Carrot, Fennel, and Citrus Salad
If there’s anyone who knows a classy way to serve carrots, it’s Grimmway Farms. Their recipe balances a unique combination of baby carrots, fennel, grapefruit, and parsley to create a salad with a wide range of colors and textures. Best of all, each ingredient builds off each other; the anise-heavy flavor of fennel is a welcome counterpart to tart grapefruit and vice versa. Save some fennel fronds for garnish to create a plate that’ll stick with your customers.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, and Anise
Want a seasonal treat? Look no further. This dish from Queen Victoria works with fall favorites like butternut squash, dried cranberries, Brussels sprouts, anise, and cinnamon to create a dish that is simultaneously comforting and complex. Roasting your Brussels sprouts is key here; the process makes your sprouts much crunchier than other cooking methods.
- Pro Tip: For best results, select larger sprouts as they tend to be more bitter.
Apple Braised Chicken
Some of the most memorable main courses take something familiar and expand on it in unexpected ways. This apple braised chicken recipe from our friends at Rainer Fruit Company adds complexity to your typical chicken dish with fresh apple slices and chopped paragon. The dish looks absolutely killer on the plate too, particularly when coated in the cream sauce. Try working with different varieties to have greater control on your flavor profile.
One of few dishes that can be considered a true “experience,” baked Alaska is an excellent way to spice up your dining room. The flambéed dish is visually striking, but the perfect mixture of ice cream and caramelization is what will truly stick with you. As you’d expect, there are many different takes on baked Alaska, so feel free to get creative! From the rum-soaked bombe Alaska to brownie baked Alaska, you’re only limited by your imagination.
- Pro Tip: See some more of our favorite flambé dishes here.
Perhaps the ultimate fine-dining dish, Beef Wellington has a well deserved reputation. The combination of high quality beef and puff pastry is to die for, but the dish truly succeeds because of its additional ingredients; be sure to include mushrooms, shallots, and a touch of thyme to really bring the dish home. In terms of side dishes, this is a great place to bust out duchess baby russets from Wilcox Fresh.
Bring a dose of the tropics to your cocktail menu by whipping out a dragonfruit martini. Dragonfruit adds a mild tropical sweetness to a standard vodka martini that pairs wonderfully with lime or coconut milk. If you can get your hands on red dragonfruit, try muddling it to bring a beautiful red color to your drink; if you can only get white dragonfruit, muddle the peel instead! Garnish with a fresh slice of dragonfruit for some serious style points.