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The secret in in the sauce

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.

A natural accompaniment to a variety of dishes, sauces are an ideal flavor enhancer and offer an opportunity to establish custom and signature menu items. Sauces can also upscale a protein or be featured as a limited time offering. Whether preparing from scratch or combining prepared elements from your pantry, a unique sauce could be just what your menu is looking for. Check out some of these stellar sauces currently on menus:

Boka, Chicago
Red Pepper Sauce finishes this Chick Pea Panisse with cucumber yogurt, spicy crispy chick peas, lobster mushrooms, ramps and mint; $25.00

The Jar, Los Angeles
You choose the sauce you’d like for your beef or fish entrée: Béarnaise, Lobster Béarnaise, Tamarind, Green Peppercorn, Creamy Horseradish, Lemon Caperberry Relish with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Spicy Mustard and Thyme Butter; $NA – Accompaniment to entrée

Mkt, Seattle
Roasted plum sauce and rosemary complete this fried quail with marble potato salad dish; $16.00

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