Pumpkin Spice Is Overrated. There We Said It... But These Recipes Are Not

Pumpkin Spice Is Overrated. There We Said It... But These Recipes Are Not

Autumn’s most eponymous squash, pumpkin, has much more to offer this season than a hurried rush of spicy latte in a green and white cup in one hand and the Instagram machine in the other.

There is reasonable certainty that what we like about pumpkin spice latte is not so much the latte, nor the pumpkin, but all the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, clove and vanilla that makes coffee devotees clench their fists in spasms of caffeinated angst.

Pumpkin is inexpensive, abundant and swollen with complex, deliberate flavor that is celebration-worthy rather than tucked under too much spice. Loaded with plenty of naturally occurring sweetness that can be coaxed with a long cook time, pumpkin flavor can be lost under the clove of darkness.

In the North End of Boston, for instance, Giacomo’s North End Ristorante lifts their pumpkin game with pumpkin tortellini in sage-mascarpone sauce. The subtle Italian cream cheese works as a velvet canvas for the pumpkin to be the star. Just around the corner, in the very same neighborhood, La Famiglia Giorgio gets all Italian with their pumpkin treatment, too. Pumpkin is tucked into pasta pillows and dressed with marsala in pumpkin ravioli.  

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Fall Flavors That Are Sure to Keep Guests Engaged Through the Winter

Fall Flavors That Are Sure to Keep Guests Engaged Through the Winter

The weather shifts again and guests will soon be clamoring for all things autumn.

Higher octane and fuller-flavored brews paired with bold-flavored dishes that keep the menu offerings clean and satisfying, should round out seasonal menu changes.

The savvy guests visiting your establishment will be expecting seasonal flavors, prepared in ways that incorporate spices and ingredients from all over the world. Guests have moved beyond the American fall classics and are ready for your interpretation of a world-influenced fall dish.

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Seasonal Autumn Menus: Pumpkin and More Pumpkin

Seasonal Autumn Menus: Pumpkin and More Pumpkin

By Kerri Adams, Managing Editor

Restaurants offering autumn seasonal items on their menu is certainly not a new trend. Once summer is over, consumers look forward to the various fall holidays. Autumn brings seasonal ingredient favorites and since more restaurants are consistently offering seasonal menus year round now, this year’s autumn menus are as festival as ever– from the quick-serve to fine dining segment.

Why are Consumers Still Interested Year After Year?

What is the appeal of the pumpkin flavored dishes and beverages? Yes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are tasty but this trend is not only about the taste of the ingredients- it is much more than that. Most of the items are only available for a few months, if that. This creates a sense of urgency for consumers and they don’t want to miss out. Consumers, especially millennials are going to be sharing their pumpkin flavor items on social media and this contributes to the autumn frenzy. They don’t want to miss out on Dunkin’ Donuts’ Pumpkin Pie Donut, when they have seen it pop up on their newsfeed since the season started. Can they wait until next year? Probably not. Limited time menu offers are effective promotions for brands because they bring in new business, they offer regular customers something new, and they initiate end of quarter highs.

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