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Classical Cooking Methods

For those of us in the culinary field – whether owner, operator or chef – remaining current and competitive in our field must never come at the sacrifice of value or quality. Consider French and Italian cooking methods as a surefire way to ensure attention to detail and method. While some may consider these cuisines to be dated and predictable, cooking styles like Sous vide and En Papillote can take even the most modern food to another level. Sous vide has been making a comeback and is well known for slow-cooking ingredients in a vacuum-sealed bag in a water bath. A critical component of the [...]

By |2020-07-06T09:22:11-04:00July 6th, 2020|Industry News|

Health and Eco-Conscious Restaurants Matter to Diners

Healthy, better-for-you and functional foods have been trending for quite some time now and are expected to continue into the foreseeable future. As consumers grow more health-conscious and become increasingly more interested in flexitarian diets, they are eating less meat and consuming more fruits and vegetables than ever before. Additionally, consumers have concerns about sustainability, eco-consciousness and similar environmental concerns. Restaurants must offer dishes that satisfy not just the stomach but also the conscience, especially for Millenials and Gen Z. Food manufacturers can help by fortifying ingredients with things like probiotics, antioxidants and added vitamins and minerals. Chefs can look toward ingredients with purported health [...]

By |2020-06-24T09:24:44-04:00June 24th, 2020|Industry News|

Plant-Based Food

It is quite apparent that the ‘Plant-Based Movement’ is not going away anytime soon and is not only going to be a longtime food trend, but a driving factor in the expansion of diverse dietary choices. Although, veganism and vegetarianism make up the smaller minority of diets, it has greatly impacted the way we view food and what we want in our bodies. While most people may not be exclusively plant-based consumers, most plant-based purchases are done by people who still actively consume meat. According to a study done by Nielsen in 2019 for the Plant Based Food Association, 98% of people who buy plant-based [...]

By |2020-06-22T08:07:43-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Industry News|

The Rising of the Phoenix, Restaurants Rise from the Ashes of COVID-19

Restrictions are Lifted As stay at home orders are lessening and our country is opening back up from the coronavirus, consumers are excited and cautious about getting back to visiting their favorite restaurants, retail stores and friends. Dining out is rated as one of the top three occasions to look forward to, along with being with friends and visiting family. As restrictions are lifted across the country, we feel as if we have more control over our health and most important, our safety. People want to get back to going out, being served and of course relaxing. “Eating at a restaurant is right up there [...]

By |2020-06-17T07:44:17-04:00June 17th, 2020|Industry News|

Budget-friendly Beverage Trends

Finding Profit In Beverages Today, the beverage menu is expanding as coffee, botanicals, and dessert-based drinks continue to grow and evolve. Perhaps one of our favorite parts of this beverage trend is the profitability that it brings. As consumers are seeking non-alcoholic mixed drinks to accompany their meals, and the ability to replace liquors with juices and infusions, restaurants cut costs a bring a greater profit. By removing the sometimes-costly alcohol from the equation, mixologists gain a new way to innovate and restaurants get more bang for their buck. Coffee-based drinks show no sign of slowing down. Cold brews, especially creamy nitro cold brews, offer [...]

By |2020-06-15T07:56:13-04:00June 12th, 2020|Industry News|

The COVID-19 Virus, Survive and Thrive

Our daily routines in America have changed radically as the COVID-19 pandemic has invaded our cities and towns. It seemed as if overnight our lives have been turned upside down. Every state has enacted some type of stay at home policy closing schools, non-essential businesses, restaurants, and bars. Social distancing has become the norm eliminating stops at the morning coffee shop to relaxing lunch and dinner dine-in meals. Restaurants were forced to close dining rooms and only serve meals through takeout and delivery platforms. In a period of about four weeks, more than 20 million people found themselves out of work, putting new pressure household [...]

By |2020-05-22T08:20:00-04:00May 20th, 2020|Industry News|

The Keto-Friendly Kraze

The ketogenic diet (keto) is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Outside of its use in medicine, the trend has caught on for those who want to lose weight. Consumers who follow a Keto diet might be dissuaded from eating out – unless they can find options on the menu that fit into their dietary lifestyle. Restaurants, even chain restaurants, are responding. Chipotle added “Lifestyle Bowls” to its menu to appeal to those following a Keto, Paleo or Whole 30 diet plan. A Keto salad [...]

By |2020-05-13T06:11:10-04:00May 13th, 2020|Cuisines, Industry News|

French, the Ultimate Comfort Food

  The restaurant market is constantly evolving. Comfort food is always current. What cuisine does better comfort food than French? When I think of French Cuisine, I think of Julia Child’s coq au vin recipe. Let’s face it – before Julia’s show hit the airwaves, most people thought of French Food as somewhat stuffy, served by white-jacketed waiters who barely cracked a smile. Julia came along and changed all of that. Three French dishes that are in the “comfort food” category are Cassoulet, Daube and Pot-au-Feu. Originally from the Languedoc region of France, Cassoulet is a delicious combination of navy beans (or tarbais, a French [...]

By |2020-05-11T14:03:55-04:00May 11th, 2020|Cuisines, Industry News|

What’s Healthy Now? Is it Vegan or Beyond?

The Beyond Burger. The Incredible Whopper. Is vegan the new Gluten-Free when it comes to thinking about eating healthy? Looks like vegan menu items are now winning the trend race. About one-quarter of adults are trying to manage their health. According to NPO Group, younger adults, particularly 18-24, are interested in healthy food (including plant-based menu items). Those surveyed selected healthy items 19% of the time when they consumed meals or snacks. Emerging superfoods include Elderberry, CBD, Manuka Honey, Reishi Mushrooms, and Ashwagandha, and, yes, even one noted chef is even serving cannabis. Nestlé, who debuted the Awesome burger in the US thinks the plant-based [...]

By |2020-04-28T08:48:59-04:00April 28th, 2020|Industry News|

Technology Drives Business

2020 brings new technology trends to consider. Efficiency, innovation and even the bottom line can all be improved thanks to advances in restaurant technology. There is a need for both chefs and owners to be more comfortable with incorporating tech into everyday business, as technology trends continue to grow and advance, especially with tech-savvy millennials and Gen Z being target markets. Virtual webinars offer new ways for industry professionals to stay on top of the latest trends and to continue their culinary education outside of the classroom setting. These virtual learning experiences can be viewed remotely and often on your own time. Topics range from [...]

By |2020-04-15T09:12:13-04:00April 15th, 2020|Industry News|