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Food & Nutrition

Whether it’s food safety, nutrition, culinary trends or a variety of other related topics, we know that food is at the heart of your work every day. We have plenty of creative and tasty ideas to help you delight your guests and keep costs in check. 

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6 strategies to integrate locally sourced food

The top three tableservice menu trends are locally sourced meat and seafood, locally grown produce and environmental sustainability. Here are six tips that can help you incorporate local and seasonal foods on your menu.

Cooking up gluten-free cuisine

Given the amount of naturally gluten-free products chefs have numerous options when designing gluten-free dishes. Discover six restaurants committed to ensuring gluten-free diners.

Recognizing TCS Foods

TCS foods, such as dairy products, poultry and meat, are more likely to become unsafe than other food items. Be particularly careful with time and temperature when preparing these TCS foods.

To buy, or not to buy?

With labor costs rising, now is a good time to reexamine your kitchen workload and decide which items to make from scratch and which to purchase prepared.


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Assess your buys as food costs rise

Wholesale food prices continue to increase, jumping more than 5 percent in 2014 and nearly 25 percent during the last five years, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2015 Restaurant Industry Forecast. While you can’t control the markets, there are ways to keep food costs in check. Try these strategies to boost your bottom line.

Churn out sanitary ice at restaurants

Ice may not be caloric or a line item on your restaurant menu, but it is consumed by your restaurant guests and comes with a variety of food safety challenges. To help you reduce contamination threats specific to this beverage element, ServSafe Alcohol provides these best practices.

Handle drink garnishes safely

While the fruits, vegetables, herbs and other flavorful bites commonly accompanying cocktails and beers may be decorative, they are classified as ready-to-eat food and should be handled safely. To help protect your guests from foodborne illness, ServSafe Alcohol shares garnish food-safety tips.

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