Food & Ingredients

Chef Pierre Pies

Make it flavorful, rich, and decadent, then balance the menu with healthy options that satisfy special diet needs.

2014 Buyer's Guide
Smokin' Toddies
Hickory Smoke Syrup adds the natural, intoxicating taste and aroma of an outdoor smokehouse to a variety of beverage applications. Made with natural hickory smoke flavor and no artificial ingredients, the Hickory Smoke Syrup from Monin Gourmet Flavorings is a highly concentrated, authentic flavor ideally suited for margaritas, mojitos, hot chocolates, iced teas, and lemonades. The 1-liter, plastic bottle fits well behind the bar and in the kitchen. Priced to order.
Gourmet Lemonade
When life gave them lemons, DaVinci Gourmet's new Fruit Innovations Lemonade Concentrate won Best New Product at Coffee Fest New York. Made with pure cane sugar, real lemon juice, and lemon pulp, it perfects the classic sweet and tart combo of a freshly squeezed lemonade. The concentrate adds zest to craft teas, Italian sodas, cocktails, and mocktails. Available in six 750 ml plastic bottles and priced $9.35 per bottle at
Better Butter
New Grassland 50/50 Clarified Butter with Vegetable Oil has a high smoke point and a lower melting point than conventional clarified butter. Made with Wisconsin butter and soybeans, it has the rich flavor and texture of butter that allows sauces to maintain their quality longer without becoming watery. Priced to order.
Dry-Aged Bacon
At Jones Dairy Farm, a family tradition of smoking bacon for hours over natural wood chips has yielded a choice, dry-aged, naturally smoked bacon that is air-chilled before it's pressed and sliced. The bacon is certified gluten-free, priced to market, and available at
Layered Pies
Doubly delicious: Chef Pierre Luxe Layers pies pair gourmet fillings and favorite flavors from multiple pies in a single presentation, innovatively separated by a middle crust. The pairings include Blueberry with Lemon Meringue, Apple with Salted Caramel, Chocolate Mousse with Caramel, and Cherry with Chocolate Ganache. The pies are pre-sliced, potentially reducing serve time by 50 percent and decreasing waste. Priced to order.
Salad Mixes
The increasingly popular pomegranate makes a food fashion statement, and Ruby Fresh Salad Jewels will dress those greens for success with fresh pomegranate arils. Combined with a variety of tasty ingredients, choose from the Brilliant Southern Blend—pomegranate arils, chopped pecans, and crumbled bacon, the Sparkling Spring Mix—pomegranate arils, chopped walnuts, and gorgonzola cheese, or the Gleaming Mediterranean Medley—pomegranate arils, sliced almonds, and feta cheese. $4.99 per 3.5-ounce package.
Blond Chocolate
And we all know blondes (blond in French) have more fun. That's certainly the sentiment of French chocolatier Valrhona, in business since 1922 but recently the proud producer of the Dulcey Blond Chocolate Bar—a blond delicacy, somewhere between white and milk chocolate. Made with pure cocoa butter, Valrhona's Dulcey Blond Bar is buttery and slightly sweet, with a velvety, rich texture. Evoking a flavor of shortbread with a pinch of salt, it adapts beautifully to many uses, including molding and coating. A single bar, 85 grams/2.99-ounces, sells for $7.99 at
Allergen-Free Cookies
Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies are free of eight of the most common food allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish). Additionally, they are low-sodium, Non-GMO Project Verified, all-natural, and certified as a good source of whole grain by the Whole Grain Council. Priced to order.
Dessert Gels
Free of chemicals or artificial additives, an organic selection of Super Sprints gives restaurants fast and healthy dessert alternatives. Just add organic milk, yogurt, fruit, or water to PreGel's Bio Line for instant gelato, sorbetto, soft serve, or ice cream. Available in diverse flavors and priced to order.

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