Menu Strategies

Best practices for creating innovative menus and signature dishes
student choice
Photograph: Chartwells K12

In a bid to garner quality feedback from customers, operators are taking taste testing to a new level.

holiday restaurant dining

Operators are tapping into seasonal ingredients and holiday flavors to develop new dishes.


aquafaba cookies
Photograph: FSD STaff

Executive Chef Larry Posen shares the steps behind one of his most popular dishes at University Center in Chicago.

healthy foods

A new Technomic report reveals how the connection between food and health has changed.

Culinary Trends
In a tight labor market, operators are creating signatures with sauces that multitask.
Portable street foods are trending as to-go options.
fresh fruit
Students name their favorite types of food to eat between meals.
coffee cake
Operators have given beloved dishes a modern makeover while still keeping their original charm.
burger trends

Keep up with consumers' changing tastes by menuing these burger toppings, condiments, carriers and more.

blended burgers
This year’s winners of the Blended Burger Project competition are packed with differentiators, from specialty ketchups to mushroom-infused queso. Here’s a look.


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