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It’s official – as of January 2015, “a chop is not a chop is not a chop!” The 8th edition of The Meat Buyer’s Guide represents the new, USDA-approved names for chops cut from the pork loin and shoulder.
2014 was a big year for pork. From on-the-go trucks to national LTOs, let’s take a look back at our top stories, revisit Pork Summit and learn how to craft the perfect Torta Tripleta – it’s all here in our Best of The 400, 2014 edition.
In October, fourteen foodservice editors joined us in Puerto Rico to discover innovative pork preparations from the Island’s most celebrated chefs – including a Criolla Comida welcome dinner, a delicious six-stop restaurant crawl and an expedition eating lechon asado at the legendary Apa’s and the ‘Ruta De Lechón’ in Guavate.
From food stalls and pods to independent trucks, America’s street food scene is turning to pork to deliver more authenticity and amazing flavor.
It’s no secret – Americans love a good sandwich. Now they’re going global to find their next favorite. From the classic Cuban to the Argentinian Choripán, Latin sandwiches are making menus across the country.
A recap of the 4th annual Pork Summit held at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus in St. Helena, CA.
It’s a modern renaissance. Imaginative operators are reinterpreting the classics with pork and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Learn how pork brings a contemporary perspective to menus.
Think you know noodles? Think again – these comforting classics are reappearing on menus.
The 400’s best of 2013
On a sunny October day, nine foodservice editors arrived in Nantucket to discover creative new ways to serve pork from some of the island’s most renowned chefs.
Italian-made meats have dominated restaurant salumi platters in recent years; however, chefs today are turning to cured meats made in-house or by domestic, artisan producers – the most notable cut being ham. Whether European-style (cured and dry-aged), country-style (dry-cured and smoked) or city-style (wet-cured and smoked), American hams have taken over platters, small plates and entrees as the new “it” charcuterie.
On the heels of the housemade charcuterie trend that swept restaurants nationwide, fresh sausage has found its stage presence as a center of the plate specialty, with or without the traditional bun. Even at quick-serve restaurants, sausage has outpaced other pork dishes like ribs, and it’s moved beyond just the breakfast daypart, according to foodservice research firm Technomic.
Small plates are still going strong after several years, and now these sharable dishes are getting even bigger – literally. Dining is a shared experience, and chefs are capitalizing on the desire for community experiences by creating shareable entrées. From a whole pork roast to a simple porterhouse chop for two, patrons are sharing the flavor. For chefs, shareable entrées create higher profits and less waste in the kitchen.
With a “global street food” movement taking hold among restaurants across the country, sandwiches have found a new niche. The portability and convenience these bread-based meals provide also explains their rising popularity.
From indigenous barbecue and fresh sausage making to pairing whole hog market basket exercise, the 3rd annual Pork Summit was a feast for mind and stomach.
Does menu organization matter? Can words increase pork’s appetite appeal? The National Pork Board delves into how operators can craft patron-pleasing menus and be more profitable with pork.
Be more profitable with pork. The USDA has approved changing the names of some of your favorite pork cuts, and operators are using the new language to their advantage.
Savvy operators across the country are crafting menus to appeal to Millennials – and pork is taking center stage.
Delicious food starts with quality ingredients and simple preparations
In January’s The 400, we show you how to start the New Year with a great breakfast.
In December’s The 400, we show you how spices can impact pork’s flavor.
In November’s The 400, we show you pork’s role in global cuisine.
In October’s The 400, we show you how to utilize and cook the whole hog.
In September’s The 400, we show you the perfect pairings for pork.
In August’s The 400, we show you pork’s versatility as an ingredient.
In July’s The 400, learn how you can redesign your menu to reflect your regional cuisine.
In June’s 400, we explore the wonderful flavors of cooking pork low and slow.
In May’s 400, get an insider’s view of this year’s third annual Pork Summit.
In April’s newsletter, see what’s getting hot in the kitchen.
In March’s 400, read about where sandwiches have been and where pork is taking them now.
In February’s 400, see the innovative ways to use chops and brining for new and creative dishes.
In January’s 400, indulge in savory breakfast items featuring classic dishes enhanced with pork.
In December’s 400, tour the world from the comfort of your kitchen and focus on globally inspired pork dishes.
In November’s 400, learn how to get the most bang for your buck with pork value cuts.
In October’s 400, take a trip on the lighter side and learn about delicious and healthy pork options.
In September’s 400, enhance your menu by discovering all the ways to use pork as an ingredient.
In August’s 400, spice up your menu with new flavors that pair perfectly with pork.
In July’s 400, we grab some delicious pork-to-go options and discuss the growing trend.
In June’s 400, we tour the country and focus on delicious regional cuisine.
In May’s 400, learn about the pork industry’s efforts to go green and reduce our carbon footprint.
In April’s 400, we talk barbecue and we’re talkin’ amazing!