Pamela Parseghian

Pamela Parseghian
Contributing Food Writer
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


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.
scones
In the noncommercial arena, busy schedules are driving people to snack more often and more adventurously. Here's how operators are meeting the demand...
sweet pea ravioli
The popularity of Meatless Mondays and the growing number of people who call themselves “flexitarians” have impacted menu development in the noncommercial sector.
asparagus
While May is the beginning of peak season for harvesting local produce, operators are finding ways to extend seasonality and local sourcing into cooler months.
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.
mini sponge cakes
According to Technomic's 2015 Dessert Consumer Trend Report, 34 percent of consumers are more likely to order dessert if a smaller portion is available. ...
When planning menus, make room for dark meat chicken, says Kathy Hayden, foodservice analyst at Mintel Menu Insights in Chicago. “I can easily see chicken drumsticks [being] as big as wings...
As more people look to eat more healthfully, vegetarian cuisine is gaining larger acceptance. This includes the sandwich category, where cheese is often the lone vegetarian alternative.
Whole-wheat and gluten-free pastas are being added to menus as diners request options that are healthier or meet their dietary restrictions. At the same time, chefs are also upgrading classic pasta...
With busy customers of all ages, grab-and-go might be the standard, but that doesn’t temper diners’ desire for customized orders, especially at breakfast. Operators are responding...

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