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This month’s exciting basketball tournament is an opportunity to draw in sports fans who want to celebrate their favorite teams with delicious food and drinks.

  • Nachos and Loaded Fries. These platforms are ripe for customization, a customer favorite. Pile them high with grilled meats and cheese plus toppings such as guacamole, caramelized onions, chopped tomatoes, snipped scallions, crunchy shredded lettuces, chile peppers, and fresh cilantro.
  • Dips. Guacamole, hummus, baked spinach and artichoke, buttermilk ranch, queso, pimento cheese, and chunky salsas—these are only a few of the myriad options operators have for low-cost/high-flavor, sharable appetizers that can be served with celery sticks, baby carrots, chips, flatbreads, and cucumber rounds.
  • Street Tacos. Still very much on-trend, these hand-held favorites can be filled with a multitude of proteins or vegetables and topped with shredded cabbage, sliced avocados, roasted tomatillos, radish sticks, and charred corn.
  • Sliders. Pile these mini-burgers with toppings that balance every bite. Think umami-rich tomato jam, pickled onions, roasted mushrooms, crisp lettuces, and creamy spreads such as garlicky aioli.
  • Wings. Glaze your wings in sweet-and-spicy honey, miso-soy, or barbecue sauces accented with chile peppers, fresh herbs, and sesame seeds. Pair with naturally healthy celery sticks that are the ideal foil for sticky wings.

Seasonal Checklist

  • Nachos: RSS Pico de Gallo Guacamole, RSS Diced Onions, MFC Tomatoes, RSS Washed & Trimmed Cilantro, and RSS Romaine Ribbons.
  • Dips: RSS Pure Pulp Avocado, RSS Diced Red Onions, MFC Red Bell Peppers, RSS Washed & Trimmed Cilantro, RSS Peeled Garlic, and RSS Baby Carrots.
  • Tacos: RSS Avocado Halves, RSS Shredded Cabbage, MFC Jalapeno Chile Peppers, and MFC Limes.
  • Sliders: MFC Butter Lettuce, MFC Tomatoes, RSS Deli Leaf, RSS Sliced Red Onions, and MFC Mushrooms.
  • Wings: RSS Celery Sticks, RSS Carrot Sticks, RSS Peeled Garlic, and MFC Serrano Chile Peppers.
  • Loaded Fries: RSS Washed & Trimmed Green Onions, RSS Shredded Lettuce, RSS Avocado Chunks, and RSS Arugula

Diners are increasingly hyper-focused on high-protein and plant-based foods. Alongside all of the new-fangled, lab-based, cell-cultured options out there is the humble bean. A staple food for millenia, beans are being re-examined as a healthy, versatile ingredient worthy of menu inclusion.

  • Retro and heirloom recipes—like Southern succotash, French cassoulet, and Cajun red beans and rice—fit the bill for those in search of authenticity.
  • Most world cuisines incorporate some type of bean in their classic dishes. Think feijoada in Brazil, black beans and rice with plantains in Puerto Rico, and garbanzo beans in Israel. Modern interpretations of these recipes are packed with produce and herbs.
  • The creamy texture of mung beans is proving an ideal substitute for those that are eliminating soy from their diets.