Menu Strategies

Best practices for creating innovative menus and signature dishes
los angeles skyline

To keep ahead of what's trending, steal these ideas from innovative Los Angeles operations. 

american indian dish
Washington University in St. Louis has experimented with Native American-inspired fare for the past four years, thanks to a dedicated effort from dining services.
gumbo soup
Soups and stews are natural vehicles for these odds and ends of vegetables, grains and proteins, but you can’t just add items aimlessly into the pot.
shakshuka egg tomato
A North African egg dish with American appeal is experiencing menu growth.
portillos hot dogs

Hot dog and sausage operations are trending in multiple segments, thanks to affordable ingredients and a variety of flavors.

twitter phone map

While researchers were hoping to study health in different neighborhoods, FSD has takeaways for operators that could lead to successful social media marketing...

spilled coffee beans glasses
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?
tacos plate

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.


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