Unique ingredients give pasta a healthy makeover

By Sean Moon Long the go-to meal for doting Italian grandmothers, spaghetti-loving kids and comfort-food aficionados, pasta has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. Today, the use of pasta in Canadian restaurants is less influenced by Nonna and more by such modern factors as clean-eating, plant-based or gluten-free diets and a world of unique […]

Meat and poultry prove their worth as versatile proteins

By Sean Moon As centre-of-the-plate mainstays, meat and poultry have long held a prominent place on Canadian restaurant menus. But with chefs always trying to raise the creative bar and impress diners, many are reaching beyond international borders to develop inspired and innovative protein dishes, all while giving tradition its due respect. With the days […]

From grainy to smooth, golden brown to bright yellow, mustard makes the cut

By Sean Moon Dating to a period when ancient Romans mixed unfermented grape juice (known as “must”) with ground mustard seeds, mustard has grown to become one of the most popular condiments or seasonings in the world today. Often paired with meats and cheeses, it is also ubiquitous as a topping for such modern North […]

Canadian trailblazers: Christian Mena and Lino Oliveira, SABOR Restaurant, Edmonton

By Sean Moon In many ways it is a uniquely Canadian success story: Two hardworking childhood friends from immigrant families, growing up in the melting pot neighbourhood of North Edmonton and eventually realizing their dreams decades later thanks to a common passion for Latin food, music and culture. Christian Mena and Adelino (Lino) Oliveira, co-owners […]

Herbs, spices and seasonings pack a powerful culinary punch

By Sean Moon With a history of use as traditional medicines, herbs and spices are some of the healthiest ingredients you can stock in your pantry. For adding flavour, variety and even ethnic personality to a dish, they can be unsung heroes. And for sheer economic value, they can stretch an operational dollar further than […]

Great reasons to add more soup to your menu

By Sean Moon In my experience, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like soup. For many of us, it brings back comforting memories of sitting at our kitchen table as a kid with a steaming bowl of homemade chicken noodle on a cold winter day. For others, it represents our family tradition or cultural […]

Cold-brewed coffee: Low and slow is the hottest new trend

With soft drinks and sodas losing some of their fizzle with Canadian foodservice customers, many are turning to a perennial beverage standby presented with a cool twist – cold-brewed coffee. Not to be confused with iced coffee — which is usually just a variation of espresso or strong coffee blended with milk, ice and sugar — […]

Tips for choosing and maintaining dishwashing equipment

By Sean Moon Dishwashing equipment, the true workhorse of any restaurant kitchen, can also be an unsung hero for foodservice operators in terms of cost-savings and energy efficiency. While the basic functions and purpose of dish and warewashing equipment have remained fairly constant over the years, manufacturers are adding new, money-saving features every year. Canadian […]