Menu News

Dramatic Dessert

Sweet Street Desserts' Red Velvet Cake features brilliant cake layers stacked four high, spread with deep chocolate truffle filling, then filled and frosted with tangy cream cheese icing. Topped with mini chocolate chips, a chocolate ganache drizzle and nonpareil dots, this Southern classic is impossible to resist. Vist www.sweetstreet.com [2].

Turkey Ideas for Holiday Tables

Just in time for the holidays, the National Turkey Federation has unveiled the winner of the organization's 2008 “Turkey Trendsetter” award. Michael Wagner, chef and owner of Lola's on Harrison in Hollywood, FL, wowed the judges with his recipe for pan-roasted turkey tenderloin with caramelized brussels sprouts, and creamy polenta and pomegranate-cherry gravy. Get this and other recipes at www.EatTurkey.com [3].

Healthier Pastry

Pennant Eat Well Puff Pastry with Zero Trans Fat delivers delicious taste with superior dough height and reliable, consistent baking performance. Available in convenient frozen sheets and squares. Find out more at www.pennantfoods.com [4].

Info for Operators

Tyson Food Service offers the Insights & Discovery quarterly newsletters as a part of its commitment to innovation. Produced in collaboration with Technomic, Inc., the newsletter offers consumer-centric insights into attitudes and behavior that identify trends affecting all foodservice segments. To receive the latest copy or learn more about Tyson Food Service products, visit www.tysonfoodservice.com [5] or call 800-24-TYSON.

Fresh From the Fridge

Basic American Foods has launched national distribution of the Harry's Fresh Foods® brand of refrigerated products. The Harry's line features wholesome soups, chilis, side dishes and sauces. Harry's products are kettle-cooked in small batches, using scratch methods for superior texture, flavor and appearance. Call 866-749-SOUP or visit www.baf.com [6].

New Flavors for Fall

Uncle Ben's® announces its 2008 fall operator promotion, Flavorfest, featuring the newly reformulated Flavored Rice line. Earn cash rewards, kitchen gear and merchandise from MARS FoodService when you menu new Uncle Ben's® products, such as Sun Dried Tomato Pilaf with Whole Grains and Pinto Beans & Whole Grain Brown Rice. Find out more at www.MARSfoodservices.com [7] or call 800-432-2331.

Great Crumbs for Crust

Start off your premium cheescakes with Nabisco Graham Cracker Crumbs from Kraft Foodservice. Recipes like Apple Crisp Cheesecake, Amaretto Cheesecake and Festive Pumpkin Cheesecake are made with a sweet crumb crust made from a nationally recognized favorite, Nabisco Graham Cracker Crumbs. For recipes, visit www.kraftfoodservice.com/crackers [8].

Drink Tank

Monin Gourmet Flavorings recently opened its second Flavor Café. An in-house, full-service commercial bar, coffeehouse and high-tech conference center, the Monin Flavor Café is designed to help foodservice professionals develop new and profitable beverage ideas. Call 800-966- 5225 or visit www.monin.com [9] for more information.

Ocho Lands Stateside

Altamar Brands, LLC is bringing Tequila Ocho, ultra premium single estate tequila to the United States market. Your savviest guests know Ocho for its rarity. Because of the time it takes an agave to mature, each estate's fields cannot be replenished for almost ten years after each harvest — making each vintage of Ocho an extremely limited and collectable tequila.

Nuevo Avocado Ideas

From ceviche and escabeche to tacos and tortas, Fresh Hand Grown in California Avocados know their way around Nuevo Latino cuisine. Beef Salad with Chipotle and Avocado and other recipes abound at www.CaliforniaAvocado.com/foodservice [10]. You can also call the California Avocado Commission Foodservice Hotline at 800-370-3782.

Sustainable, Explained

Just what is “sustainability,” anyway? The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Food Network's Alton Brown have joined forces to help clear up confusion on what sustainability really is, and explain how this concept has guided the Alaska seafood industry for more than 50 years. The five-minute video can be viewed online at www.alaskaseafood.org [11].

Hot New Appetizers

Maple Leaf Farms offers two new contemporary, chef-inspired heat-and-serve appetizers: Bacon-Wrapped Duck appetizers and Peking Duck Egg Rolls. Visit www.mapleleaffarms.com/foodservice [12] or call 800-348-2812.

Choose the Right Fry

Operators can ampliFRY their menu and multiply their profits by picking the fries that will benefit their operations the most. The ampliFRY Multi-Fry Menu Concepting program helps operators calculate the fry types preferred by customers in their market for maximum sales. Call Lamb Weston at 800-766-7783 or visit www.lambweston.com [13].

Versatile Cheese

Whether you spread it, melt it, dip it, mix it, or plate it, rondelé® by President® gourmet spreadable cheese will enhance any menu item. It is available in eight delicious varieties. Learn more about Lactalis Foodservice cheese at www.lactalisfs.com [14].

Sandwich Savvy

Hormel offers four new bulk Natural Choice® selections to its line of natural, presliced deli meats. Visit www.hormelfoodservice.com [15] for details.

Mini-Burgers

No mini-burgers on your menu yet? Don't miss out on this profitable trend. Advance Food Company's new Certfied Angus Beef® brand The PUB Steak Burger® Mini Beef Steak Burger with Bun gives you everything you need to menu these juicy, delicous, flamebroiled bites. Call 800-680-2344 or visit www.advancefoodcompany.com [16].

Raise a Mug to Shrimp

Tampa Maid's Beer'n Batter® Shrimp are premium peeled and deveined shrimp, dipped in a light batter made with genuine draft beer, and par-fried to a golden crisp. Call 800-462-5896, ext. 350 or visit the newly enhanced website, www.tampamaid.com [17].

Plate Some Drama

PlateScapers® Lime and Strawberry dessert toppings from Smucker Foodservice make it easy to add artistic flair to desserts. Lime PlateScapers are the perfect decorative touch to key lime pie. For more ideas, visit www.smuckerfoodservice.com [18] or call 330-682-3000.

Crunchy Toppings

Fresh Gourmet® Crispy Onions from Sugar Foods will add natural onion flavor and crispy crunch to just about any menu item. Sprinkle them on omelets, add them to salads, or layer them on steaks and burgers. Visit www.foodservice.freshgourmet.com [19] or call 888-708-2222.

Time for Soup

Make soup season profitable with Cheddar Broccoli Soup Supreme from NORPAC. Tender broccoli florets are surrounded by a buttery cream base infused with flavor from carrots, onions, rich cheddar and savory seasonings. Visit www.NORPAC.com [20].

Natural Bases

MINOR'S® introduces All Natural Bases in Chicken, Beef and Vegetable varieties. Made from the finest natural ingredients and free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives these bases have 25% less sodium than others. Call 800-243-8822 or visit www.nestleprofessional.com [21].

Tea With a Conscience

Lipton® introduces Kericho Estate Tea, made with tea leaves from the 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified fields of Lipton's® Kericho Tea Estate in Kenya, Africa. Learn more at www.unileverfoodsolutions.us/liptonforthefuture [22].

Absinthe Launch

Pernod Absinthe, produced by Pernod Ricard USA, is a revival of the original absinthe, Pernod Fils. After a 92-year ban of the higher-proof spirit product, the Alcohol and Tobacco Bureau recently approved the sale of absinthe in the U.S. For details, visit www.pernod.net [23].

Free DVD Offer

Unilever Foodsolutions, in association with the Culinary Institute of America, creators of the award-winning DVD series “Savoring The Best of World Flavors,” present Volume III of the series, “Savoring The Best of World Flavors: Vietnam and the Island of Sicily.” Each volume delivers a hands-on perspective of the tastes and traditions of world cuisines. Get your free copy by visiting www.unileverfoodsolutions.us/dvd_offer [24].

Brown Rice Recipes

Brown rice, a 100% whole grain food, joins the recognized ranks of healthful whole grains approved to bear the FDA's whole grain health claim. Recent USA Rice Federation proprietary research confirmed the growing demand for whole grain brown rice as a healthy menu option. Get ahead of the trend. For whole grain brown rice recipes, visit www.MenuRice.com [25].

Fried Fish, Less Fat

Trident Seafoods offers a new line of breaded fish portions with dramatically reduced fat and calories. Cut from 100% pure Alaska pollock fillets, each portion is coated with a new breading that holds tight to the fish, releases easily from a sheet pan and serves up crisp and delicious right from the oven. For a free recipe booklet, call 800-367 6065, or e-mail [email protected] [26].

Frying Oil

Frymax® deep frying oil from ACH Food Companies has zero grams trans fat per serving, and offers light flavor, longer fry life and lower annual costs. For details, call 800-527-3026 (ext. 0) or visit the website: www.ACHzerotrans.com [27].