Chefs create next-level seafood towers | New York pizzerias embrace rectangular, Roman-style pies | CIA grads craft their own take on the fried chicken trend
August 18, 2017
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Chefs create next-level seafood towers
Chefs create next-level seafood towers
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Restaurants are revamping the classic seafood tower to offer new takes that include fire-roasted shellfish and even vegan options. Plant-based seafood stand-ins such as lobster mushroom and carrot "lox" make up the tower at Crossroads in Los Angeles.
Restaurant Hospitality online (8/17) 
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New York pizzerias embrace rectangular, Roman-style pies
New York pizzerias embrace rectangular, Roman-style pies
Several pizza-makers in New York are looking beyond the classic round pie and adding Roman-style rectangular pizzas to the menu. The slices are cut with scissors rather than pizza cutters and are often served at room temperature.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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CIA grads craft their own take on the fried chicken trend
A husband-and-wife pair of CIA alums opened a fried chicken concept in Philadelphia, built around their signature brine of honey, celery seed and paprika. "[W]e're both classically trained chefs -- Todd being much more refined, me being rustic -- so we went round-and-round as to what our place together would be," Laura Lyons said of Love & Honey Fried Chicken, which also offers house-baked corn bread and pies.
Philadelphia Weekly (8/16) 
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SmartBrief Originals
Most Clicked: Take a look at this week's hottest food and beverage industry stories with SmartBrief
Top 10: Taco Bell's newest breakfast item, a flavorful way to cook fish
Stories about Taco Bell's new fried-egg taco shell offering and how oil-poaching is a simple method for cooking flavorful fish proved popular with readers this week. Also of interest were Chuck E. Cheese's new Texas layout and Applebee's cultural shift.
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Beverage News
Yogurt adds tart flavor and creamy texture to cocktails
Yogurt cocktails are catching on at restaurants such as Shava in New Orleans, where the yogurt echoes the flavors of labneh present throughout the menu. The tartness of yogurt acts much like citrus, playing well with fruity and herbal flavors.
VinePair (8/18) 
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A Side of Business
Swaps and substitutions make for vegan-friendly menus
About 6% of Americans now identify as vegan, up from 1% a few years ago, and restaurants have more options than ever that allow them to offer vegan-friendly foods and beverages. Hamburger and chicken alternatives can be kept in the freezer and defrosted as needed, and non-dairy milks and butters add richness to dishes and drinks, vegan consultant Mark Reinfeld writes.
Food Newsfeed (8/17) 
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Local & Sustainable Spotlight
Chefs encourage creativity, accountability to cut food waste
Chefs are coming up with creative solutions for utilizing every bit of food that comes through their kitchen, and encouraging their staffs and diners to be more mindful about food waste. "You have to get your staff, your cooks, and your guests behind eating everything," said chef Jamie Bissonnette, who has his cooks at Coppa in Boston track everything they throw out in a "Waste Log."
The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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Star Ingredient
Manchego-style cheeses are approachable and versatile
Spanish manchego is well balanced and popular, a good gateway into the wider world of sheep cheese, Kat Craddock writes. It pairs well with sherry, olives or honey and almonds for a dessert course.
Serious Eats (8/17) 
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