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Study: Yes, Americans Really Love Pizza

The top food Americans choose if they could only eat one food for the rest of their lives is pizza—for a second year in a row. The second annual nationwide survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of California Pizza Kitchen celebrates National Pizza Month this October by revealing a whole new set of fun facts all about pizza.

3 Types of Spice Trending this Season

Fragrant and warming, the seasonal spices of fall and winter easily spark memories, and chefs are constructing full-service menus to complement that nostalgia with novelty. Classic spices alongside surprising new elements not only enhance a dish’s complexity, but also give it the individuality customers seek.

US Foods' Fall Lineup Makes Food Fashionable

Fashion is an industry famous for its natural-selection style of doing business. One day you’re in, the next day you’re out, as Heidi Klum preaches during “Project Runway.” The notion isn’t all that different from the one facing restaurants, says Stacey Kinkaid, senior director of product development at US Foods.

5 Ways to Harness the Shareable Trend

Coinciding with the rise in communal dining culture, small plates and appetizers are not only becoming more unconventional, but these complex, composed dishes are outshining entrees. Smaller portions that pack a punch are offering diners the chance to try multiple dishes and chefs the chance to flex their creativity.

Winning Plant-Forward Menus

Chefs around the world are putting more plants on the menu, no longer just as inventive sides and inspired small plates—as the main event. Entrees like cauliflower steaks, elegantly sautéed mushrooms, and flavorfully seasoned legumes are leading the way.

What's Trending in Fall Fruits

Meatier, heartier fall fruits are finding the spotlight on full-service restaurant menus this fall, transforming from dish accent to star. “The trend is lighter, healthier fall meals, like duck paired to sautéed persimmons,” says Maiki Le, executive chef at Los Angeles’ Upstairs 2.

Plant-Based Foods Growing at 20 Percent, Data Shows

The Plant Based Foods Association, a trade association representing 114 of the nation’s leading plant-based food companies, released new data showing robust sales in the plant-based foods industry with dollar sales growth of 20% over the last year and sales topping $3.

6 Ways to Mac ’n Cheese

Beyond what mom made, chefs are transforming this creamy, gooey dish into something imaginative. Here are a few thought-provoking mac ingredients crafting comforting, cheesy bites. 1. ChocolateMixing in international influence, chef and owner of Boston’s The Lower Depths, Brian Poe, creates depth through Taza: a Massachusetts-made chocolate with Mexican ingredients.

What's New in Barbecue: Pitmasters Share Top Trends

Full-service barbecue menus balance long-established roots with creativity in an effort to honor history while also staying relevant. Plates still represent traditional methods, but pitmasters are experimenting with what can be smoked while attending to diners’ changing desires.