Gazette – Fall 2020 Edition

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Fall 2020 Edition

While the uncertainty for our industry remains as high as ever, one thing is for certain- chefs and restaurateurs have shown tremendous resilience and creativity to adapt to the changing landscape.  We at Roland Foods have loved watching our partners innovate their menus and optimize their kitchen and dining space to better meet take-out and delivery needs. We are committed to supporting our partners as they continue to navigate this environment. Whether you are reopening dining rooms or focusing on curbside pickup and delivery only, we hope you find some inspiration in our tips/recommendations below. As always, we welcome you to contact [email protected] rolandfoods.com to learn more about how Roland Foods can be a resource for you.

Food Spread

Product Spotlight

Italian-inspired Take-out & Delivery

A Deep Dish report by third-party delivery company DoorDash, reveals that new trends have emerged from the pandemic, such as an increase in the popularity of comfort food. In fact, data reveals that menu items like “create-your-own” pizza are up significantly (1,501%). [1]

Though upwardly trending, pizza is not the only comfort food that hails from Italy. Roland Foods offers over 50 Italian-inspired categories, perfect for rounding out homestyle classics or adding an unexpected twist. Keep reading for our recommended staple take-out and delivery items or click below for our full Italian-inspired selection.

Click to See All Items in Our Italian-inspired Category

Olive Oil

From marinades, dressings, sauces, dips, and even desserts, olive oil is a key ingredient in Italian cuisine. How is it so versatile? Olive oil is available in many forms – from pure and refined to virgin and extra virgin.

Olive Oil

Spotlight:

Retail and Industrial sizes also available.

Balsamic Vinegar

This sweet and tart vinegar is made from cooked grape must, which lends the vinegar a beautiful dark color. A tablespoon of vinegar will add an extra layer of flavor and brightness to dressings, sauces, and stews. Our Balsamic Vinegar is produced in Modena, Italy.

Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Glaze

Balsamic Glaze is packaged in a plastic squeeze bottle that fits perfectly in the user’s hand for quick, decorative applications. It contains the unique sweet tart flavor of balsamic along with deep rich color. Our Balsamic Glaze is produced in Modena, Italy.

Balsamic Glaze

Spotlight:

Retail and Industrial sizes also available.

From Our Culinary Team

Italian-inspired Take-out & Delivery Tips

Create a fun take-out and delivery experience for customers with Italian-inspired meal-kits.

Pizza: dough, sauce, and toppings.

Date Night: pasta, sauce, and a bottle of wine.

The Breadbasket: baguette, olive oil, tapenade, vinegar, and pesto.

Antipasti Board: olives, chutney, honey, crostini, tinned fish, cheese, or meats.

Half-baked: prep containers of half-baked dishes such as lasagna, baked ziti, or mac n cheese for customers to easily finish at home.

Italian Takeout

Three Ingredients, Three Ways

Fall Dining

Menu simplification, a trend that has been surfacing the past few years, has peaked in 2020. We think this trend will only accelerate due to the pandemic. According to Restaurant Dive, restaurants will streamline their offerings to reduce labor and improve efficiencies, product quality, and order time. [2]

One way chefs and restaurant owners are simplifying menus is by featuring limited ingredients in several applications. See our easy formula for quick and delicious fall dishes using the same three ingredients:

  1. Skillet Kalamata Quinoa Cakes
    Tip: slide on a bun with tzatziki for a tasty meatless burger
  2. Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl with Warm Kalamata Olives
    Tip: frying olives results in a unique smoky flavor and an unexpected melt-in-your-mouth texture
  3. Butternut Squash Quinoa Stew with Kalamata Olives
    Tip: replace noodles or rice in a stew with quinoa for added heartiness, perfect for colder weather meals

Fall Dining

Click to See Items Used in the Above Formula

Contact [email protected] to learn more about how Roland Foods can be a resource for you during this time.

For additional take-out and delivery ideas, check out our pizza, grain bowl, meze, wing, and prepared foods books below:

Click to See Our Full Catalog

Reference List:

[1] Restaurant Business:
https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/food/doordash-digs-top-food-trends-emerging-2020

[2] Restaurant Dive:
https://www.restaurantdive.com/news/5-restaurant-trends-that-will-define-2020/569780/