Menu Strategies

Best practices for creating innovative menus and signature dishes
biryani
Break the back of house out of the cooking comfort zone. FSDs can build on their staffs’ existing skill sets—with experiences and training—to make development happen.
plant power

Vegetables and grains rose to the top in FSD's 2017 Chefs' Council Menu Trends Survey. Plants are no longer moving to the center of the plate; they’re firmly rooted.

pumpkin spice ingredients

The popular fall flavor may be on the skids. 1010data revealed that while the number of pumpkin spice products available has surged 50%, sales are growing by just 21%....

noodles

A staple in several cuisines, noodles’ adaptability lends them to be used in a variety of dishes. Here are some ways operators are currently menuing the ingredient. 

beet food

Getting more value from suppliers and distributors starts with knowing what they offer, including industry intel. 

snack time

Schools move toward more wholesome snacks—but not without snafus. Here's how the Smart Snacks in Schools federal guidelines that began in late 2014 have helped.

homemade cooking

Clean, scratch-made dishes are in high demand, but labor is in short supply for noncommercial operations. Operators share tips for creating speedier scratch-made dishes...

college students eating
These 10 attributes are the most important to college students when choosing snacks, according to Technomic’s 2017 College and University Consumer Trend Report.
pizza toppings

See the toppings and crust types that are peaking on this indulgent favorite.

zaxbys chicken fingers

Find out which 10 restaurant chains are winning with chicken that consumers say they can't get anywhere else. The chains are ranked from 10th to first.

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