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Think Global. Source Local.

By Dawn Ferchak / August 30, 2021

One of the most important restaurant trends is the move toward eco-consciousness. With Millenials and Gen Z moving toward their prime consumer years, it’s vital to be aware of their wants and needs. And one of the most important things that they want is eco-consciousness in the local businesses they frequent. Being environmentally conscious is…

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Eco-Consciousness is the Trend to Watch

By Dawn Ferchak / July 26, 2021

Sustainability and the Food World Of all the restaurant trends to watch, eco-consciousness is tops with consumers. As COVID-19 vaccinations are given to more and more of the population, people are expected to return to restaurants in record numbers. Their concerns are moving away from cleaning and safety—although that remains vitally important—and more toward sustainable…

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Plate the Rainbow: Get Creative with Colorful Ingredients

By Dawn Ferchak / June 14, 2021

Color Counts It’s an adage we’ve all heard – Eat the rainbow! The American Heart Association has been recommending it for years. Adding colorful fruits and vegetables to meals is a hint to eat healthy—the more colors, the more variety you are consuming. But color is about more than just eating healthy. For restaurants, menu…

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Mediterranean Cuisine Growing in Popularity

By Dawn Ferchak / April 8, 2021

People have known for years that Mediterranean cuisine is healthy for you. Certain Middle Eastern foods have always been familiar for quite a while, like hummus, falafel, and kabobs. But there is so much more to enjoy from these regions. Spices and flavors from the Mediterranean and the Middle East have begun to trend. These…

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African Influences Gain Steam

By Dawn Ferchak / April 1, 2021

From soul food to fine dining, African influences and flavors are finding their way to American restaurants. Driven by both the trend for global flavors and a new appreciation for African American chefs and history, foods and ingredients from the massive continent are something to watch and something to try. History Brings Inspiration African people…

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The New Fusion – Experimental Global Cuisine on the Rise

By Dawn Ferchak / March 25, 2021

Fusion 2021 There can be no doubt about it – global flavors are trending in 2021. Driven largely by Millennial and Gen Z’s interest in new flavors and global influences, chefs are creating a global cuisine that marries different cultural techniques and ingredients in dishes that burst with flavor. And it’s not just Asian fusion.…

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Adaptogens & Products with a Bang

By Dawn Ferchak / March 16, 2021

Better than “Better-For-You” For years, the “health and wellness” movement has been influencing restaurant menus and grocery aisles. Many more product lines are looking to join the ‘with added health benefits’ club, and by creating a nutritional product (or one with a health halo) with the addition of adaptogens, they can do just that. Especially…

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Keep Things Hot – Chili Peppers

By Dawn Ferchak / March 2, 2021

Pep Up Your Dishes Sweet or spicy, roasted or pickled, there is no doubt that chili peppers are an ingredient trend that plans to stick around. Some are mild and some are scorching, but all of them are versatile additions to nearly any dish, at any time of day. Many have been around for ages,…

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Cleanliness Matters

By Dawn Ferchak / February 25, 2021

The restaurant industry took a huge hit in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused shutdowns, layoffs, and massive changes in the restaurant world. Making necessary changes to keep staff and customers safe is vital, while also making service and cleanliness changes to maintain business during these strange days. Safety is the Top Priority For staff…

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Race and Diversity in the Restaurant Industry

By Dawn Ferchak / February 25, 2021

Diversity has been a hot topic in 2020. The Black Lives Matter movement is a large part of it, but new strides have also driven more diversity to defeat racism. Creating more opportunities for people of color (POC) affects all aspects of the restaurant world, from the bottom to the top. Minority Opportunities Minority workers…

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