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Steamers Can Add A Fishy Appetizer To Any Restaurant Menu

Steamers Can Add A Fishy Appetizer To Any Restaurant Menu

If you have ever been to a seafood restaurant, chances are you know what steamers are.

Pork Roll Is A Great Dish For Diners And Breakfast Cafes

Pork Roll Is A Great Dish For Diners And Breakfast Cafes

If you are not from central New Jersey, it is unlikely you are familiar with the term pork roll.

Be Careful Not to Overlook the Appeal of Comfort Foods

Be Careful Not to Overlook the Appeal of Comfort Foods

Restaurant owners are quick to overlook the value of comfort foods in the United States. Chefs across the country produce innovative recipes that include exotic ingredients and are prepared in revolutionary ways. However, a good grilled cheese can also garner its fair share of attention from consumers.




Homemade Bread May Draw a Crowd

Homemade Bread May Draw a Crowd

Americans love their carbohydrates. The starchy foods fill up their stomachs and keep them coming back for more. Many restaurants serve bread before their meals to give their guests a chance to review the menu without letting hunger take full control. Establishments with restaurant equipment that can slice bread automatically may be at an advantage.



5 Secrets to Restaurant Menu Design

Your menu - along with your restaurant’s atmosphere and waitstaff - are what needs to sell each and every meal. But there’s more to your menu than just a layout of pretty pictures. In fact, in today’s society, many have become accustomed to certain structures and setups that help lead them through a menu and to the exact item they’ve been looking for.

Calzones Are A Delicious Item To Add To A Restaurant Menu

Calzones Are A Delicious Item To Add To A Restaurant Menu

Pizzerias, diners and other establishments can benefit from the inclusion of this crispy snack.

Creating Chocolate-Dipped Confections

Creating Chocolate-Dipped Confections

Chocolate should always be considered in some form on your dessert menu, but many are choosing to add chocolate in ways that are more subtle than a simple ‘slice of chocolate cake’. Rather than offering chocolate as the main part of the dish, let’s take a look at some ways to add chocolate-dipped confections into your menu to add appeal, interest, and flavor to your desserts. 

Portion Cost and Potential Profits

Portion Cost and Potential Profits

Portion cost is what the restaurant must pay for any given item including ingredients, equipment, labor, and time costs. Offsetting these costs by assigning prices appropriately can not only be profitable, but it can leave guests satisfied and coming back for more.

Gluten-Free Gluttony!

Gluten-Free Gluttony!

The gluten-free trend doesn’t seem to be slowing just yet, and while many folks are looking for gluten-free options, they’re also becoming more picky about the results. With more gluten-free options popping up in restaurants across America, those who opt for the gluten-free menu are looking for more tasteful, flavorful dishes.


Joining The Booming Meatless Movement: What Food Has Protein Besides Meat And How To Serve It Right

Joining The Booming Meatless Movement: What Food Has Protein Besides Meat And How To Serve It Right

Naturally, with the changing foodservice landscape and the growing appetite for alternative protein sources begs the questions: “What foods contain protein besides meat? And how can you serve it at your restaurant?”

Freshen Your Menu: Gluten-Free Items

Freshen Your Menu: Gluten-Free Items

Where there’s customer demand, your restaurant needs to be prepared with high-quality supply! If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to freshen your menu with gluten-free items.

Fun Kids’ Menu Ideas

Fun Kids’ Menu Ideas

Most restaurants have taken the time to create a kids’ menu, and 90% of parents agree that having a kids’ menu is important when eating out. Designing an appropriate menu for children can boost ticket sales and cater to a population subset that simply should not be overlooked.


All-Day Breakfast

All-Day Breakfast

If you haven’t considered adding breakfast as an all-day menu offering, then the phrase ‘better late than never’ is appropriate!

3 Dessert Ideas for the Grill

3 Dessert Ideas for the Grill

Your commercial grill probably sees a lot of action at lunch and dinnertime, while griddles are typically reserved for breakfast items. If you don’t serve breakfast, then you’re likely reserving your grills for main course items across the board. But there are many desserts that can be made on your grill as well, and those sear marks that makes meats so tasty can enhance the flavor profile of your desserts too! Here are three dessert ideas to use for your commercial grill. 

Palate-Pleasing Pork

Palate-Pleasing Pork

Dating back to 5000 BC, domesticated pig has been used as a source of food. Nowadays, pork products are found in many forms and in a gamut of cuisines!


Cheesy Choices for Breakfast

Cheesy Choices for Breakfast

Operators who tap into trends and traditional tastes give customers that extra boost to get out of bed and into your restaurant. A well-loved favorite that can be adapted to suit trends is cheese!


Fried Favorites

Fried Favorites

Fried foods tend to top the list for fattier, less healthy menu items. While the health trend is still in full swing, the demand for fried foods typically picks up in the warmer months - and this year is no different.


Deep-Fried Foie Gras May Draw A Hungry Crowd

Deep-Fried Foie Gras May Draw A Hungry Crowd

The restaurant industry may be playing it too safe these days.

Of course, there are numerous high-class establishments that offer revolutionary products. But the average person can't afford to dine at those places every day. There may need to be a bigger push for smaller restaurants to feature creative meals on their menus.

Having a Fryer may be able to help. Americans love fried foods, but the traditional chicken, vegetables and pickles have gotten stale - they want something new.

Craft a Kid-Friendly Menu

Craft a Kid-Friendly Menu

Restaurant owners looking for the designation of "kid-friendly" or "family-approved" may want to consider spending extra time crafting a menu that parents and children will enjoy.

Rotisserie Chicken Is Rolling Onto A Menu Near You

Rotisserie Chicken Is Rolling Onto A Menu Near You

There was a time when chicken was seen as a plain food - a good staple in the home kitchen, but nothing you'd order off the menu, unless you're counting calories.

Get The Most Out Of Your Fryer With These Trendy Apps

Get The Most Out Of Your Fryer With These Trendy Apps

It can't be said enough: Americans love fried food. From french fries to beer-battered shrimp, people are sure to try just about anything that's been stuck in a deep fryer.

Unique Spins On Those Boring Old Menu Items That Will Be A For Sure Crowd Pleaser

Unique Spins On Those Boring Old Menu Items That Will Be A For Sure Crowd Pleaser

Every chef has a least favorite item on the menu. It's either something that just doesn't sell, or it's something that sells so well that you just can't remove it, even though it lacks character.


Consider Grilling More Unconventional Meats

Consider Grilling More Unconventional Meats

Keeping the menu unique will help a business become and stay a local favorite. Here are two meat options to consider throwing on the grill!  

Hearty Soups, Sumptuous Stews, and Creative Chilies: A Food Safety Standard

Hearty Soups, Sumptuous Stews, and Creative Chilies: A Food Safety Standard

Cold weather means comfort food, and this is the season for hearty soups, sumptuous stews, and creative chilies! Food safety with your warm foods is of the utmost importance, especially when cooling them for storage.


Raw Oyster Bars Are A Great Way To Entice Customers

Raw Oyster Bars Are A Great Way To Entice Customers

Raw fish is prevalent in many different restaurants today. Oysters are just one of many different kinds of aquatic fare that can be enjoyed when uncooked, and many restaurants benefit from serving these undersea creatures as appetizers. 

Kettle Corn Makes For A Great Appetizer

Kettle Corn Makes For A Great Appetizer

Everyone loves to start a meal with a nice appetizer - and if it's free, all the better! Bread baskets are okay, but if you're looking for something that will really stand out, consider offering complementary baskets of kettle corn popcorn to your guests.

Varying Types Of Pasta May Be More Delicious Than Just Spaghetti

Varying Types Of Pasta May Be More Delicious Than Just Spaghetti

College students and other amateur cooks often forget there is more to the world of pasta than just simple spaghetti and meatballs. Changing the type of pasta can make all the difference in a dish or recipe.





There Is Never Enough Fried Food in the World

There Is Never Enough Fried Food in the World

Few cultures love fried food more than Americans. Deep-fried chicken, for example, makes mouths water and causes havoc in communities where there are shortages of the food. To supply the demand, eateries need their own restaurant equipment to fry chicken and other menu items. The Star 515FD Star-Max Single Pot Electric Fryer has a wide variety of capabilities and is necessary for today's eclectic taste palate preferences.




Odd Combinations Of Food Can Invite Delicious Results

Odd Combinations Of Food Can Invite Delicious Results

History is filled with strange combinations of food that have turned out to be quite appetizing.

Appetizers Taking the Spotlight

Appetizers Taking the Spotlight

Some may call them starters while others may refer to them as tapas, small plates, or samplers. No matter what your restaurant calls them, your appetizers have probably seen a lot more action in recent months. In fact, a research study done by Mintel has shown that 80% of respondents have stated that they have created their main courses by ordering one or more appetizers instead of ordering from the main menu.

Rice, Rice, And More... Rice!

Rice, Rice, And More... Rice!

Rice is a food that, in America at least, usually takes something of a backseat to whatever other foods it's paired with.

Hot Sandwiches Appeal To Professionals Looking For Lunch

Hot Sandwiches Appeal To Professionals Looking For Lunch

Lunch spots typically have to cater to the demands of business professionals who want something quick to eat in between their meetings.

Panini's Can Add Much-Needed Flair To Restaurant Menu's

Panini's Can Add Much-Needed Flair To Restaurant Menu's

The head chef at any restaurant should consider adding panini's to a menu to take advantage of this popular meal.

African Cuisine Will Make Customers' Mouths Water

African Cuisine Will Make Customers' Mouths Water

The northern coasts of Africa offer sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea, and the fish and other animals that come from this body of water are among the more delicious varieties found in the world. 

Turn Your Restaurant Into A Backyard Barbecue With Some Tasty Dishes And Sauces

Turn Your Restaurant Into A Backyard Barbecue With Some Tasty Dishes And Sauces

There is nothing more satisfying than spending a sunny afternoon feasting on cooked meat and vegetables fresh off the grill. Anyone who has a couple of bags of charcoal and a barbecue can prepare tons of delicious food, and restaurants often try to recreate the authentic flavor and form of backyard meals.

Bacon Bonanza

Bacon Bonanza

Recently, a type of seaweed has made headlines for being the nutritional, vegan substitute for bacon. While it hasn’t become mainstream just yet, we’re all contemplating the possibilities of this new bacon alternative! Restaurants have used bacon to spruce up their dishes for some time, and many more may jump on the bacon bandwagon in the coming years. Here are some ways that your restaurant can use bacon (or maybe seaweed?!) to spice up your menu.


Recreate Famous Meals With Historical Menu Items

Recreate Famous Meals With Historical Menu Items

As the summer tourist season approaches, many restaurants are contemplating updating their menus to take advantage of this valuable target audience.

Ceviche

Ceviche

Some of the hottest trends in the industry today focus on ethnic cuisines, and Peruvian cuisine is a front-runner in the race for foodservice domination.


How To Make Your Menu Work For You

How To Make Your Menu Work For You

Your menu is truly the turning point for your restaurant. With influences reaching back to the kitchen itself, making your menu work for you will boost profits and support your restaurant as a whole.

Small Plate, Big Impact

Small Plate, Big Impact

Traditionally, appetizers are designed as a shared item while entrees are made for the individual. With smaller plates, chefs have the ability to make a large impact on their customers, keeping them coming back for more!

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