Pumpkin season has arrived – and that’s great news if you work in foodservice. According to the experts, there is an allure to short windows of consumer enjoyment, with seasonal dishes experiencing a 26% increase in orders. In the words of trendologist Kara Nielsen: “Seasonality is one food trend you can put your money behind.”
Welcome to the wonderful world of Einkorn – said to be the very first form of cultivated wheat in the history of mankind! Dubbed the ‘great-grandfather’ of the world of wheat, einkorn can be traced back tens of thousands of years to around 7500 BC during the Paleolithic Era when archeological finds indicate that it was grown in the fertile areas of the Tigris-Euphrates region.
Pronounced free-kah and sometimes called ‘farik,’ freekeh is one grain that is truly ancient. It has been a staple in Middle Eastern diets since the earliest of times, but like with many of the other heirloom grains and seeds we have been visiting in our series, freekeh has recently surged in the Western world, where it has smitten chefs and consumers alike.
Celery juice is in the spotlight, in the limelight, and stealing the show from myriads of other natural products on the market. While creating a sea of controversy regarding its proposed healing properties and assets, there is no doubt about it: Celery juice hype has captivated the beverage industry, and more importantly for foodservice providers, it has caught the attention of consumers.
Salt is by far one of the oldest and most prolifically used ingredients in recipes around the world. Second-to-none when it comes to infusing dishes with flavor, there is not a single chef’s spice rack that does not prominently feature at least one type of cooking salt.
This comprehensive Guide to Ghee is designed to give foodservice professionals the full 411 on ghee – the cooking fat which has been gaining traction in the food industry as a flavorful and more stable alternative to butter. While some are calling it ‘the new butter,’ ghee actually boasts a long history in both the culinary and medicinal worlds.
If you work in the restaurant or catering business, you’ve already heard the buzz about trending fruit powders and vegetable powders and how manufacturers are adding them to products to cater to a health-conscious public. Likewise, a growing number of chefs have become aware of the practical advantages of using dehydrated vs. fresh produce and are adding them to recipes to meet demands from consumers hungry for more nutritious and natural foods and drinks.
Tempeh is not only tempting… Tempeh is in demand! The ancient ingredient, which has long been a staple in traditional Indonesian cuisine, is no longer favored by vegans only, nor is it relegated to niche health food stores or to the ‘healthy’ aisle.
If Zero-Waste Cooking is not on your menu, it’s time to step up to the plate and bring your business’s fighting-food-waste program up to date. One of several new strategies to combat the ongoing issue of food wastage in the foodservice industry, this one ranks number three on the National Restaurant Association’s annual “What’s Hot Culinary Forecast.”
What popular food trends are taking prominence on restaurant menus this year? Food industry specialists predict the proliferation of spices and flavors from around the world. Let’s take a closer look at what they have to say, including the specific ethnic cuisines taking center stage, why the modern surge in global flavor exploration, and what chefs need to know about ingredient selection and cooking methods for preparing an authentic ethnic dish.