Pamela Parseghian

Pamela Parseghian
Contributing Food Writer
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


Industry analyst Mintel Group maintains that Indian cuisine is on the rise and will continue to be for at least the next four years. Many non-commercial operators would agree. Two significant factors...
Rice has been a staple of many world cuisines for ages. Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern and some Latino cultures have relied on this starch in all its various forms as the basis for many dishes. But...
When it comes to cheese, it seems many chefs never tire of dreaming up new recipes. Some even say they now find success with cheese substitutes that fill growing requests from vegans and lactose-...
A“food superstore” similar to New York City’s over-the-top Eataly is scheduled to open at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., says Ken Toong executive...
Asian is viewed as healthful, uses less protein and is based primarily on produce that’s readily available with the recent proliferation of farmers’ markets. Plus, the cuisine is...
Buying local products is great in theory. But it’s not always so practical in reality. The fact is, when it comes to citrus, most people can’t get it from neighboring farms...
Desserts on a stick may be the cupcakes of 2012. There’s no doubt that people still love their cupcakes, but recently many pastry chefs are popping out edible sweet pops that also delight...
Grilling may be the oldest cooking style known to man, but some chefs are flaming interest in charred foods by grilling out-of-the-ordinary foods in some unusual ways. With the trend of cooked-to-...

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sparkling water

Our carbonated soft drink sales at Earls.67 reflect a national trend; we’re continually down on carbonated soft drink sales by 8% to 9% on an annual basis,” says Cameron Bogue, beverage director at the contemporary-casual chain Earls Kitchen + Bar.

The issue with spa water

Many operators are intrigued with the offering, but they are learning that infused water can’t be offered at a cost to guests unless there is added value beyond cut-up fruit. Bogue says, “I was adamant that I didn’t want to charge for spa water.”

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