Megan Warmouth is FoodService Director’s associate editor and contributing editor for RestaurantBusinessOnline.com and Restaurant Business Magazine. In a variety of roles such as account manager, media buyer, program assistant and admissions director, Megan has worked with some aspect of the foodservice industry since 2002, most recently as the custom content editor for CSP Business Media, parent company of FSD. A native of Chicago, Megan loves to cook and travel, and is a fan of Jane Austen and anything British. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ball State University.
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Pairing food and beverages these days isn’t as clear cut as it once was. Recent reports find that consumers are looking beyond wine to beer, cocktails and even non-alcoholic options to pair with menu items. And the menu items that beverages are paired with today go well beyond steak and seafood—bar snacks, appetizers and vegetable entrées are also now prime pairing options.
Two in five people say they are willing to spend more on meals that showcase new and interesting flavors, finds a recent Technomic study of consumer flavor trends. And consumers—especially Millennials—are seeking a broader spectrum of food choices, indicating that options for more authentic and traditional foods are increasingly important. Adding or adjusting sauce applications is just one easy and economical way to satisfy this customer craving.
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