• Chef Connexion - menu ideas

Chef Connexion - menu ideas

Hearty Mussel Chowder

Made with seasoned fish stock, white wine, tender corn and cream, this make-ahead soup base is finished to order with plump mussels and fresh herbs. It’s a creamy, thick and hearty chowder served piping hot as is, or garnish with herbed croutons, if desired.

Honey Pomegranate Tabbouleh with Quinoa and Ancient Grains

This twist on more traditional tabbouleh switches out bulgur for Quinoa and Ancients Grains Medley, which adds nutty flavour and enticing chewy texture while packing a nutritional wholegrain punch. This is delicious as a side salad or main dish top with roasted, sliced chicken or eggplant and crumbled goat’s cheese.

Hungry for Answers

Research proves that consumers looking online for a place to eat or drink are also looking for your menu. It’s next on their “want to know now” checklist, just after where you’re located. So tell them what you serve! Let’s look at best practices for menus on the Web.

London Fog Latte

A fog of warmth will envelope your customers as they sip this comforting cup.

Makeover Time

109 seconds. That’s how long most people will take to read your menu. Does it tell customers what they want to know? Is it attractive enough to hang outside the door? Give this selling tool all the attention it deserves.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Elevate the fan favourite, kid-approved hot chocolate for those who crave tradition with a twist.

Midnight Bubbly

Fall and winter months bring plenty of opportunities for celebrating. And more often kids are joining in these parties. This mocktail and refresher drink is easy to prepare: the kids will be toasting your brilliance.

Mini Broiled Seafood Appetizers

Brimming with fish and shrimp, individual bowls of creamy herbed dip are delectable as appetizers served piping hot and golden. Accompany with flatbreads or crackers for spreading and dipping, or garnish with hot Sea Watch Country Crispy Breaded Clam Strip Surfers, if desired.

Onion Ring-Wrapped Fried Eggs with Seasoned Hash

This creative breakfast entrée features over-easy eggs nestled in crisp onion rings with a well-seasoned twist on traditional hash browns. Serve as is, pair with sausages or bacon, or top grilled strip loin steak with an onion ring-wrapped fried egg for brunch or dinner. Go with either one or two eggs per order along with some of the seasoned hash – this recipe makes enough hash browns for four servings. Onion rings can be baked ahead of time then popped into the skillet for finishing to order with fried eggs.

Panko-Breaded Potato Croquettes

Top these appetizer-sized croquettes with herbed sour cream – with or without an additional piece of cooked bacon as garnish – and serve on a platter at a buffet table or as passed canapes. Feel free to double the first five ingredients as you’ll have more of the breading ingredients than is needed for this number of croquettes.

Plate Mates

Time to sidle up to your seconds-in-command

Lift your profits and your menu with creative sides. They’re a great way to freshen menus without too much extra financial outlay, and you can even reduce the cost of proteins by offering smaller portions dressed up with their sidekicks.

Potato Crust for Gourmet Pizza

For lunch, dinner or as a late-night snack, this golden crust – made with potatoes in place of the usual dough – is a crisp and creative base for any and all of your favourite pizza toppings. Try topping with pizza sauce, pepperoni, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers and shredded mozzarella; bake until bubbly, then sprinkle with sliced green onions before slicing into wedges. Or, for an innovative breakfast pizza, top with shredded Cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, crumbled bacon and sliced green onions.

Potato Gnocchi Arrabbiata

Tender gnocchi in rich, rustic sauce is a comforting dinner classic – especially when enjoyed during colder weather months. Arrabbiata is a fiery tomato-based pasta sauce so be sure to add chili pepper flakes – either simmered in the sauce or made available for sprinkling at the table.

Romancing the Dessert Menu

Understanding the psychology of the end of meal 4 ways to get your diners to end their meals on a sweet note.

Smoked Appetizers

Employ your smoker, buy pre-smoked items, or use liquid smoke for deep—and trendy—flavour.


The birds are tweeting, the fresh peas are snapping, the grill is sizzling…

Spring Fling

Fall in love with spring colour on your menu through spices, vegetables, global flavours, and spring desserts. Here’s how to wake up your plates as the seasons turn. Celebrate the delight of the warmer months and tempt your guests with brighter and lighter choices.