Spanish, Algerian, Moroccan and Turkish, to name a few—are united through shared ingredients like olives, wheat, grapes and seafood. Intense bold flavors found in ras el hanout, preserved lemons, roast lamb, anchovies and eggplant hit on today’s consumer desire for a unique dining experience.

Mediterranean fare is unique but with an element of approachability, making it ideal as a starting point for new menu items. In fact, 48% of consumers have already tried Mediterranean cuisine. Part of this appeal lies in the “crossover” foods and flavors that can be found in both up-and-coming Mediterranean and already-popular Middle Eastern cuisines, such as chick peas, harissa and lentils.

Egyptian, Greek and Levantine dishes and condiments showing strong growth on restaurant menus, such as falafel (up 33%), tzatziki (up 34%), tabbouleh (up 40% in QSR alone) and shawarma (up 37%)—demonstrate patron demand for cuisine falling under the Mediterranean umbrella. But the potential for culinary exploration of this region is unlimited. Take your patrons on a flavor adventure with memorable, authentic dishes they’re sure to love.

Learn how to prepare an on-trend chicken tagine, full of smoky, spicy flavors and
unique condiments—so your customers can add their own finishing touches, tableside.
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From one-pot, slow cooked meals to fresh takes on burgers, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors bring excitement to the menu. Get inspired with our recipe ideas.


Feta-Spinach Lamb Burger with Harissa and Mint
A savory spin to mix up your burger offerings, with a hint of heat from Custom Culinary® Gold Label Harissa.
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Rustic Chicken Focaccia Pizza
Custom Culinary® Gold Label Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce adds depth of flavor to this delicious flatbread, the ultimate sharable appetizer.
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Shrimp Paella
Speed-scratch prep for all the flavor of authentic paella in less time than ever, starting with Custom Culinary® Gold Label Shrimp Base.​
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Moroccan Style Chicken Tagine
You saw the video…now try it for yourself! This hearty tagine showcases rich flavors in a base of Custom Culinary® Gold Label True Foundations™ Chicken Liquid Stock Concentrate.
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Kofta Dog
Warm pita with a roasted garlic labneh spread, stuffed with a char-grilled kofta kebab and topped with fresh parsley, cucumber and tomato salad and a fiery Custom Culinary® Red Pepper Muhammara relish.  

Tunisian Tartine
Custom Culinary® Tunisian-Style Chermoula spread on a toasted baguette, topped with fresh anchovies, roasted garlic, roasted red pepper and arugula. Finished with olive oil and sal de mer.

Sweet & Savory Shawarma Wrap
Shaved turkey shawarma topped with sweet and sour Custom Culinary® Pickled Mango Amba Sauce, cabbage slaw, pickled cucumbers, hummus, french fries and saffron-scented bulgur tabbouleh made with Custom Culinary® Paella Rice Seasoning—all stuffed in a warm laffa wrap.

Lamb Sticky Ribs
Lamb ribs charred over a wood fire, tossed in Custom Culinary® Date and Pomegranate Molasses Glaze and topped with pickled cucumbers and onion, fresh mint and toasted sesame seeds.


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


  • Red Pepper Muhammara
  • Tunisian-style Chermoula
  • Pickled Mango Amba Sauce
  • Date and Pomegranate Molasses Glaze
  • Paella Rice Seasoning
*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.