It’s a behemoth, that’s for sure. For those of us who have made our way to McCormick Center in Chicago, we’ve found ourselves both enthralled and overwhelmed. When we talk to our friends in foodservice, we probably call it NRA, but for the laymen out there, we’ve learned to say “the restaurant show” or something of the sort to avoid being confused with another national organization, one that’s more highly divisive. It’s the National Restaurant Association, and I made my second annual trek this year.
I’ll admit– although I love the size and focus of the Catersource Tradeshow, the NRA show in contrast is a little bit bewildering for me. I’ve asked myself on the McCormick show floor many times, “Where am I and what am I looking for?” (To be fair, sometimes I ask myself these questions when I’m at the mall or even Googling things, so feeling a little lost in all the information is not uncommon for me.) The Catersource show is generally a lot easier to navigate, with every product focused specifically on catering and events.
But even so, I saw these new styles and innovations that caterers might find interesting.
Bush’s Best® has the right beans for all your catering needs. Whether you’re looking for ethnic inspired cuisine, meatless options or gluten-free dishes, the versatility of Bush’s Best® beans can work for your menu. More and more menus are including black bean burgers, bean salads, and other bean-based vegetarian or gluten-free items to satisfy growing consumer demand. Beans are the perfect choice for your pantry because they are a nutritious vegetable that can be served on their own as a side, can be part of expanding your breakfast menu or can be used in an entree. Best of all, Bush’s Best® beans are consumer’s preferred choice. Take a look at these ideas and discover new ways for beans to influence your menu.
BBQ Dinner Bites: Call them portable, dippable, or just down-right delectable, these panko-breaded bites of smashed Bush’s Best® Bean Pot Baked Beans mixed with shredded pork are perfect for lunch on the go and appetizers. Click through for recipe.