Category Archives: Culinary Trends

Win-Win with Customer Celebrations

As the holidays approach, our guests will be in a more festive mood. They smile wider, laugh louder and spend bigger. Take advantage of this “goodwill towards men” by offering more selections from the bar. Unfortunately, due to a variety … Continue reading

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Wine Training: ‘Boot Camp’ or ‘Stairway’ Approach?

Depending on the type of establishment you operate, a restaurant’s wine list can range from encyclopedic to rudimentary, but it is an effective tool for the generation of high margin revenue.   Getting your staff to utilize it effectively to drive … Continue reading

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Summer BBQ – Recipe

Hot Onion Dip This dip has been served at my family functions for years. It’s simple to make and full of flavor. Many times, guests who don’t like onions will try it, and love it! The onions aren’t as pungent … Continue reading

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Egg-traordinary Easter Cocktails

Easter is a time of celebration, which calls for a feast! To go along with your feast of lamb, pies, decorated Easter eggs and ham, try stepping outside the ‘mimosa box’ with these tasty and imaginative Easter-themed drinks. They can … Continue reading

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I say, “Easter.” You say, “Egg.”

Have you ever wondered why eggs are the unofficial food mascot for Easter? Or why you prepare an Easter dinner of baked ham or rack of lamb? Many Easter culinary traditions stem from historic religious and non-religious beginnings and are … Continue reading

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Training—There’s an App for That!

The younger the person, the more likely it is that they haven’t known a time in their lives without mobile phones. It used to be, not too long ago, that people could still remember the oversized car phones that were … Continue reading

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Micro-brewing: Add Craft Beer to Your Menu

Microbreweries, defined as regional breweries and brew pubs, were once sinuous with certain regions of the country, but are now appearing nationwide. Smaller brew batches and greater experimentation yield unique results that just are not possible for large commercial breweries. … Continue reading

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The Bar, an Integral Part of the Culinary Experience

Restaurant trends are not limited to what the kitchen produces. Two of the leading trends, culinary cocktails and liquor/food pairings, originate from the bar. Culinary cocktails have taken their cue from chefs sourcing and using the freshest local ingredients to … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Mixology Mix-up: What’s in that drink?

If you’ve been a bartender or a server for an extended period of time, you probably know the ingredients to classic cocktails: Martini, Margarita, Mojito, Manhattan. But with the upsurge in “signature spirits” and the mixology craze, drink orders can … Continue reading

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Cupcakes: The Star of the Party!

Once a novelty dessert, the cupcake is now a necessity to any bakery or home kitchen. Over the past five years, cupcakes have become the norm and navigated their way into mainstream desserts. Trends of these petite packages of sugary … Continue reading

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