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beverage trends

The Beverage Bonus

By Susanne Bukey / July 14, 2021

The growth of beverages today is astonishing as tastes and categories only expand. Waters with flavors and antioxidants, sports drinks, freshly squeezed juices, alcoholic beverages and non, coffees, and teas from around the world, all continue to intrigue us. The rise of functional, and healthy beverage consumption is staggering. Low, and no alcohol drinks especially…

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La Condesa, Austin, TX (Latin)

By Tony Lagana / July 8, 2021

Chef Rick Lopez is a native Texan who began his culinary career in Maine. He returned to San Antonio to work at La Mansion’s Las Canarias. He then moved to New York to work in a staging position at New  York’s Café Boulud. In 2009, he returned to Texas and was sous chef at La…

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A Future Beyond Meat and Dairy

By Tony Lagana / July 5, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has made many Americans question their dietary choices regarding their overall health and immunity. As a result, more Americans than ever before are looking for healthy alternatives to common kitchen staples like dairy, eggs, and meat. Plant-based dairy products are becoming more and more popular among Americans. By 2024, Americans are expected…

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Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab, Chicago, IL (Seafood)

By Tony Lagana / July 1, 2021

Chef Justin Diglia grew up in a small Midwestern town where he learned to cook from his Italian family  members. He recognized that food was his passion and enrolled in Sullivan University where he received  a dual degree in Culinary Arts and Business Administration. Upon graduation, he moved to Louisville,  Kentucky, to work at Vincenzo’s,…

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Savory, Sweet, and Spicy: A Full American Makeover

By Tony Lagana / June 28, 2021

One of the most interesting restaurant industry trends that have taken place during the COVID-19 pandemic, is the widespread interest in sauces and condiments. With hundreds of thousands of restaurants closing, many have attempted menu innovation and the use of exotic sauces. Flavors from Asia and Latin America have swept the United States in the…

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JAX Fish House, Denver, CO (Seafood)

By Tony Lagana / June 24, 2021

A native of Denver, Chef Sheila Lucero attributes her love of cooking to her father. After gaining a degree in biology at Florida International University, she returned to Colorado to enroll at the Colorado Art Institute. She began at JAX Fish House as a line cook. In 2009, she was named Executive Chef. She is instrumental…

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Tech Innovations in The Food Industry

By Tony Lagana / June 21, 2021

If the last year has shown us anything it’s this: The culinary industry has no choice but to embrace innovation and the risk that sometimes comes with new culinary technology. We have seen some innovations catch on slowly, only to single-handedly keep a business afloat in uncertain times. Other “advances” that were often safe in…

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George’s Ocean Terrace, La Jolla, CA (Latin)

By Tony Lagana / June 16, 2021

Chef Tre Foshee grew up in both Hawaii and California. He always knew that cooking was going to be a part of his life. He was naturally drawn to the culinary arts and excelled at it. Chef Foshee worked in numerous restaurants throughout Hawaii and California. He then settled on the Executive Chef and Partner…

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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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Da Marco, Houston, TX (Italian)

By Tony Lagana / June 10, 2021

Chef Marco Wiles was born in Italy and raised in the United States. As a child, he began cooking with his aunt during summers spent in northeastern Italy. He worked for several celebrated restaurants in Houston before opening DaMarco in an old house in the Montrose section of Houston. Since then, he has opened several…

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