Ingredients

Insights from growers and menu ideas on a variety of ingredients
halal food graphic

While the trend has blossomed in C&U, halal menus now are trickling down into other segments. From traditional chicken preps to fish tacos, here’s a sampling.

fish sauce dish

The pungent flavoring is being embraced by operations of all sizes as the next innovation from Southeast Asia.

frozen raspberries

Despite the perception that frozen is inferior, modern technology has given IQF produce the farm-fresh edge.

Using produce at its peak not only promotes nutrition and flavor, it can save money. This seasonal guide can help in planning purchases and the menu.
greek quinoa dish
Ancient grains are the current rock stars of the whole-grain world. From amaranth to wild rice, they are sprouting up on operations' menus nationwide...
Ancient grains are making a comeback. Not only are they nutrition powerhouses, many fit into gluten-free diets. These five can add menu variety.
Hard-to-pronounce ingredients have been popping up on menus, giving consumers practice with tongue twisters and opportunities for exotic dining adventures.
sauerkraut
Sauerkraut is seeing growth on restaurant menus with a variety of modern interpretations made using a variety of vegetables.
lentil dish web
Although lentils are available year-round, there’s something about these dried legumes that pairs perfectly with earthier fall dishes. See recipes here.
hake fish plate
The overuse of fisheries has operators going beyond produce in their sustainability endeavors and turning their efforts toward lakes and oceans.

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