Category: Menu Planning

Why Breakfast Potatoes Are Fueling the Resurgence of Morning Traffic

Why Breakfast Potatoes Are Fueling the Resurgence of Morning Traffic

The demand for breakfast is on the rise, and potatoes are a must-have breakfast item. See labor-saving products and recipes to feed your breakfast crowd—quickly and profitably.

Feb 26, 2024

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New Year’s Resolution: Satisfy Your Health-Conscious Customers in 2024

New Year’s Resolution: Satisfy Your Health-Conscious Customers in 2024

It’s the new year and customers are hungry for healthy menu options. Are you prepared? Learn how to cater to your health-conscious guests—without rewriting your whole menu. It’s easier than you think!

Jan 08, 2024

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11 Mouthwatering Ways to Serve Roasted Corn in Foodservice

11 Mouthwatering Ways to Serve Roasted Corn in Foodservice

Roasted corn is a proven way to increase the flavor and menu appeal of your recipes. Simplot RoastWorks® roasted corn products slash your prep time and free up your ovens. Here are 11 great ways to serve them!

Dec 04, 2023

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20 Ways to Use Avocado in Foodservice

20 Ways to Use Avocado in Foodservice

There’s no hotter fruit than the avocado—and no shortage of ways to use it. Once only popular in guacamole, you’ll now find this plant-based superfood in everything from ice cream to craft cocktails.

Oct 16, 2023

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Utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Back of House

Utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Back of House

Can artificial intelligence really help you in the kitchen? In this post, we review three of the most popular AI tools for recipe generation—DishGen, Let’s Foodie and ChatGPT—and show you how they compare when presented with three simple ingredients.

Aug 30, 2023

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Avocado Season: How Time of Year Affects Prices and Quality

Avocado Season: How Time of Year Affects Prices and Quality

The avocado-growing capital of Michoacan, Mexico, has four distinct growing seasons that can dramatically affect pricing and quality. Learn how to overcome seasonal volatility and unexpected supply disruptions for better profitability.

Apr 17, 2023

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13 Rose-Colored Menu Ingredients for 2023

13 Rose-Colored Menu Ingredients for 2023

Pink food offers a multitude of benefits for chefs and restaurant owners right now. Incorporating pink foods into your menu can help you generate the excitement you need to keep customers coming back. Get creative and have fun—the possibilities of pink are endless!

Feb 10, 2023

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6 Delicious Menu Ideas with Extraordinary Margins

6 Delicious Menu Ideas with Extraordinary Margins

It looks like inflation will continue to push food costs higher in 2023. Check out these proven strategies to protect your bottom line by menuing more profitable dishes. And we have six tasty menu ideas with very healthy margins—give them a try!

Dec 01, 2022

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Should You Raise Your Prices?

Should You Raise Your Prices?

Thinking about raising your menu prices to offset increasing costs? There are many things to consider before you do.

Aug 11, 2022

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Why Do Entrées with Roasted Vegetables Earn 27% More?

Why Do Entrées with Roasted Vegetables Earn 27% More?

Roasted vegetables are delicious—and they can help you capture premium prices, reduce prep, and delight your customers all at the same time.

May 23, 2022

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How Digital is Changing the Rules of Menu Engineering

How Digital is Changing the Rules of Menu Engineering

Designing a menu can be challenging—and layouts for print and digital are different. In this article, we go over the basic steps of menu engineering for print, then cover the new best practices for digital menus.

May 11, 2022

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The 14 Highest Scoring Simplot Recipes

The 14 Highest Scoring Simplot Recipes

Developing new menu items is an art form informed by a chef's experience and intuition. But how do you really know if the wonderful recipe you just created will sell?

Mar 03, 2022

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3 Ways to Cope with the Looming Avocado Shortage

3 Ways to Cope with the Looming Avocado Shortage

What happens when the supply chain of one of your most popular ingredients vanishes overnight? U.S. restaurants that serve avocado may find out very soon. We can help!

Feb 16, 2022

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Is There an Avocado Shortage?

Is There an Avocado Shortage?

The cost of whole avocados can vary wildly and fluctuate regularly based on four different factors. We explore each of the factors and explain how you can overcome the volatility by taking advantage of the consistent pricing of Simplot's prepared avocado products.

Jul 16, 2021

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On-Trend: 21 Recipe Ideas for Good Grains™ Cilantro Lime Rice

On-Trend: 21 Recipe Ideas for Good Grains™ Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice is a hugely popular and versatile dish—great on the side, as a base for on-trend bowls, or as filling inside wraps and burritos, cilantro lime rice has a home in every daypart and industry segment. Simplot Foods has just released its own take on this classic recipe with new Good Grains™ Cilantro Lime Rice & Flame-Roasted Corn Fiesta.

Dec 18, 2020

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21 Delicious Ways to Use RoastWorks® Flame-Roasted Pineapple & Pepper Blend

21 Delicious Ways to Use RoastWorks® Flame-Roasted Pineapple & Pepper Blend

For many of us, the first time we glimpsed the versatility of pineapple came with our first slice of Hawaiian pizza. The fresh burst of pineapple married to salty ham and melted cheese? Indisputable proof that pineapple is a tremendous complement to a huge range of proteins and other ingredients.

May 08, 2020

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Reopening Successfully, Part 2: Menuing Strategies

Reopening Successfully, Part 2: Menuing Strategies

With seating capacity reduced by social distancing guidelines, it's going to be critical to make as much as you can from every seating and keep tables turning. Now is the time to take a hard look at your menu and make sure it's optimized for profitability and operational simplicity.

Apr 30, 2020

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8 Strategies for More Effective LTOs

8 Strategies for More Effective LTOs

Learn how to take your LTOs to the next level.

Jul 11, 2019

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Local Flavor Trends: How Can They Fit In Your Menu?

Local Flavor Trends: How Can They Fit In Your Menu?

Once flavors hit the mainstream, seems like customers just can't wait to try them. What's hitting the mainstream now are tomato jam, charred items and Nashville hot. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, there's a way to incorporate these new in-demand flavors into your menu.

Jun 15, 2019

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Healthy Indulgence: Catering to Patrons Who Want It All

Healthy Indulgence: Catering to Patrons Who Want It All

As Americans, we are chock full of competing desires. We love big cars, but we want them to be fuel efficient. We want to get in shape, but exercise is hard. Food is no exception here. Americans are trying to eat more fruits and vegetables these days, but surprise! We aren't quite ready to give up the indulgent foods we love.

Apr 08, 2019

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Breakfast for Dinner? The Blurring of Dayparts Continues

Breakfast for Dinner? The Blurring of Dayparts Continues

Breakfast foods aren't particularly rebellious most of the time—crispy fried eggs and buttery toast, pancakes stacked high, served with bacon and plenty of syrup.

Feb 13, 2019

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Roasted/Charring Menu Trends

Roasted/Charring Menu Trends

Learn why roasting and charring are becoming this fall's hottest techniques.

Oct 01, 2018

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School Menu Inspiration: Build Your Own Bowls

School Menu Inspiration: Build Your Own Bowls

Food bowls have been around centuries in Asian cultures, but the craze hit America hard over the last couple of years. For schools, build-your-own bowls can help you stay on-trend and offer truly healthy meals while giving kids the freedom to mix and match their favorite flavors.

Jun 27, 2018

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Loading Up Fries in a Whole New International Way

Loading Up Fries in a Whole New International Way

Maybe it started with the Canadian poutine, or the English gravy on chips, but whatever started the trend, you know loaded fries are here to stay!

Jun 12, 2018

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Mar 05, 2018

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Harnessing Your Customers? Creativity for LTOs

Harnessing Your Customers? Creativity for LTOs

Learn the right way to involve customers in the creation of your LTOs.

Feb 05, 2018

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