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chickpea fries
French fries are still the most popular way to serve potatoes across all foodservice segments, but some concepts are menuing other types of fries to offer a unique alternative. At Willow, Chef O’Grady makes a batter with chickpeas and chickpea flour, forms the mixture into sticks and fries them for...
It was a decision that brought the duo recognition at Monday night’s MenuDirections 2015 awards ceremony in Memphis, Tenn., which is part of FoodService Director magazine’s annual conference geared...
stinging nettles ball
Sides that can double as starters are an operational bonus for a restaurant. Customers can order them as an accompaniment or an appetizer, or mix and match sides and starters to make a meal of small plates. At Hinterland, Chef Van Rite likes to pair local Wisconsin ingredients, such as the stinging...
oven roasted kalettes
Kalettes are a new hybrid vegetable that’s a cross between Brussels sprouts and kale. Chef Hincks prepares them several ways for his catering events—fried, braised and oven-roasted, as pictured here. The kalettes make a nice change of pace for kale-weary customers.
baker potatoes with morels
Capitalize on consumers’ love of potatoes by offering a tater dish with a twist. Chef Hoffman elevates spuds with morels and sweet onions—a combination that complements beef, pork or poultry. Adding a luxurious ingredient to a humble vegetable can fetch a higher price tag for the side or upsell an...

MenuDirections 2015 kicked off Sunday in Memphis at The Peabody Hotel with a motivational opening presentation, two culinary workshops and the conference’s annual Dine-Around. Here are five takeaways from the event’s first day.

Although the top trends come from the restaurant side of the business, Gerry Ludwig was quick to point out implications for the noncommercial sector.
The nutrition specialist at two Colorado hospitals was recognized for her menu and retail innovations.
Volunteers joined with the school foodservice professionals in Tennessee to feed the children who depend on school breakfasts and lunches.
greek yogurt waldorf salad
This lightened-up version of the classic Waldorf Salad uses tangy greek yogurt instead of heavy mayonnaise.


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