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Ingredient Spotlight: Black Lime

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A foodservice operator must always be on top of how to keep things innovative, fresh, and on-trend at their restaurant. A way to do this is to experiment with different ingredients to develop novel flavors and, in turn, memorable dishes that keep guests coming back for more. In the Synergy Test Kitchen, our chefs often incorporate new foods, spices and techniques for our clients and today we want to introduce you to an extraordinary item. You’ve probably heard of black garlic – aged garlic with an earthy taste and sticky texture. You’re probably familiar with black rice, which has a mild and…

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restaurant consultants for catering

How to be a Restaurant that Caters

For a very long time, there existed a clear divide between running a Catering business and running a Restaurant. Fulfilling large, off-premise food orders was its own niche in the food industry, kept entirely separate from in-house food service. Yet as the restaurant industry evolves, there has been a spike the wonderful idea that is…

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California Senate Bill 850

Keep an eye out for Senate Bill 850!

A CA senator has proposed strict rules on employee’s schedules. The new bill states that employee schedules must be posted seven days in advance of the shift. Also, the schedule must be made for a minimum of 21 days. Any changes within seven days would require a“modification” pay of $50 per day. The penalty for…

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Synergy’s Best of 2019: Restaurant Discovery

As we wave goodbye to the ‘10s, foodservice news is chock full of food and restaurant trend predictions for the coming decade. For our last newsletter of the year, we wanted to highlight some of the great dishes and concepts that inspired us during our Discovery tours across the country. Some of these locations just…

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California’s Ban on Latex Gloves

With all the effort these days to provide eco-friendly packaging and to reduce waste, you would think the upcoming ban in California on latex gloves would relate to that cause. However, that is not the case, although the reason is still very critical—allergies. The prevention of food-related illnesses consists of proper handling, storage, and cooking…

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Best of 2019 restaurant expos

Best from Foodservice and Hospitality Expos 2019

What a year 2019 has been for the foodservice industry! We were fortunate enough to travel the country to check out the latest trends, greatest tools, as well as the movers and shakers in the hospitality space. It was a delight to engage in person with others and to get hands-on experience with restaurant innovation….

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How I Became a Restaurant Consultant

How did you decide to become a restaurant consultant? After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and working at Windows on the World Restaurant in the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, I had the opportunity to meet and ultimately work for Joseph Baum, who at the time was the most…

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