Incorporating a specialty cheese into a favorite dish adds value for restaurant patrons. Pairing basic pantry items with distinctive specialty cheeses are sure to captivate customers. Add intrigue to the menu with these trendy and irresistible ideas:
1. White Bean Hummus and Stella® Aged Asiago Cheese Flatbread
A traditional Italian favorite, with flavors ranging from mild to robust depending on age.
2. Honey Caramel Pears with Salemville® Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese
Award-winning Salemville® Gorgonzola cheese made in small batches by Wisconsin farmers and aged for 90 days.
3. Grilled Asparagus Salad topped with Maitre D’® Goat Cheese
Soft, snow-white and fresh-tasting Goat cheese produced in the United States.
4. Greek Nachos topped with Nikos® Feta Cheese
A mild American cow’s milk Feta with creamy, tangy notes.
5. Brie Fondue with Joan of Arc® Brie Cheese
A classic French-style soft cheese with rich, earthy umami flavor that is mild when the cheese is young, but becomes more pungent as the cheese ages.
6. Pasta Arrabbiata with il Giardino® Parmigiano Reggiano®
Made by hand in exactly the same manner as seven centuries ago and one of the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (D.O.C.) name-controlled cheeses of Italy.
According to Chicago-based Datassential, menu incidence of specialty cheeses increased by as much as 41% from 2008-2012. Looking at aged Cheddar, Havarti, Gouda and Manchego alone, the percentage of restaurants menuing one or more of those varieties has grown by at least 20% and as much as 41% since 2008.
“Although our reach spans the globe, Saputo’s success is directly attributed to our way of operating in many ways as if we were still the small, family-owned cheesemaking business that the Saputo family started in Montreal, Canada more than 60 years ago,” says Sean Mason, Marketing Manager for foodservice for the Cheese Division (USA), “the name Saputo has become synonymous worldwide with the high quality cheeses available in the marketplace thanks in part to our commitment to excellence.”
Each of Saputo’s more than 50 authentic specialty cheeses has its own lush history. Saputo invites U.S. chefs and operators to “Experience the Authentic Difference” of Saputo’s cheeses for themselves and their customers. For more information about Saputo’s singularly impressive portfolio of Old-World-style cheeses produced domestically and around the world, as well as the history and global impact of this respected and revered family-run business,
Saputo produces, markets, and distributes a wide array of products of the utmost quality, including cheese, fluid milk, yogurt, dairy ingredients and snack-cakes. Saputo is the 12th largest dairy processor in the world, the largest in Canada, the third largest in Argentina and among the top three cheese producers in the United States. Our products are sold in more than 50 countries under well-known brand names such as Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong, Baxter, Dairyland, Danscorella, Dragone, DuVillage 1860, Friendship, Frigo Cheese Heads, Great Midwest, King’s Choice, Kingsey, La Paulina, Neilson, Nutrilait, Ricrem, Salemville, Stella, Treasure Cave, hop & go, Rondeau and Vachon. Saputo Inc. is a publicly traded company whose shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SAP”.