Menu Strategies

Best practices for creating innovative menus and signature dishes
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Select U.S. cafes will give up counter space to serve creamy, nitrogen-infused java made from a cold-brew base. How did nitro become the hottest new thing in coffee?

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Chefs’ Council members told us that many of their biggest successes in the past year were items including soft tacos, samosas, stuffed Chinese bao and banh mi.


Like presidential campaigning, trend forecasting starts sooner each year. Here's an early look at culinary predictions.

netflix logo chilis

In the spirit of "Netflix and chill," FoodService Director combed through the streaming service’s offerings and paired them with chili-based recipes.

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As flexitarian diets continue to trend, operators must make their veggie offerings stand out.

poke bowl seaweed salad

The fish dish is the new darling of commercial fast casuals, with dozens of poke-focused concepts launching over the last year or so. 

students candy street food

Binghamton University alumnus Sung Kim heard the word on street food long before arriving at the upstate New York campus. 

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We combed through data from our College and University Census, Hospital Census and Long-Term Care/Senior Living Census for the most surprising variations in menu trends and expectations.
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The familiarity that turns a dish into comfort food can also stamp it as a boring choice. Here's how some operations are trying to put new fire into the gold standard of comfort...
pickle jars
While the pickling process used to involve hours of sterilizing and boiling canning jars, chefs are finding that speedier methods can produce fresher-tasting results.


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