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Julia Child once insisted “nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should”. Although Julia was referring to food and the lengths we go to prepare it, chefs are now applying this same principle to their restaurants’ environments. From this hyper-awareness of the details, we see a focus that was strictly food-based now broaden to include the restaurant atmosphere. Sights, sounds, and interactions delight social media-savvy patrons, bringing them and their friends back for more.

Sounds
A study in gastrophysics by Charles Spence PhD recently showed that the sounds in a restaurant can change guests’ perception of food and drinks. In fact, certain music played ...

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Media Spotlight – A monthly review with the freshest culinary insight! All of our spotlights are inspired by Menu Innovator®. For more information on Menu Innovator®, email tlagana@culinarysystems.com.


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Kombucha Takes Flight!

Kombucha entered the mainstream, appearing on grocery shelves and restaurant menus across the country. Some of us thought it was simply a craze that would come and go. Maybe it was a health trend with its low calories and probiotics. With fermentation being on-trend, maybe it was just another fermented food. Refreshingly, this fermented t...

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Media Spotlight – A monthly review with the freshest culinary insight! All of our spotlights are inspired by Menu Innovator®. For more information on Menu Innovator®, email tlagana@culinarysystems.com.

Top Cuisines
Latin
Asian
New American
Mediterranean

Top Topics
Global in the US
Beverages
National Restaurant Chains
Food Abroad

Wood Fired!

For weeks now, we’ve been exploring Latin inspiration on the American menu. Mole sauces, Latin barbecue, tacos – these are some of the major influences on the plate. But we would be missing a vital part of the picture without looking into how we cook.

Restaurants recognize the value of the wood-fired grill. Latin countries around the glob...

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Media Spotlight – A monthly review with the freshest culinary insight! All of our spotlights are inspired by Menu Innovator®. For more information on Menu Innovator®, email tlagana@culinarysystems.com.


Top Cuisines
Latin
Asian
New American
Mediterranean


Top Topics
Global in the US
Beverages
National Restaurant Chains
Food Abroad

Mole Brings the Latin Kick We’ve Been Looking For

Across the nation, mole is rising in popularity! Americans love their Latin food and our dining scene shows it. For a long time chefs utilized Latin staples like cilantro or chipotle - both guaranteed hits. Now, they are adding mole to their list of go-to’s. Traditionally made with chiles, fruits, nu...

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Media Spotlight – A monthly review with the freshest culinary insight! All of our spotlights are inspired by Menu Innovator®. For more information on Menu Innovator®, email tlagana@culinarysystems.com.

Top Cuisines

Latin

Asian

New American

Mediterranean

Top Topics

Global in the US

Beverages

National Restaurant Chains

Food Abroad

The Future of Latin Fusion

Fusion cuisine has evolved over time. Years ago, chefs like Wolfgang Puck made fusion the norm, and today our televisions and social media accounts bring us all even closer, making our cultures overlap. Latin foods lend themselves to the ever-evolving fusion cuisine. With vibrant colors, smoky heat, and fresh flavors, Latin is the f...

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Media Spotlight – A monthly review with the freshest culinary insight! All of our spotlights are inspired by Menu Innovator®. For more information on Menu Innovator®, email tlagana@culinarysystems.com.

Top Cuisines
Latin
Asian
New American
Mediterranean

Top Topics
Global in the US
Beverages
National Restaurant Chains
Food Abroad

Flavor!
The art of barbecue is bold, vibrant, and charred to perfection. The same can be said of Mexican cuisine, especially Mexican barbecue! In the US, regions across the country are set in deep-rooted traditions that go back generations, and some of these traditions trace back to Mexico. Today, barbecue pit masters in Texas are incorporating the Mexican...

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Media Spotlight – A monthly review with the freshest culinary insight! All of our spotlights are inspired by Menu Innovator®. For more information on Menu Innovator®, email tlagana@culinarysystems.com.

Top Cuisines
Mediterranean
Latin
American
Asian

Top Topics
Global Cuisine in the US
Seafood
Vegetables
Beverages

Noteworthy Ingredients

This month, our Media Spotlight highlights some very unique ingredients. What makes them especially noteworthy is the ability that they all have to add strong kicks of flavor to a variety of plates. If you’re looking to add a new twist to the familiar, look no further!

Asian Elements
Savory and salty go hand in hand with a variety of Asian ingredient...

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Media Spotlight – A monthly review with the freshest culinary insight! All of our spotlights are inspired by Menu Innovator®. For more information on Menu Innovator®, email tlagana@culinarysystems.com.

Top Cuisines

Mediterranean

Latin

American

Asian

Top Topics

Global Cuisine in the US

Seafood

Vegetables

Beverages

There’s Something in the Water!

Walk down the street of any major US city, and you may miss them – flourishing farms on the rooftops of buildings, making the most urban restaurant menus “hyper-local”. When you sit at a table at restaurants like Blue Hill at Stone Barns, your meal will be made with produce from their own farm in Pocantico Hills. The un...

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Media Spotlight – A monthly review with the freshest culinary insight! All of our spotlights are inspired by Menu Innovator®. For more information on Menu Innovator®, email tlagana@culinarysystems.com.

Top Cuisines

Mediterranean

Latin

American

Asian

Top Topics

Global Cuisine in the US

Seafood

Vegetables

Beverages

Global Techniques for The American Restaurant

As foodies, most of us want to travel the world – To taste the pastries in Paris, to sample street food throughout Asia, to experience the flavors that are Latin America. Some of us get to do just that. Whether business trips or vacations take us abroad, we all try to find ourselves as guests at a foreign table. This quality...

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Media Spotlight – A monthly review with the freshest culinary insight! All of our spotlights are inspired by Menu Innovator®. For more information on Menu Innovator®, email tlagana@culinarysystems.com.

Top Cuisines

Asian

Latin

Mediterranean

Italian

Top Topics

Fruits & Vegetables

Sustainability & The Environment

Breakfast

Global Cuisine in the United States

Pancakes: An American Essential

For a long time, restaurants have competed to be new and innovative – and with randomized cuisine blends, molecular gastronomy, and even scent infusions, they continue to raise the bar. But sometimes, the real excitement is still found in the simple things. Bring forth the pancake! It’s bee...

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