bar one
bar two
bar three

Ideas & Trends

Recipes


No matter what type of operation you run or cuisine you serve, we have recipes that will stir up your own creativity and brighten up your menu. Many of these recipes have come directly from our own corporate chefs from across the country. So, whether you are looking for a new appetizer special, a Cajun-inspired burger or a simple but elegant dessert, search through our recipes to get those juices flowing.

Find Recipes Now!

Get Inspired

Spring Food and Beverage Pairings

Learn the basics of food and beverage pairings for your spring menu.

Read More

Get Inspired

Smart Sponsorships for Food Businesses

Learn how your operation can participate in event sponsorship that fits your brand.

Read More

Get Inspired

How to Attract Influencers and Keep Them Talking

Learn how to leverage local influencers to increase your brand awareness and bring in new business.

Read More

Get Inspired

Bowled Over

Learn what you should know about the bowls trend for your restaurant.

Read More

Get Inspired

Recapping 2018 and Looking Toward 2019 Trends

2019 food trends will be filled with international flavors, higher interest in sourcing, and unique ingredients becoming mainstream. Get all the details.

Read More

Get Inspired

Increase Traffic with Holiday Events

The holidays are a busy time as guests look for opportunities to celebrate with family and friends - learn how to increase sales when guests are open to indulging.

Read More

Get Inspired

Boost Sales with Pepperoni

Pepperoni is no longer just on top of pizza; instead, it’s on the side, the bottom and inside of any meal or daypart. Learn how to boost sales by adding pepperoni to your menu.

Read More

Get Inspired

How to Perfect Your Delivery Fries

Say goodbye to soggy fries and learn how to keep your fries hot and crispy, even when delivered.

Read More

Get Inspired

How to Make the Most of Private Events

Learn how to properly manage private events and buyouts to make them profitable for your restaurant.

Read More

Get Inspired

Our Favorite Restaurant Blogs and Podcasts

Good advice can be hard to find unless you know exactly where to look. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite picks of blogs and podcasts for restaurant owners that are seeking new knowledge.

Read More

Get Inspired

What's in with Takeout

Off-site dining, whether in the form of takeout, delivery, grab & go, or catering, is a major revenue category for restaurants, and according to trend watchers, it shows no sign of slowing down. Learn more about your options for takeout.

Read More

Get Inspired

How to Make Your Grand Opening Successful

As tempting as it might be, quietly opening your doors and slapping an “Open” sign on the window isn’t exactly a great way to generate buzz in your community. Embrace the excitement inherent in opening a new restaurant with a strategic launch plan.

Read More

Get Inspired

Benefits of Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week mean different things for chefs, cooks, guests, and food writers. Some cooks and servers grumble about ‘amateur diners’ who tip poorly and never return. While guests and writers sometimes complain about a lack of creativity in menus. But participating in Restaurant Week presents an opportunity to attract customers and create lifelong fans.

Read More

Get Inspired

Nutritional Menu Labeling

Learn how providing nutritional information and highlighting healthier menu items can be one valuable way to set your menu apart from the competition.

Read More

Get Inspired

How Restaurants Can Help Fight Food Waste

Tackling the issue of food waste isn’t just about saving food from landing in the trash can, though that is certainly part of it. It’s about changing the way chefs and consumers think about food in the first place.

Read More

Get Inspired

How to Draw a Crowd on Game Day

Whether it’s pro or college football, basketball, hockey, or baseball playoffs, big games can have a big impact on your restaurant’s business. So, how do you make sure your customers are happy regardless of if their favorite team is home or away?

Read More

Get Inspired

How to Attract Millennials to Your Restaurant

To maintain or establish any profitable business, you must be aware of your changing environments and always be focused on expanding your customer base. The current generation, called Millennials, is the largest and most influential generation since the Baby Boomers. As Millennials make up 25% of the current population,* an active restaurateur should market and adapt their business to attract these new customers to their foodservice operation.

Read More

Get Inspired

A Filet Mignon in Disguise

The teres major is a tender cut of beef that is starting to gain traction in the foodservice landscape, and for less cost than the pricier tenderloin or filet mignon.

Read More

Get Inspired

Lobster for the Masses

There was a time when lobster supplies were at best, erratic. It was mostly a luxury food that wasn’t often seen on menus except as a seasonal special or in exclusive restaurants able to regularly get a small share of the limited annual supply. Fortunately, times have changed.

Read More

Get Inspired

Brunch Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day

Brunch. Ask any of your staff, front of house or back, and they’ll all tell you the same thing: They hate it. The problem, as a restauranteur, is can you afford to ignore it? Like it or not, brunch is a hot trend that shows no sign of letting up. Brunch creates buzz, Monday morning around the office coffee maker, and is the perfect vehicle for people who want to try your restaurant but aren’t quite ready to commit to the expense of a full dinner.

Read More

Get Inspired

Make Your Menu Shareable

Friends and families have always used food as a way to connect. With face-to-face interaction having fallen behind texting and instant messaging, we need food to help bridge the communication gap more than ever. By catering to an increasing number of people who are actively looking for ways to connect, you can make your operation a destination for group gatherings.

Read More

Get Inspired

Tips for Killer Kebabs

Japan has Yakitori, China has Chuanr, and Preu has Anticuchos. But they are all essentially the same thing – meat on a stick (or as Turkey calls them – kebabs). The concept is simple and whether at a state fair, a food stall, or a restaurant, they can found across the globe.

Read More

Get Inspired

Summer Desserts are Berry Good

So, here it is, with the hot summer days approaching, you’ve switched your entrees to lighter, breezier fare. Your small plates are now cool and refreshing. Time to re-evaluate your dessert menu.

Read More

Get Inspired

A Twist on Traditional Mother's Day Service

Mother’s Day is here again. A busy, chaotic Sunday that has leaves both front and back of house exhausted and spent. You’ve figured out how to maximize service, either with a prix fixe set menu or a miles long self serve buffet. You know how quickly you can turn those tables and hope it doesn’t rain so you can utilize your patio seating. Yep, you’re ready for the big day and set to make all those mothers feel special.

Read More

Get Inspired

Skip the Green Beer this St. Patrick's Day

Skip the green beer this year, and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with dishes based off of traditional recipes that will draw in guests looking for good food and drink.

Read More

Get Inspired

Beyond Beef Tenderloin

A well rounded menu isn’t complete without at least one beef dish but getting the right plate to fit with the rest of the menu can be problematic. Learn what cut of meat is best for your menu's price points.

Read More

Get Inspired

Give French Fries the Spotlight

Fries. They’re possibly the quintessential American food, available from drive-throughs all the way up to Michelin-starred hotspots. They are easily made from scratch, but also available in endless permutations in frozen form. The side to many a dish, sometimes for nearly every dish on a menu.

Read More

Get Inspired

Perfect Pasta for Non-Italian Restaurants

You don't need to be exclusively an Italian restaurant to still serve up delicious pasta beyond basic spaghetti. Explore these ideas for creating unique dishes based on classics guests will love.

Read More

Get Inspired

Add Squash to the Menu

As the days grow shorter and a little chillier, tastes shift from summer’s light and refreshing to fall’s heavier, denser flavors. Squash immediately comes to mind, but far too often only as a dusty display on the credenza. A plate is really where a squash belongs, the trick is figuring out what to do with it.

Read More

Get Inspired

Superhero Sprouts

Superfoods. Some claim these ingredients have extraordinary, restorative powers—able to detoxify while providing the body with all manner of vitamin and mineral is substantive doses. Others say, meh, they’re good but not magical. Regardless of which theory you ascribe to, there’s no denying some of these so-called superfoods are hot menu items, especially among those who are more diet conscious.

Read More

Get Inspired

Squid: A Healthier Snack

Fried, grilled or tossed into a colorful salad, squid is versatile and affordable while lending itself perfectly to platter size dishes for the table to share. Check out some of our calamari serving ideas.

Read More

Get Inspired

Your Menu Needs Pork Belly

Diners today are much more health conscious and are opting for leaner cuts of meat with less fat. Try our ideas to serve indulgent Allegiance® Pork Belly across your menu a variety of flavor-packed dishes.

Read More

Get Inspired

Don't Forget Pork for a Perfect Burger

When you think of alternative burgers you probably think of chicken, turkey, or veggie. But don't forget the other white meat, pork. Learn how ground pork can add plenty of juicy flavor to any burger combination.

Read More

Get Inspired

Tips for Turkey and Chicken Burgers

For meat eaters looking for something a little lighter, ground turkey or chicken make great substitutes for a beef patty. The lighter flavors also mean you can doctor up the grind to create some interesting tastes.

Read More

Get Inspired

Perfecting the Black Bean Burger

Dense and filling, plus high in protein, black bean patties make for an excellent burger without the meat. Learn our tips to make your burgers flavorful while keeping them vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free.

Read More

Get Inspired

Give Seafood a Spot on Your Burger Menu

Fish or shellfish, the bounty of the sea is the perfect source for a burger patty. The only hard part is narrowing down which variety you want to go with.

Read More

Get Inspired

A Prix Fixe Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is the biggest day for dining out, but also one of the most challenging. Instead of a buffet, serve a prix fixe menu to allow for multiple seatings and easy prep.

Read More

Get Inspired

Teach Your Hot Dog New Tricks

Start with Ridgecrest Black Angus Beef Hot Dogs. Add gourmet toppings. French Dip or Banh Mi hot dogs, anyone? Watch customers come back for more.

Read More

Get Inspired

Five Quick Calamari Recipes

A few simple twists to your classic calamari can easily make it an instagram-worthy menu star. Try these combinations with our Empire's Treasure Calamari.

Read More

Get Inspired

Five Easy Appetizer Ideas

Our West Creek Dips can be served alone or in delicious appetizers that drive both profits and repeat visits. Here are five of our favorite ideas.

Read More

Get Inspired

Meats for the Holiday Table

The main protein is often the talk of the holiday table, and whether it’s a flavorful prime rib, a sweet glazed ham, or a perfectly browned turkey breast it's perfect to feed a large group and is sure to satisfy.

Read More

Get Inspired

Try a Biscuit Bar at Brunch

Brunch has always been a popular forum for biscuits, this year they’ve really been taking off. A great new way to capitalize on this trend is to run is a “build your own” biscuit bar.

Read More

Get Inspired

Up Your Game With Take Home Caramel Treats

With the holiday season rolling around, you’re going to have lots of guests dining at your establishment for special meals, be they celebrations for two or a larger parties. Giving a small treat for your guests to take home will surprise, delight and keep your restaurant in the customer’s mind after the meal.

Read More

Get Inspired

Fresh Pizza Trends

Today pizza and pizza variations are showing up anywhere from Italian restaurants to trend-forward eateries. Here are some of the latest pizza trends that we've been seeing.

Read More

Get Inspired

Healthy Summer Grilling Ideas

Chefs are firing up their grills for healthy and innovative takes on appetizers, salads, and desserts. Check out these innovative takes on grilled produce for appetizers, salads, and desserts.

Read More

Get Inspired

Celebrate Lent with American Seafood

Serving seafood during Lent means big money for your business. In fact, several studies have shown that restaurants who offer seafood specials on Fridays during those 40 days can increase seafood sales by up to 20 percent. Since seafood items are already some of your higher dollar menu items, this is a good time to get creative with your menu and see serious results.

Read More

Get Inspired

Spread the Love With Compound Butters

Compound butter is a delectable mixture of unsalted butter with savory or sweet ingredients. It's a simple but sublime way to creatively enhance appetizers, entrées or any special offering.

Read More

Get Inspired

Six Chicken Wing Sauces To Spice Up Your Menu

Whether you're getting ready for football or just looking to spice up your menu, we have six fresh wing sauces for you to try out on your menu with your favorite chicken wings. When making wings, we suggest starting with our Roma® Wingzz (bone-in), Roma® Wyngz (boneless), or our West Creek® Wings.

Read More

Get Inspired

Creating A Healthy Kids' Menu

Learn how to create a healthy kids' menu packed full of superfoods that both children and parents will love!

Read More

Get Inspired

Tips for Creating a Healthier Menu

Get ideas to create a healthier menu filled with lighter dishes that are still flavor-packed. Whether it's the start of the new year or the middle of the summer, diners will love having healthier options.

Read More

Get Inspired

Win With These Game Day Menu Ideas

Game day will not be perfect without great food, close friends (old customers), new customers, and the newest tv. For those of us hosting the party, wings, ordinary chips and dip just will not cut it. Serving the same old food is like a fumble on the three yard line instead of scoring the winning touchdown.

Read More

Get Inspired

Raise Brand Awareness With Custom Pizza Boxes

We can help you design a custom pizza box for your business. With a minimum order of 300 boxes, it's easy to put your brand or a seasonal message on your box.

Read More

Get Inspired

To Go, Family Style

As kids go back to school, parents are busier than ever. While this means fewer leisurely summer patio meals at restaurants, it also presents an opportunity

Read More

Get Inspired

Try Pimento Cheese on the Menu

Known as the “pate of the south,” pimento cheese is showing up in all kinds of dishes and adding a classic flavor in some very modern ways.

Read More

Get Inspired

Five Frozen Desserts with Wow Factor

As patrons are looking for unique ways to cool down, why not offer them some Piancone® frozen treats?

Read More

Get Inspired

Mix Up Your Summer Drink Menu

As the temperature goes up, so do beverage sales as customers look for ways to beat the heat. Try mixing up your drink offerings with these creative twists that are easy to implement and can help drive up profits!

Read More

Get Inspired

Create A Signature French Fry Dish

Get creative in the kitchen and create a signature french fry recipe that will become a new customer favorite. Explore some of our ideas featuring West Creek® Fries.

Read More

Get Inspired

Create Flavorful Dishes with Pesto

Pesto sauce is capable of many things—even the smallest dab of this sauce can completely transform a dish. Check out our unique burger, sandwich, and wrap ideas featuring pesto and filled with flavor.

Read More

Get Inspired

A Lesson on Flour

Use our Flour 101 Guide to help you learn about the many types of flour, and the best uses and practices for each one. A simple change-up might be just what your bread or cake needs to get it to just the right texture.

Read More

Get Inspired

Take a Bite. Hometown Style.

Despite several regional differences in cuisines across the country, there are a few dishes that always have mass appeal, regardless of time of year or location. Whether you’re at the beach in the Carolinas, seeing for yourself whether or not everything is really ‘bigger in Texas’, or gazing in wonder at the expanse of the Pacific, it’s never a bad time to take a bite of a burger.

Read More

Get Inspired

Increase Sales with Fresh Desserts

Change up your dessert menu with the seasons and feature a seasonal pie year-round. Learn some of our tips for enticing customers to indulge in a slice of pie and increase their check average.

Read More

Get Inspired

Appetizers or Small Plates? Can't it be both?

Starters, whether they are appetizers that can be shared amongst a whole table, or small plates that consist of just a bite or two of perfectly mixed flavors, are a great way to get your guests off to a great meal that they’ll remember.

Read More

Get Inspired

Jazz Up Your Menu with Cheese Boards

Cheese is trending and is an easy (and profitable) appetizer to offer for diners who are looking to avoid fried foods or a dessert for those that want a savory option.

Read More

Get Inspired

The Deal on Veal

Veal is a fantastic menu item with cuts that range in price to meet any foodservice operations menu price point. Find the perfect cut at the perfect price point to create a profitable new menu item.

Read More

Get Inspired

Creative Roma® Pasta Ideas

Our Piancone® and Roma® pre-made pastas are not just for your entrée menu, learn how you can feature them throughout the day with dishes like breakfast gnocchi hash and Italian nachos.

Read More

Get Inspired

A Guide to Olive Oil and Its Benefits

Olive oil is an incredibly versatile ingredient, try it drizzled on an antipasto or mix it into a salad dressing. But how much do you really know about this popular oil? Learn more about this popular kitchen item.

Read More

Get Inspired

Vegetarianism: The Challenge of the Kitchen

As a chef, navigating the maze of dietary choices can be challenging, learn more about different diets and how you can fit the needs of all your customers.

Read More

Get Inspired

Tools of the Trade: Knives

In a kitchen, knives are among the most important tools of the trade. Take the mystery out of selecting knives and learn how to find the best knife for the task.

Read More

Get Inspired

The Art of Deep Frying

Deep frying is considered a Dry Heat Method of cooking. It uses heat conduction and natural convection to transfer heat to food submerged in fat. Thus begins that golden brown delight known as deep fried food.

Read More
Spring food and drink pairings

Spring Food and Beverage Pairings

Event Sponsorship

Smart Sponsorships for Food Businesses

Attract Influencers

How to Attract Influencers and Keep Them Talking

Grain bowls trend

Bowled Over

Recapping 2018 and Looking Toward 2019 Trends

Recapping 2018 and Looking Toward 2019 Trends

Increase Holiday Traffic

Increase Traffic with Holiday Events

Pepperoni

Boost Sales with Pepperoni

Spicy Sriracha Fries

How to Perfect Your Delivery Fries

Profit off Private Events

How to Make the Most of Private Events

Our Favorite Restaurant Blogs and Podcasts

What's in with Takeout

How to Make Your Grand Opening Successful

Restaurant Week

Benefits of Restaurant Week

Nutritional Menu Labeling

Nutritional Menu Labeling

How Restaurants Can Help Fight Food Waste

big game nachos lg

How to Draw a Crowd on Game Day

how to attract millennials to your restaurant

How to Attract Millennials to Your Restaurant

A Filet Mignon in Disguise

lobster roll

Lobster for the Masses

Brunch Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day

Make Your Menu Shareable

Tips for Killer Kebabs

Summer Berry Dessert

Summer Desserts are Berry Good

Mothers Day

A Twist on Traditional Mother's Day Service

Skip the Green Beer this St. Patrick's Day

Beef Tenderoin

Beyond Beef Tenderloin

French Fries

Give French Fries the Spotlight

Perfect Pasta for Non-Italian Restaurants

squash soup

Add Squash to the Menu

Superhero Sprouts

Squid: A Healthier Snack

Your Menu Needs Pork Belly

Don't Forget Pork for a Perfect Burger

Tips for Turkey and Chicken Burgers

Perfecting the Black Bean Burger

Give Seafood a Spot on Your Burger Menu

Sweet Encore Princess Pineapple Cake for Mother

A Prix Fixe Mother's Day

Use Ridgecrest Hot Dogs for your goumet dog.

Teach Your Hot Dog New Tricks

Empire

Five Quick Calamari Recipes

Spicy sausage nachos

Five Easy Appetizer Ideas

Ridgecrest Cooked Beef

Meats for the Holiday Table

Biscuit

Try a Biscuit Bar at Brunch

Caramel candy

Up Your Game With Take Home Caramel Treats

Chicken is a fresh and delicious pizza topping.

Fresh Pizza Trends

Grilled Produce

Healthy Summer Grilling Ideas

oysters

Celebrate Lent with American Seafood

Herb butter

Spread the Love With Compound Butters

chicken wing recipes to spice up your menu

Six Chicken Wing Sauces To Spice Up Your Menu

healthy kids menu

Creating A Healthy Kids' Menu

healthy menu options

Tips for Creating a Healthier Menu

Bob Marley Burger

Win With These Game Day Menu Ideas

Pizza in a delivery box.

Raise Brand Awareness With Custom Pizza Boxes

To Go, Family Style

Try Pimento Cheese on the Menu

Five Frozen Desserts with Wow Factor

Mix Up Your Summer Drink Menu

West Creek French Fries

Create A Signature French Fry Dish

Roma Pesto

Create Flavorful Dishes with Pesto

Flour

A Lesson on Flour

Burger

Take a Bite. Hometown Style.

Let Your Desserts Work for You

Increase Sales with Fresh Desserts

appetizers

Appetizers or Small Plates? Can't it be both?

cheese plate

Jazz Up Your Menu with Cheese Boards

The Deal on Veal

Creative Roma® Pasta Ideas

A Guide to Olive Oil and Its Benefits

Vegetarianism: The Challenge of the Kitchen

Tools of the Trade: Knives

The Art of Deep Frying