Red Meat: Plating Protein
Meat is usually a restaurant’s priciest food purchase. But even with wholesale food costs skyrocketing over the past year, the current news isn’t all dismal at the center of the plate. Red meats haven’t been hit as hard as wheat, eggs and dairy products. Yet.
Aquaculture has been practiced worldwide in one form or another for centuries. Lowland fields and rice paddies would often be flooded by strong rains and monsoons. With these floods came an abundance of fish and aquatic organisms which flourished in this vegetation-rich environment.
The economy seems to be coming out of its tailspin and restaurant and bar customers are returning to their seats. Now is the time to give them something to come back for. Off-premise, consumers have been trading down, but when they go out for a drink, they want a treat. Time to dust off the top shelf.
On-premise wine drinkers traded down from bottles to glasses in 2012, according to GuestMetrics, which tracks over 250 million checks from restaurants and bars across the U.S. In addition, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon—longtime favorite varietals—lost some ground to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.