Create A Great Labor Day Menu

Labor Day is about a lot of things, but very often the holiday is centered around food. The last major grilling day of the season requires more than traditional cookout fare. To create a great Labor Day Menu a great list of specials is a must. Here are a few items that can set your menu apart.

1. Organics  
Organic steaks are a stand out on any menu and while they may not be an every day item, creating a special healthy option for the holiday is a great way to test these premium products with your diners.

2. Fully Cooked Deboned Ribs In Sauce  

With an influx of customers who are enjoying the long weekend and looking for classic BBQ, Labor Day Menus need to be quick, easy and satisfying. Fully cooked items, like Bubba’s Q Deboned Ribs in Sauce (as seen on Shark Tank, Beyond the Tank and QVC) are simple and delicious. Plus, they save time in the kitchen!

3. Seafood for the Grill   

Hearty fish like Salmon or Cobia are great Labor Day items. They add dimension to the menu and create options for nutrition focused diners. They cook quickly and take well to simple seasoning and marinades.

Cook up these different and delectable items and enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Has Burger King Created New Trend In Food Marketing?

Anyone who follows Burger King on Twitter is familiar with the hilarious, yet off-color nature of their new Offensively Spicy campaign for Fiery Chicken Fries. From curse words to innuendos, Burger King is pushing the envelope in food marketing.

A snapshot of Burger King's Twitter Feed

A snapshot of Burger King’s Twitter Feed

But with a ridiculous, though funny series of #HotterThan tweets and mock conversations featuring Fiery Chicken Fries, the brand has brought a very serious question to light. How far is too far with food marketing?

The food industry has always had a sensual image and the words used in product descriptions, ad campaigns and public communications often toe the line between sexy and scandalous. Burger King’s campaign is certainly doing just that.

What do you think of Burger King’s Offensively Spicy campaign and Shock Marketing in general?

3 Great Sides For T-Bone Steak

shutterstock_145058524While the T-Bone will be the focal point of any steakhouse dinner, pairing it with the right side dish is essential to creating the perfect meal. If you’re unsure what to serve with this bold and delicious cut, try these 3 great sides for T-Bone steaks with recipes from our chefs at Rastelli Market Fresh.

Macaroni and Cheese

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups milk
  • 5 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Cooking Instructions:

Bring a large bowl of salted water to a boil. Add the elbow macaroni and cook according to the package’s instructions. Rinse and drain the pasta and return the pot to the stove on low heat. Combine the remaining ingredients and stir until the cheese and butter have melted.

Parmesan Asparagus

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Break off the ends of the asparagus spears and discard. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Arrange the asparagus on the baking sheet and coat it with olive oil. Sprinkle the asparagus with the parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the cheese starts to brown.

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

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Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds red potatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley leaves, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instruction

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the potatoes on a foil-lined baking dish. Mix together the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the potatoes. Sprinkle the potatoes with Parmesan cheese. Bake the potatoes for about 30 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Garnish the potatoes will parsley and serve.

How to Prepare Red Snapper

Named for their snapping teeth, Gulf Red Snapper can be found in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and adjacent Atlantic waters. As the name suggests, it is a red colored fish growing to as much as 35 lbs; however, the most desirable sizes are between 1 and 5 lbs.

Red Snapper is a delicious and somewhat controversial fish that is great for fine dining, upscale pubs and taverns as well as seafood focused restaurants.

How can fish be controversial? Red Snapper prefer rocky ledges, ridges and reefs closer to the ocean floor in the southeast Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico; making them a difficult catch both for game and commercially.

Though Red Snapper are found in large schools of uniformly sized fish, which is ideal for restaurant application, they are less commercially available due to permit restrictions and changes in the quota system.

Because this highly regarded and valuable fish is often subject to fraud, Red Snapper is commonly sold skin-on to ensure true species identification. This is a lean yet soft and tender with a pinkish tone when fresh and pinkish-white when cooked.

Skin On Red Snapper

Skin On Red Snapper

How to Prepare Red Snapper:

Perfect for grilling whole or as fillets it is incredibly versatile. If you don’t choose to serve in sushi or ceviche applications, you can pan fry or steam Red Snapper with capers, chives, cilantro, grapefruit, guava, lemon, lime, mango, marjoram, mint, olive oil, orange, tarragon or white wine.