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Why What Chefs Want’s Prep Kitchen Produce is a Game-Changer for Your Restaurant

By | Catering, Chef's Feed, Fruit, Produce, Vegetables

In the busy world of professional kitchens, time and precision are everything. Imagine a service that saves you time, reduces labor costs, and guarantees consistent quality. That’s exactly what What Chefs Want’s Prep Kitchen Produce offers. Here’s why using our Prep Kitchen products is a no-brainer for your kitchen and how it can positively impact your operation. And don’t just take it from us – hear from some of our chefs below!

Hand-Cut From Our Kitchen to Yours

At What Chefs Want, we understand the pressure of running a professional kitchen. Our Prep Kitchen Produce is designed to alleviate some of that pressure by providing top-quality, hand-cut produce. With state-of-the-art technology and skilled craftsmanship, we ensure that you get 100% yield from our products, significantly reducing your prep time and labor costs.

Save on Labor Costs

Labor costs are a significant concern for any kitchen. According to recent industry reports, the average cost to find, hire, and train a new restaurant employee is around $3,500. By using our Prep Kitchen Produce, you can save substantially on these costs. Our experienced prep staff expertly handle all your produce preparation needs, allowing your kitchen staff to focus on other essential tasks like cooking and plating. This streamlined approach not only saves money but also improves overall kitchen efficiency.

Roger Mills, Director of Purchasing for The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Nashville, shares his experience:

“Purchasing the peeled Yukon potatoes equals a savings of about four man-hours per day for the year. This equals over 1400 hours in a year. The labor cost savings based on the above hours saved is obviously substantial. The part that is hard to put a dollar amount on is how those saved hours are then spent. Not needing to prep one item allows a chef to spend time elsewhere in the kitchen to ensure we are producing the highest quality dishes for our guests.”

In today’s challenging employment market, finding and retaining skilled kitchen staff can be particularly tough. And when you have that staff, you want to utilize their skills to the best of their ability. With What Chefs Want’s Prep Kitchen, you reduce the need for highly skilled kitchen staff to do small prep tasks and focus on the important things.

Less Waste, More Savings

One of the biggest challenges in any kitchen is dealing with waste. On average, restaurants waste about 4-10% of their total food purchases, translating to thousands of dollars lost each year. With our precise produce preparation, you get 100% usable product every time. This not only helps in reducing food waste but also saves money on disposal costs. There’s no need to worry about hauling away food scraps; we take care of everything, providing you with a fixed cost solution that makes financial sense.

Our meticulous prep work ensures that every piece of produce is utilized, minimizing waste and maximizing your profit margins. Mills praises the products he receives from Prep Kitchen, “WCW understands that the ingredients they send us need to be of the highest quality and therefore our chefs can trust the products they send us.”

Customized for Your Needs

Our Prep Kitchen offers short lead times and product cut to order, ensuring you get exactly what you need when you need it. We have over 30 popular items always in stock, so your basics are covered without any lead time. Plus, our produce is washed and ready to eat, saving you even more prep time. Whether you need diced onions, peeled carrots, or any other prepped produce, we’ve got you covered. Mills highlights this saying, “We use Yukon potatoes regularly. It’s a staple on our breakfast menu in our lobby 3-meal restaurant. We also sporadically use other items such as shredded carrots, diced onions, and tomatoes, and like items on an as-needed basis for our banquet operation.”

Customization is key in a professional kitchen, and we understand that each restaurant has unique needs. If you have specific produce prep needs in bulk portions consistently, reach out to your customer advocate to see if a customized prep item is an option.

Consistency and Predictability

Inconsistent cuts and prep are not ideal for any chef. Our Prep Kitchen Produce guarantees uniformity in every dish with consistent cuts and preparation. This not only ensures the quality of your dishes but also prolongs the shelf life of our products. You can count on our produce to be reliable and predictable, which is crucial for maintaining the high standards your customers expect.

According to industry studies, consistency in food preparation can lead to a 20% increase in customer satisfaction. Our Prep Kitchen ensures that every dish you serve meets the same high standards, every time. Mills adds, “We tried procuring a similar item from a competitor once upon a time. What we got was an inconsistent product that wasn’t acceptable to our chefs. Delivery was spotty and the product was not consistent in size from delivery to delivery. Since switching to WCW, we have gotten a consistent product weekly with little to no hiccups in the process.”

Peace of Mind with Food Safety

Food safety is paramount in any kitchen. Our third-party audited operations ensure that all our products are free from contamination and safe to use. With state-of-the-art technology in cleaning, cutting, safety, and packing, we provide you with consistent and safe products, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to focus on what you do best—cooking.

In the current landscape, where food safety concerns can make or break a business, having a trusted partner like What Chefs Want is invaluable. Our rigorous safety standards protect both your reputation and your customers.

Testimonials from Satisfied Chefs

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some of our satisfied chefs have to say about our Prep Kitchen Produce:

“I’ve been using What Chefs Want’s Prep Kitchen Produce for over ten years, starting with whole peeled carrots and expanding to diced celery and onions. Today, I source all our fresh-cut produce from Prep Kitchen. They’ve been true partners—always fresh, always on time, and never shorting us on products. Their reliability saves me time and energy, letting me focus on growing my business. I trust Prep Kitchen completely, and my business thrives because of them.”

Mike Caruso, Caruso Foods

“After meeting with our WCW sales rep and explaining our need and vision we were able to get the right product at the right price that greatly pleased our chefs. WCW truly understands what chefs want and they deliver.”

Roger Mills, The Joseph

Experience the Convenience and Efficiency Today

In the fast-paced environment of a professional kitchen, every second counts. What Chefs Want’s Prep Kitchen Produce is here to save you time, reduce your labor costs, and ensure consistent, high-quality produce every time. Experience the convenience and efficiency of our services today and see the positive impact on your kitchen.

With What Chefs Want’s Prep Kitchen Produce, you can focus on what truly matters—creating exceptional dishes and satisfying your customers. Let us handle the prep, so you can get back to cooking.

Learn More about Prep Kitchen here.

*All products may not be available in each region. Please check the app or reach out to your customer advocate for availability.

Transform Your Catering Presentation with Belix: Tips and Tools

By | Catering, Chef's Feed, Paper / To-Go, Staples

As a chef, you know that presentation can be just as important as flavor. Catering success often hinges on how well your dishes are presented. Whether it’s a casual happy hour or a sophisticated wedding reception, the right look can wow your guests and make your dishes even more unforgettable. Using stylish and practical presentation items can set your events apart.

Here are a few quick tips for catering presentation success:

Familiar Foods, New Presentations: Mini appetizers are a fun way to serve food, and guests love seeing familiar dishes in bite-sized portions. These manageable portions allow people to enjoy their food while easily carrying on conversations. Our small cubes and slanted cups are perfect for displaying miniature versions of your favorite dishes.

Serve It on a Stick: Skewers & picks are a fantastic way to present food. From fruit and desserts to hors d’oeuvres like mini Caprese kebobs, serving food on a stick adds a playful and practical element to your presentation.

Keep It Easy to Eat: Ensure your food is easy to eat without making a mess. Serving dishes in ways that prevent spills and drips will keep your guests’ fingers, clothes, and faces clean. Think tasting spoons or pinewood cones to keep it all contained.

Now, let’s explore how you can use some of our favorite catering items to impress your guests at every occasion.

Just a Taste

Bamboo Pick with Loop 4″ – item #90137

These 4″ bamboo knot food picks are essential for any event. They’re not just functional; they’re an eco-friendly choice that adds a touch of elegance to your presentations. Ideal for hors d’oeuvres or martini bars, these picks are perfect for skewering anything from cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls to cocktail olives and cheese cubes. Picture a tray of vibrant Caprese skewers or a martini bar with olives and twists, each stylishly held by these bamboo picks.

Asian Spoon 5″ – item #99640

These 5″ Asian spoons from Belix are a fantastic choice for serving small bites with sophistication. Made from high-quality clear plastic, they have the look of glass and the durability you need for busy events. Use them to serve items like seared scallops with a dab of citrus sauce or tiny portions of tuna tartare. Their deep spoon bowls can hold a bit of sauce, enhancing the flavor experience for your guests while staying mess-free.

Fork – Corn Resin 4.2″ – item #99628

These petite forks are made from corn resin, making them biodegradable and a great choice for environmentally friendly events. They are perfect for serving small bites such as mini meatballs, cheese samples, or tiny desserts like brownie bites. The sturdy construction ensures they can handle a variety of foods without breaking or bending.

Spoon Clear 4.2″- item #99638

The clear plastic petite taster spoons from Belix are perfect for sampling and tasting events. Use these spoons to offer samples of soups, sauces, or small bites like caviar with crème fraîche. Their clear design ensures that the focus remains on the food, making them ideal for showcasing colorful ingredients.

Pinewood Presentation

Pinewood Cone 7.1″ – item #98110

Belix’s pinewood cones are made from sustainable materials, making them perfect for eco-conscious events. These cones are versatile and can be used for canapés, appetizers, sides, or desserts. Imagine serving crispy tempura shrimp or a selection of artisanal cheeses and dried fruits in these natural, biodegradable cones. Their rustic look pairs beautifully with outdoor or nature-themed events.

Pinewood Boats –

item #98109 (2.8×2), item #98090 (4.5×2.6), item #98359 (6.7×3.3), item #98178 (8.7×4.1)

Belix’s pinewood boats are elegant, multi-purpose serving dishes that can make a statement at any event. Available in various sizes, these boats can be used for appetizers, sides, or even as unique dessert displays. Think of serving sushi rolls, antipasto assortments, or fruit salads in these natural wood boats. Their aesthetic appeal and functionality make them a hit at both casual and formal gatherings.

Modern Elegance

These items are made from polypropylene, a durable and versatile material that makes them an excellent choice for catering events. Polypropylene is known for its high resistance to chemicals, heat, and impact, ensuring that these cups can handle a variety of foods and settings without losing their integrity. Additionally, polypropylene is lightweight and easy to handle, making it convenient for both the server and the guest.

Bowl – Square Slanted 2.7oz – item #98079

The frosted translucent square slanted bowls from Belix are both reusable and recyclable, making them a sustainable choice for any event. These bowls are perfect for serving individual portions of salads, desserts, or appetizers. Imagine a delightful shrimp ceviche or a rich chocolate mousse served in these sleek, modern bowls. Their unique slanted design not only adds visual appeal but also makes it easy for guests to enjoy every bite.

Rectangle Cube – item #02952

The petite rectangle cubes from Belix are ideal for presenting a variety of small dishes. Their compact size and sleek design make them perfect for serving amuse-bouches, mini desserts, or savory bites. Use them to serve items like goat cheese and fig jam on toast points or mini tiramisu. These cubes add a touch of modern elegance to your food displays.

Slanted Cup 2.2oz – item #98080

Square Slanted Cup – item #98106

These slanted cups are made from recyclable materials and are designed to enhance the presentation of hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Their translucent appearance gives a contemporary look to any dish and you can choose between a squared off or rounded look. Perfect for serving small portions of salads, layered desserts, or appetizers like crab salad with avocado. The slanted design allows for easy access to every delicious layer. Imagine serving a refreshing gazpacho or a layered berry parfait in these elegant cups.

You can find these items & more at our “Love at First Bite – Catering Essentials” featured list on the app.

*All products may not be available in each region. Please check the app or reach out to your customer advocate for availability.

Summer Specialty Produce Chefs Need to Know About

By | Fruit, Produce, Salads, Vegan, Vegetables

Hey there, chefs! Ready to freshen up your summer menu with some of the most exciting produce around? We’ve got a lineup of in-season specialty produce items that are perfect for adding that wow factor to your dishes. From colorful squash blossoms to zesty finger limes, there’s something here to inspire everyone. Let’s check out what’s fresh and fabulous this season and explore some fun ways to use these special items in your kitchen.

Squash Blossoms (Kentucky) – (item #20614)

What Makes Them Special:

Squash blossoms are not only visually stunning but also incredibly versatile. These delicate flowers have a mild squash flavor and a unique, tender texture that can add a touch of elegance to any dish.

Menu Ideas:

Stuffed Squash Blossoms: Fill them with a mix of ricotta, herbs, and a hint of lemon zest, then lightly fry for a crispy appetizer.

Squash Blossom Tacos: Add them to your summer taco lineup with grilled corn, fresh avocado, and a tangy lime crema.

Squash Blossom Pizza: Top a thin crust pizza with mozzarella, squash blossoms, and a drizzle of pesto for a fresh summer twist.

Local Summer Zucchini Squash – (item #25609) & Local Summer Yellow Squash – (item #22666)

What Makes Them Special:

Both zucchini and yellow squash are staples of summer produce, known for their mild flavor and versatility. They can be used interchangeably or together to add color and variety.

Menu Ideas:

Grilled Zucchini and Yellow Squash: Simply marinate in olive oil, garlic, and herbs, then grill until tender. Serve as a side dish or as part of a summer salad.

Zucchini Noodles: Use a spiralizer to create zucchini noodles and toss with a light tomato and basil sauce for a refreshing pasta alternative.

Summer Squash Ratatouille: Combine zucchini and yellow squash with tomatoes, eggplant, and bell peppers for a vibrant, hearty dish.

Lacinato Kale (Indiana) – (item #20558) & Green Curly Kale (Indiana) – (item #21144)

What Makes Them Special:

Kale is a nutrient-dense leafy green that’s incredibly versatile. Lacinato kale, also known as dinosaur kale, has a slightly sweeter and more tender texture compared to the curly variety, which is robust and hearty.

Menu Ideas:

Kale Caesar Salad: Use either variety to create a classic Caesar salad with a twist. The hearty leaves hold up well to creamy dressings.

Kale Chips: Toss with olive oil and sea salt, then bake until crispy for a healthy, crunchy snack.

Sautéed Kale: Sauté with garlic and chili flakes as a side dish or mix into grain bowls for added texture and nutrition.

Finger Limes (California) – (item #40500)

What Makes Them Special:

Often referred to as “citrus caviar,” finger limes are known for their tiny, pearl-like vesicles that burst with tart, lime flavor. They add a unique texture and bright acidity to dishes.

Menu Ideas:

Seafood Garnish: Use finger lime pearls to top oysters, ceviche, or grilled fish for a pop of flavor and visual appeal.

Finger Lime Vinaigrette: Incorporate the pearls into a vinaigrette for salads to add a citrusy kick.

Cocktail Ingredient: Enhance your summer cocktails by adding finger lime pearls for a surprising burst of flavor.

Yellow Watermelons (California) – (item #0282) & Mixed Heirloom Melons (California) – (item #30163)

What Makes Them Special:

Yellow watermelons and heirloom melons offer a sweet, refreshing flavor and beautiful color variety. They’re perfect for adding a sweet note to savory dishes or simply enjoying on their own.

Menu Ideas:

Melon Salad: Combine yellow watermelon and mixed heirloom melons with fresh mint, feta cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

Melon Gazpacho: Blend with cucumber, lime juice, and a hint of jalapeño for a chilled summer soup.

Melon Skewers: Pair with prosciutto and basil for an easy, elegant appetizer.

Purple Ninja Radishes – (item #18104)

What Makes Them Special:

Purple Ninja radishes are strikingly vibrant with a peppery flavor that adds a bold touch to any dish. Their crunch and color make them a favorite for garnishes and salads.

Menu Ideas:

Radish Carpaccio: Thinly slice and arrange on a plate with olive oil, sea salt, and lemon zest.

Pickled Radishes: Quick-pickle for a tangy addition to tacos, sandwiches, or charcuterie boards.

Radish Butter: Blend with butter and herbs to create a flavorful spread for bread or grilled meats.

Fresh Rhubarb – (item #19280)

What Makes It Special:

Rhubarb’s tartness makes it a unique addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Its vibrant red stalks are a sign of spring and early summer.

Menu Ideas:

Rhubarb Compote: Cook down with sugar and ginger to serve over desserts, yogurt, or pancakes.

Rhubarb BBQ Sauce: Create a tangy sauce to glaze meats or use as a dipping sauce.

Rhubarb Chutney: Pair with cheese and charcuterie for a sweet and sour flavor contrast.

Baby Bunch Turnips – (item #20541)

What Makes Them Special:

These small, tender turnips have a mild, slightly sweet flavor. They’re versatile enough to be used raw or cooked and bring a delicate taste to summer dishes.

Menu Ideas:

Roasted Turnips: Toss with olive oil and thyme, then roast until caramelized for a simple side dish.

Turnip Slaw: Shred and mix with cabbage, carrots, and a tangy dressing for a refreshing slaw.

Turnip Puree: Blend cooked turnips with butter and cream for a silky-smooth puree to serve with roasted meats.

Pomegranates (Chile) – (item #10981)

What Makes Them Special:

Pomegranates add a burst of sweet-tart flavor and a vibrant red color to dishes. Their juicy seeds, or arils, are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.

Menu Ideas:

Pomegranate Glaze: Reduce the juice to create a glaze for roasted meats or vegetables.

Salad Topping: Sprinkle the seeds over salads for a pop of color and flavor.

Pomegranate Salsa: Mix with diced avocado, onion, and cilantro for a fresh salsa to serve with fish or chicken.

Local Rutabaga – (item #26942)

What Makes Them Special:

Rutabagas are root vegetables with a slightly sweet and earthy flavor. They’re often overlooked but can add a unique taste and texture to dishes.

Menu Ideas:

Mashed Rutabaga: Combine with potatoes for a twist on the classic mashed side dish.

Rutabaga Fries: Cut into sticks, toss with olive oil and spices, then bake until crispy.

Rutabaga Gratin: Layer with cream and cheese for a hearty, comforting side.

Local Green Cabbage – (item #07899)

What Makes Them Special:

Green cabbage is a crunchy, versatile vegetable that can be used raw or cooked. Its mild flavor makes it a great base for a variety of dishes.

Menu Ideas:

Cabbage Slaw: Mix shredded cabbage with carrots, red onions, and a tangy dressing for a refreshing side.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls: Fill leaves with a mixture of ground meat, rice, and spices, then bake in a tomato sauce.

Sautéed Cabbage: Cook with bacon and onions for a simple, flavorful side dish.

Local Squash Delicata – (item #20623)

What Makes Them Special:

Delicata squash has a sweet, nutty flavor and a tender skin that’s edible, making it easy to prepare and enjoy.

Menu Ideas:

Roasted Delicata Squash: Slice into rings, toss with olive oil and spices, then roast until caramelized.

Squash Salad: Combine roasted delicata with arugula, goat cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Stuffed Delicata Squash: Fill with a mixture of quinoa, cranberries, and nuts for a hearty vegetarian dish.

Local Squash Spaghetti – (item #0990)

What Makes Them Special:

Spaghetti squash is a unique variety that, when cooked, can be shredded into spaghetti-like strands. It’s a great low-carb alternative to pasta.

Menu Ideas:

Spaghetti Squash Marinara: Top cooked strands with marinara sauce and parmesan for a light, healthy main dish.

Spaghetti Squash Stir-Fry: Toss with veggies and a soy-ginger sauce for a quick and flavorful meal.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole: Mix with cheese and herbs, then bake for a comforting, cheesy side dish.


Summer’s bounty is here, and with these specialty produce items, the possibilities for creating fresh, vibrant dishes are endless. Incorporate these ingredients into your menu to offer your customers the best of what the season has to offer. Happy cooking!

*All products may not be available in each region. Please check the app or reach out to your customer advocate for availability.

The Gold Standard of Salmon: Exploring Copper River Salmon

By | Grilling Essentials, Seafood, What Chefs Want

When it comes to premium seafood, few names ignite as much excitement in the culinary world as Copper River Salmon. It’s return hails the kickoff to wild salmon season. Revered for its exceptional flavor, rich texture, and impressive nutritional profile, this Alaskan treasure has become a staple in the kitchens of top restaurants. Copper River King Salmon, has earned nicknames like “The Wagyu of Seafood” and “The King of King Salmons”. But what exactly makes Copper River Sockeye and King Salmon so special, and why are they so sought after by chefs around the globe? Let’s explore the world of Copper River Salmon and see how you can make it a star on your restaurant’s menu.

What Makes Copper River Salmon Unique?

Copper River Salmon hails from the pristine waters of the Copper River in Alaska, a place known for its challenging environment and frigid temperatures. These salmon must navigate over 300 miles of rugged terrain, requiring them to build up significant fat reserves. This arduous journey results in fish with extraordinarily high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, giving the salmon its rich, buttery texture and robust flavor that chefs and diners crave.

Additionally, the Copper River is one of the cleanest and most well-preserved ecosystems in the world. The cold, swift-flowing waters are free from industrial pollutants, ensuring that the salmon are not only delicious but also among the healthiest seafood options available. The combination of the river’s unique environmental conditions and the salmon’s strenuous journey results in a fish with a deep red flesh that is both firm and succulent, making it a standout choice for gourmet dishes.

Nutritional Powerhouse

Copper River Salmon isn’t just delicious; it’s also incredibly nutritious. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and essential amino acids, this salmon supports heart health, reduces inflammation, and boosts overall wellness. For health-conscious diners, highlighting these benefits can make Copper River Salmon an appealing choice.

Seasonality and Exclusivity

The Copper River Salmon season is short, typically lasting from mid-May to mid-June. This limited availability adds to its allure and prestige. When you add Copper River Salmon to your menu, you’re not just serving a dish; you’re giving your diners a rare and exclusive treat they won’t want to miss.

Selecting the Perfect Cut

When sourcing Copper River Salmon, freshness is paramount. Look for bright, firm flesh with a deep, vibrant color. The skin should be smooth and shiny, indicating the fish is fresh and of high quality. Whether you choose fillets or steaks, ensuring the salmon is fresh will enhance its natural flavors.

Available at What Chefs Want

We bring you the season’s first catch, flown directly from Alaska and into your kitchen within 48 hours of being caught. Our service model sets us apart: we offer competitive pricing and deliver six days a week, providing whole fish, fillets, and portions, specifically cut to suit your needs. Search Copper River in our ordering app or on our ordering platform.

*All products may not be available in each region. Please check the app or reach out to your customer advocate for availability.

Shrimp on a fiery grill

Father’s Day Grilling: Must-Haves for a Sizzling Summer Menu

By | Bacon, Beef, Gourmet, Grilling Essentials, Meats, Oysters, Pork, Produce, Seafood, What Chefs Want

Summer is almost here, and it’s grilling season! With Father’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect time for chefs to whip up an unforgettable grill-out menu. From fresh seafood to juicy meats, we’ve got the must-haves that will make your summer menu a hit. Ready to fire up the grill and impress your guests? Let’s check out some top picks and tips to make your summer grilling menu awesome.

Sizzling Seafood Selections

Verlasso Salmon Fillet (3-4lb – 48102)

Verlasso Salmon Fillets are perfect for a sophisticated yet straightforward summer dish. These fillets offer a rich, buttery flavor and a firm texture, making them ideal for grilling.

Sizzlin’ Tip: Marinate the salmon in a mix of bourbon, brown sugar, and a dash of soy sauce. Grill on medium heat to keep the inside moist and the outside crispy.

Mariblu Shrimp (16/20 Tail-on – 33190)

Mariblu Shrimp are a versatile addition to any grill menu. These tail-on shrimp are perfect for skewers or as a standalone dish. You can find a broad selection of sizes on our ordering site.

Sizzlin’ Tip: Using wooden skewers? Don’t forget to soak them in water for 30 minutes prior to grilling. As soon as the shrimp turn from clear to pink, they’re good to go. They’ll also curl into a C shape when they’re perfectly cooked—if they curl into a full circle, they’re overdone.

Connecticut Blue Point Oysters (48577) *

Fresh oysters on the grill can be a showstopper. Connecticut Blue Point Oysters have a sweet, salty flavor that pairs well with various toppings.

Sizzlin’ Tip: Place oysters on the grill with the cupped side down. The deeper shell down helps retain juices. Grill the oysters until they just start to open. Add a touch of garlic butter and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for a savory finish.

North Atlantic Scallops (Dry, U10 – 32502)

These large scallops are perfect for a quick sear on the grill. Their sweet, delicate flavor makes them a favorite for seafood lovers.

Sizzlin’ Tip: Ensure the grill is scorching hot and cook the scallops for just 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve with a drizzle of lemon herb butter.

Shuckman’s Salmon Burger (10 Lb – 02940)

For a unique twist, try the Shuckman’s Salmon Burger. These patties are packed with flavor and are a healthier alternative to traditional burgers.

Sizzlin’ Tip: Serve the salmon burgers on a Rotella Brioche Bun (14618) with a dollop of Duke’s Mayo (98048) and some fresh Better Burger Leaf Lettuce (02352).

Mouth-Watering Meats

Black Hawk Wagyu Burger Patties

These Wagyu burger patties (6oz (30179) and 8oz (30180) sizes), are the epitome of indulgence. Their marbling ensures a juicy, flavorful burger every time. Trust us, these sliders win side-by-side taste tests every single time.

Sizzlin’ Tip: Season the patties with bourbon smoked salt (96002) before grilling. Serve with a slice of mild cheddar (91254) on a gluten-free burger bun (90715) for a premium offering.

Broadbent Bacon (Sliced 5 Lb Pack – 95032)

What is Father’s Day without bacon? Plus, crispy, smoky bacon is a must-have for any grill menu. Broadbent Bacon adds a rich, savory flavor that complements a variety of dishes.

Sizzlin’ Tip: Grill bacon strips until crispy and use them to top burgers or wrap around scallops or shrimp prior to grilling to up the flavor to new levels.

Berkwood Frenched Pork Chop (16/12oz – 00832)

These pork chops are perfect for grilling, with a rich flavor that pairs well with summer herbs and spices. Seriously, Berkwood Chops will have your customers RAVING!

Sizzlin’ Tip: Marinate the pork chops in a mix of Dijon mustard (98909) and fresh rosemary. Grill until the internal temperature reaches 145°F, and let rest before serving.

Freedom Run Farms Lamb Sliders (64/2oz – 49980)

Lamb sliders offer a gourmet twist to traditional burgers. Their rich, earthy flavor is sure to impress. You can learn more about what makes Freedom Run Farm lamb so special here.

Sizzlin’ Tip: Serve the lamb sliders on Unibake Brioche Slider Buns (90720) with a smear of whiskey shoyu (23207) for a unique flavor combination.

Marksbury Bratwurst (8Lb Case – 47987)

Grilled bratwurst is a summer classic. These sausages are flavorful and perfect for a casual yet delicious dish.

Sizzlin’ Tip: Serve the bratwurst on Rotella Poppy Seed Hot Dog Buns (14622) with a side of spicy French fries (07739). How many different ways can you top a brat? Get creative!

Top it Right

Sliced Tomatoes (2/5Lb – 50008)

Better Burger Leaf Lettuce (10Lb Case – 02352)

Yellow Onions Slabs – (5Lb Case – 22954)

These fresh produce items are perfect for adding a crisp, fresh element to any grilled dish.

Mild Cheddar Slices – (6x24oz – 91254)

Duke’s Mayo – (4/1 Gal – 98048)

Dijon Mustard – (2x11LB – 98909)

Sir Kensington Ketchup – (4/148oz – 02817)

Bourbon Smoked Salt (18oz Shaker – 96002)

Hundreds of ways to top a burger! Search our gourmet, dairy and staple items. You never know when inspiration will strike!

Essentials

*NEW ITEM* Prime 6 Charcoal (22Lb Case – 34284) and Prime 6 Fire Logs (9 Log Case – 34285)

For the perfect grilling experience, Prime 6 Charcoal and Fire Logs provide a clean, efficient burn that enhances the flavor of your grilled items. The high heat and long burn times means you can reduce the amount of wood or charcoal you use each service, saving you money.

Sizzlin’ Tip: Use these products to maintain consistent heat and make manning the grill an easier experience.

With these top-quality ingredients and expert tips, your restaurant’s Father’s Day and summer grill-out menu will surely impress. Happy grilling, chefs!

*All products may not be available in each region. Please check the app or reach out to your customer advocate for availability.

From Our Kitchen to Yours: Celebrating Mother’s Day with Family Recipes

By | Baking, Breads, Desserts, Meats, Snack Foods, Vegan, Vegetables, What Chefs Want

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the incredible women who’ve shaped our lives, and what better way to honor them than through the universal language of food? At What Chefs Want, we’re paying tribute not just to our mothers, but to the cherished recipes they’ve passed down through generations—dishes that have brought comfort, joy, and togetherness to family tables.

Our team has lovingly compiled a collection of their own mothers’ and grandmothers’ recipes, each one filled with the flavors and memories that make this day so special. From heartwarming soups to decadent desserts, these recipes are more than just meals; they are a testament to the love and care that mothers around the world pour into their cooking. Join us as we share these personal culinary treasures, celebrating the wonderful women behind them.

Rita’s Excellent Carrot Cake

Submitted by Zach J., Managing Partner, Colorado

  • #20492 – Carrots
  • #93209 – Pure Vanilla Extract
  • #15065 – Crushed Pineapple in Natural Juice
  • #91160 – Cream Cheese

Lynn’s Chicken Salad

Submitted by Sarah R., Chief Marketing Officer

“Mom always made plenty of this to ensure there were leftovers! We’d happily and quickly eat it for days. It was quick and easy for her to make and for us to enjoy for several meals thereafter.”

  • #97794 – Duke’s Mayonnaise
  • #90468 – Large Baked Croissants – Ghyslain
  • #20231 – Bibb Lettuce
  • #97379 – Apple Cider Vinegar

Nonnie’s Sun Pickles

Submitted by Sarah B., Marketing

“Pickles have been at the center of so many fond memories: from popping open a jar with my mom to snack on in the middle of a busy day, to making pickles surrounded by the ladies in my family. Pictured here is my sweet Grandma, affectionately known by the kids as Nonnie, passing down her pickle making wisdom to my oldest daughter.”

  • #20052 – Pickling cucumbers
  • #40008 – Fresh Dill
  • #70121 – Peeled Garlic

Maureen’s Cinnamon Pecan Yeast Rolls

Submitted by Lauren C., Inside Sales

My mother remembers the mornings of chaos watching her mother try to keep order as her three rambunctious brothers wrestled in the kitchen and my mother and her older sister’s eagerness to learn the process from their mother. Her mother would be shouting, “No running and wrestling in my kitchen, take it elsewhere” and most importantly “Close the garage door, can’t have any cold drafts as the yeast won’t rise”! To say the least, her blood pressure was on the rise!  After each step of the process and seeing the ending results, my mother remembers it being all well worth it! My mother carries all of these same feelings and memories, knowing that her mom and sister are present with her (even though they are no longer with us) gets her through this every time year after year.”

  • #95322 – Pecans – pieces
  • #98370 – Yeast – active dry
  • #97025 – Cinnamon – ground
  • #99317 – Sugar – granulated

Sandy’s / Good Enough to Eat Vegetarian Chili

Submitted by Anna H., Program Director, Local Foods

“Good Enough to Eat is a wonderful restaurant in New York City’s upper West Side where my mom’s brother decamped to as a longtime server when he left Cincinnati as an aspiring actor. Via this cookbook and a few visits there, a NYC restaurant’s family-style meals merged with our favorites, too. The veggie chili is a special one that my mom makes, and it really benefits from frying the spices first. It is absolutely perfect for local summer veg, so it’s perfect for my family’s continuing history of merging farming and restaurant life together.”

  • #20058 – Eggplant
  • #20601 – Yellow Squash
  • #20803 – Red Bell Pepper
  • #20801 – Green Bell Pepper
  • #70015 – Red Onion – Diced
  • #31757 – Smoked Paprika Flakes – Sweet

Elaine’s French Onion Soup

Submitted by Lauren K, Marketing

“My Grandy made the absolutely most amazing French onion soup and it is one of the very few recipes that we have left after she died. I have memories of my sister and I in my kitchen, tears running down our cheeks, slaving over slicing those onions as thinly as possible to make Grandy proud.”

  • #70001 – Yellow onions
  • #96103 – Beef base
  • #95212 – Dijon mustard
  • #91275 – Swiss cheese

Cheryl’s Cranberry Caramel Date Bars

Submitted by Amy R., Sales, Colorado

“Cheryl sends my wife and I these Caramel bars every Christmas and they are by far, the thing I look forward to most during the holiday season!”

Dee’s Spicy Chicken Tomato & Garlic Soup

Submitted by Megan D., Marketing

“My mom always made this soup any time someone in our family was sick and swore by its healing abilities. To this day, any time I have a cold, all I want is this soup!”

  • #31674 – Chicken stock
  • #00923 – Chicken thighs
  • #97032 – Cumin
  • #99203 – Lime juice

*All products may not be available in each region. Please check the app or reach out to your customer advocate for availability.

Beyond the Bean – Tips For Coffee Shop Success

By | Beverages, Coffee, Coffee Shop, Dairy, Grab & Go, Local

Running a successful coffee shop is no walk in the park—it’s a grind. To stand out from the competition, you need to brew up some unique ideas that capture your customers’ attention. One way to do this is by focusing on high-quality, unique ingredients that make your coffee shop the talk of the town. Here’s a breakdown of how you can use ingredients to bean the best around (pun intended).

Offer a Diverse Range of Non-Dairy Milks

Offering non-dairy milks is no small coffee feat. It’s about catering to vegan customers, those with dietary restrictions, and those that just want to stay on top of coffee trends, so your coffee shop is welcoming to everyone. Almond milk brings a nutty flavor, coconut milk offers a sweet twist, and oat milk is rich and creamy. By giving your customers a latte choices, you show that you’re serious about providing a tailored coffee experience.

  • #98291 – Almond Milk
  • #34119 – Califia Almond Milk
  • #2154 – Coconut Milk
  • #4191 – Califia Oat Milk
  • #93048 – Soy Milk

Embrace Local and Organic Dairy

If you’re udderly committed to quality, consider embracing local and organic dairy products. Sourcing from local farms ensures your dairy is fresh and supports the community, while organic options appeal to the health-conscious crowd. Featuring products like milk and cream from nearby sources gives your coffee shop a wholesome feel. It’s a moo-ving way to show your dedication to quality.

 OH & KY

  • #23275 – Chaney’s KY Whole, 4/GAL
  • #34025 – Legacy KY Whole, 4/GAL
  • #23258 – Snowville OH 2%, 9/64OZ
  • #18667 – Swallow Hill OH Whole, 4/GAL
  • #23299 – Chaney’s KY Chocolate, 9/Half GAL

COLORADO

  • #20702 – Morning Fresh CO 1%, 1 GAL
  • #20352 – Morning Fresh CO Whole, 1 GAL
  • #19815 – Morning Fresh CO Chocolate, 1 GAL
  • #24505 – Royal Crest 2% Half Gals, 6CT
  • #19821 – Organic Valley Whole, 4/1GAL

Take it to the next level: Make sure you are telling your coffee fans where your milk comes from. Think about including a map or sign to introduce the herd producing the milk you source.

Experiment with Flavored Syrups and Spices

Flavored syrups and spices are a great way to keep your coffee menu brewing with excitement. Get creative with chai, ginger, lavender, and pomegranate syrups. These can add a shot of flavor to your drinks, giving customers a unique experience every time they order. Seasonal spices like cinnamon and nutmeg can make your coffee shop the hottest spot when the weather gets chilly, whereas lavender or strawberry can keep it fresh in the spring. With over 45 flavors, Monin has options from Almond to White Chocolate and everything in between to really get your creativity going.  

Take it to the next level: Create unique spice blends for your lattes and cappuccinos, drawing inspiration from cuisines around the world. You can even offer “world tour” coffee drinks, each featuring a different cultural twist, keeping your menu as fresh as your coffee.

Encourage your patrons to come up with your next big flavor combo with a contest to recommend the next creative drink!

  • #97854 – Chai
  • #97849 – Ginger
  • #97883 – Lavender
  • #97880 – Pomegranate
  • #97831 – Swiss Chocolate

Search “MONIN” on the app for their 45+ flavors!

Looking for inspo? Monin has hundreds of recipes on hand for creative coffee and tea recipes using their flavors!  

Curate an Extensive Tea Selection

Tea is another brew-tiful way to stand out. A diverse tea selection appeals to a wider audience, and offering everything from classic black tea to herbal blends creates more reasons for customers to visit. Consider featuring local and organic teas to boost your shop’s sustainability cred. This way, even if someone isn’t feeling a cup of joe, they can still steep into something delightful.

Take it to the next level: Offer a “tea flight” where customers can sample a selection of teas, much like a wine tasting. Or have a special teatime each day with finger sandwiches, scones and tea cookies available as a platter.

  • #23304 – Matcha Powder, 100gram
  • #99633 – Blueberry Hibiscus, 50CT
  • #99651 – Chamomile Medley, 50CT

OH/KY/TN/IL/IN

  • #22704 – Bluegrass Breeze, 48/1OZ
  • #99588 – Tiger Spice Chai, 4LB
  • #99348 – Masala Chai Concentrate, 12/32OZ
  • #99532 – Peach Blossom, 1LB
  • #97990 – Iced Classic Black Tea, 24/1GAL

COLORADO

  • #19525 – Chai Concentrate, 6/32OZ
  • #23503 – Colorado Green Tea, 50CT
  • #23502 – Colorado Chamomile, 50CT
  • #23487 – Colorado Iced Hibiscus, 12/12OZ
  • #99634 – Early Grey, 50CT
  • #99633 – Blueberry Hibiscus, 50CT

Have a Variety of Delicious Grab & Go Pastries and Food Items

There is no need to have a full kitchen to show that your coffee shop has the recipe for success. Consider curating specialty baked goods like muffins, croissants and other pastries baked fresh and brought to you by What Chefs Want. By going the extra mile with delicious options you’ll have customers buzzing with excitement about your shop.

Take it to the next level: Make sure to include gluten free and dairy free options for your guests who may appreciate the extra care for their dietary restrictions.

  • #90468 – Croissant – Ghyslain
  • #95776 – Macarons – Ghyslain
  • #18938 – Grandola Granola – Ellas – GF
  • #90246 – Rolled Wafer Cookies
  • #33997 – Yumbana Chocolate Chip Cookies – GF
  • #33986 – Yumbana Blueberry Muffins – GF

Prioritize Sustainability and Eco-Friendliness

Many customers prioritize sustainability and eco-friendliness when choosing where to spend their money. Set yourself apart by using compostable cups, lids, and utensils. Offer incentives for customers who bring their reusable cups, and implement recycling and composting programs. Share your sustainability efforts with customers to show your commitment to being responsible stewards of the environment.

  • #99381 – Compostable Eco Cup 12OZ, 1000CT
  • #99382 – Compostable Eco Cup 16OZ, 1000CT
  • #99303 – Compostable Eco Lid 10-24OZ, 1000C

With these tips, you can create a coffee shop that’s the cream of the crop. Whether it’s through specialty drinks, carefully curated milks, or delicious pastries, the key is to serve up something unique that keeps customers buzzing. With the right combination of quality and creativity, your coffee shop will be steaming ahead of the competition in no time.

And of course – if you are looking for even more coffee shop essentials, search COFFEE on the app or ordering website to see the hundreds of options available, including many of the everyday essentials that you need.

  • #98206 – Filters, 2GAL, 500CT
  • #99094 – Wooden Stirrer 7″, 5000CT
  • #99319 – Espresso Cleaner, 12/20OZ
  • #99160 – Hot Paper Cup 16OZ, 1000CT
  • #99095 – Hot Lid 12-20OZ, 1000CT
  • #10584 – Cold Cup Sip Lid 12-24OZ, 1000CT

*All products may not be available in each region. Please check the app or reach out to your customer advocate for availability.

Taste & Class: A Tradition of Quality

By | Baking, Finishing Oil, Gourmet, Mustards, Oils and Vinegars, Olive Oil, Staples, Vinegars

For chefs, the quality and source of ingredients are critical. At Taste & Class, led by Deborah Abramoff and her father Thierry Abramoff, this principle is taken seriously. As the third and fourth generations of their family running the business, they continue a long-standing tradition of excellence, providing top-of-the-line saffron, vanilla, vinegars, olives and mustards. We caught up with Thierry to hear about the company’s commitment to exceptional ingredients, its rich family heritage, and the passion behind their work.

Let’s start with your family history. How has your heritage shaped Taste & Class?

Thierry: In 1928 my grandfather left everything behind in Russia and moved to Paris. Following the move, he took his passion and curiosity around different kinds of food and opened a grocery, soon growing the business to three stores. It was a true family business and everyone was on deck, my grandfather, grandmother, and the kids.

In elementary school I grew up playing in our huge family warehouse with my grandfather and my father.  This is where my knowledge of all the products started and where this business was ingrained in me as a person.

Our business is a legacy that has been passed down through generations. Each family member who joins the business is steeped in our history, learning about the intricate details of our products from a young age, just as I did. This continuity ensures that the knowledge and passion for our products are preserved.

So you always knew you’d be a part of the family business?

Thierry: Yes, I officially joined the business in 1969. In the in the daytime, I was a warehouse man. At night, I was going to law school. And you know, after spending time around attorneys, I told my father I’d rather be an honest businessperson than an attorney.

In 1999, I moved to the United States and began to rebuild Taste & Class here. But you know, it was really rebuilding myself and becoming part of this great country, which soon became my country. So, I pledge allegiance to the flag. And I’m proud of it!

In 2006 my daughter Deborah joined the company as the 1st female generation to lead Taste & Class, and her two sisters joined her several years later.

What makes Taste & Class stand out in the industry?

Thierry: Our dedication to authenticity and quality is unparalleled. We don’t just sell products; we connect with their origins. We work with our suppliers as a team. Next week, Deborah will be traveling to Spain to ensure our saffron’s quality and sustainability firsthand. We’re not just maintaining standards; we’re actively improving them, ensuring that our chefs always receive the best.

Our products are premium quality and we have large inventory, which means there is no lead time for chefs and no product shortages.

How do you maintain the high standards of your products?

Thierry: With every order we put our reputation and your trust at stake. Every pallet is important. Every product we send out is a testament to our reputation. We painstakingly ensure that each batch meets our quality controls. This might seem excessive to some, but to us, it’s about respecting our products and our clients. We have to be very, very, very picky to ensure full satisfaction to your chefs.

Finally, any message you would like to share with the chefs who use your products?

Thierry: Each order you place with us carries our family’s legacy and commitment. We appreciate your trust and aim to continue providing products that meet your high standards. Our goal is to be part of your kitchen’s success story.

Taste & Class Premium Products

Pure Spanish Saffron

This saffron’s strong coloring and fragrance means chefs can use a smaller quantity of this Pure Spanish Saffron. Higher yield means lowers cost per unit served.

Item #97129 – .25g

Item #97113 – 1 oz tin


Saffron is the most expensive spice, often referred to as edible gold.  Why is it so expensive? Saffron is derived from the stigmas of the Crocus sativus flower, commonly known as the saffron crocus. Each flower only produces three stigmas, which must be carefully picked by hand. It takes about 75,000 saffron crocus flowers to produce a single pound of saffron spice. There is a lot of adulterated saffron and even fake saffron on the market, so buying 100% pure saffron from a trusted source is incredibly important. 


Select Natural Greek Olives in Brine

Pitted Kalamata Olives – These olives are from the Kalamata region of Greece and are firm to medium soft/rich and fruity in flavor. 8.8 lb Item #95508 OR 8.8lb cs Item #98892

Pitted Country Mix Olives – A mix of Kalamata, Ionian green, Amfissa and Atlantic olives with spices. 8.8 lb tub Item #95503 OR 2/8.8lb cs Item #98905

Maître Pierre & Moutardier à Dijon Premium Mustards

Whole Grain Mustard – A pleasant and very sweet mustard that acquired its flavor as a result of the maceration of the whole mustard seeds in the cider vinegar. It marvelously accompanies white meats, and is also used for vinaigrettes. 7 oz jar Item #95106 / 12X7OZ CS Item #95213

11 lb tub Item #95107 / 2×11 lb cs Item #98910

Dijon Mustard – Characterized by its very high mustard seed content, this mustard assures a powerful and hot taste.7 oz jar Item #95212 / 12/7oz cs Item #95211

11 lb tub Item #95102 / 2×11 lb cs Item #98909

Gourmet Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Products

Vanilla Beans – Whole vanilla beans  – 8 oz pk item #97128 OR  2 count item #97127

Vanilla Paste – The convenience of extract with visible vanilla seeds. Made with a bourbon base.quart – Item #90227 OR 12 qt cs item #90550

Vanilla Extract – Pure vanilla extract, made with bourbon vanilla beans, ready to be added to baked goods, ice cream and any other application where the full flavor of vanilla is desired. quart Item #93209 OR 12 qt cs Item #93221

Vinegars

Taste & Class has French Clovis and Italian Antichi Colli full flavored vinegars, that masterfully enhance dishes. The higher quality of these vinegars leads to the ability to use less, therefore yielding a lower cost per unit served.

Aged Red Wine Vinegar: 7º

Produced with wines selected for their full bouquet and ruby color, the Red Wine Vinegar is aged 6 months to acquire its woody notes. Its full bouquet adds flavor to salads.

5L Item #97331 / 2/5L CS Item #97330

Raspberry Vinegar: 7º

Great Classic, adding the tannic strength of Red Wine Vinegar to the fruity sweetness of

Raspberry. This vinegar shines in seasoning of mixed salads, including fruit salads, and

deglazing calf’s livers, duck steaklets or gizzards.

2/5L Item #94128

Champagne Vinegar: 7º

The Champagne vinegar is a great Specialty of the Clovis range made with “vins de dégorgement” from Champagne wines. Its unique smoothness and its full bouquet make it an exceptional product on the market. It is appropriate for all types of seasonings, vinaigrettes and sauces.

5L JUG Item #97315 / 2/5L CS Item #98906

Tarragon Vinegar: 7º

In addition to White Wine Vinegar, a bouquet of Tarragon spreads its fragrances from Provence. It is the ideal vinegar for summer salads with tomatoes, olives or tuna. It is a perfect match with olive oil.

5L JUG Item #97302 / 2/5L CS Item #97391

White Wine Vinegar: 7º

Brilliant vinegar, very soft and fruity. It will enhance dishes of fish and seafood; Perfect to set amazing “sauces au beurre Blanc”.

5L JUG Item #97333 / 2/5L CS Item #98911

Normandy Apple Cider Vinegar: 5º

Only made from Normandy Cider. Classy vinegar to enhance chicken, pork and veal.

5L JUG Item #97379 / 2/5L CS Item #97378

Aged Sherry Vinegar: 7º

From Spanish Wines aged in oak barrels. Pairs wells with Walnut oil or Hazelnut oil for vinaigrettes.

5L JUG Item #97375 / 2X5L CS Item #97374

Red Balsamic Vinegar 6º

Boasts a subtle preference for acidity over sweetness. Ideal for salads, vinaigrette, and various dressings infusing an aromatic hit of sweetness into dishes.

2X5 LITER Item #98903 5 LITER EACH Item #97303

Antichi Colli Modena, Italy Balsamic Glazes

Fig Balsamic Glaze – Made with Balsamic vinegar of Modena PGI enriched with fig juice and Italian cooked grape must. No sugars added.12/8.25 OZ Item #23208

Truffle Balsamic Glaze – Made with Balsamic vinegar of Modena PGI and enriched with truffle aroma and Italian cooked grape must. No sugars added.12/8.45 OZ Item #23209

*All products may not be available in each region. Please check the app or reach out to your customer advocate for availability.

Talk Derby {menu} to Me: Celebrating Derby Tradition and Taste

By | Appetizers, Beef, Breads, Chocolate, Dairy, Desserts, Gourmet, Paper / To-Go, Seafood, Vegetables, What Chefs Want

What Chefs Want, founded and headquartered in Kentucky is proud to support Derby traditions for over 27 years! The Kentucky Derby is near and dear to us, but we believe the traditions and tastes of the Derby expand well beyond just the Kentucky borders. This year, whether you are jockeying for position among best Derby menu features or just want to celebrate from afar, our handpicked selections and ingredients are sure to impress your guests with a taste of true Kentucky spirit.

As Louisville gears up for the Kentucky Derby, the city comes alive with excitement and anticipation. Known not only for its fast horses but also for its distinctive culinary culture, the Kentucky Derby offers a perfect opportunity to showcase flavors and traditions. At What Chefs Want, headquartered right in the heart of Derby activities, we’re dedicated to providing chefs with high-quality, ingredients that reflect the rich heritage of this historic event.

Keep your eyes peeled for our BOLD RED ingredients. These are ingredients from Kentucky producers and vendors to showcase even more Kentucky tradition.

And They’re Off – Starters

Bourbon-Glazed Shrimp Skewers

Kick off the Derby festivities with these sweet and smoky skewers. The bourbon smoked sugar gives the shrimp a unique Kentucky twist, perfect for setting the culinary mood.

  • Shrimp – Mariblu 13/15 PDT/ON 5/2LB – 33189
  • Sugar – Bourbon Smoked 13oz Jar – 97222
  • Skewers – bamboo pick paddle 7″ – 98114

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

This miniature version of the classic Kentucky Hot Brown is a must for any Derby menu. These sliders feature juicy turkey and crispy bacon topped with a rich Swiss cheese sauce, all nestled in a soft brioche bun.

  • Turkey – Fischer farms Boneless, Skinless, Raw, Whole 4-5 CT – 33919
  • Bacon – Broadbent sliced KY – 5 lb pk – 95032
  • Tomatoes – heirloom 10 lb cs – 50014
  • Slider Buns – brioche 160/1.4 OZ – 90720
  • Swiss Cheese – shredded 10 lb bag – 91277

Kentucky Lamb Sliders with Mint Sauce

Offer your guests a taste of Kentucky’s pastoral heritage with these savory lamb sliders, enhanced by a fresh mint sauce that complements the rich flavors of the meat.

  • Lamb – 20z Freedom Run 64/2oz – 49980
  • Slider Buns – brioche 160/1.4 oz – 90720
  • Paprika – Bourbon Smoked 4.5lb tub – 97156
  • Yogurt – plain 4% greek 32 oz – 97999
  • Mint – fresh by the lb – 40018
  • Arugula – baby cleaned 1.5 lb bag – 20225

Main Courses that Win, Place or Show

Scallop and Corn Salad

This light and refreshing salad features plump scallops and sweet corn as the stars, with a tangy lime dressing that brightens the entire dish.

  • Scallops – u/8 dry domestic – 32713
  • Corn – fresh kernel 4/5 lb cs – 17043
  • Bell Pepper – red/grn dice 3/8″ 10lb – 17430
  • Jalapeno – diced 2/5 lb cs – 99933
  • Red Onion – diced 2/5 lb cs – 70015
  • Lime juice – Natalie’s 6/32oz cs – 99203

Pecan-Crusted Salmon with Sweet Tea Glaze

Nothing says “southern cooking” like sweet tea and pecans. This dish combines them with luxurious Ora King salmon for a main course that’s both innovative and deeply rooted in southern tradition.

  • Ora King salmon – Fillet S-On 3-4lb – 48083
  • Pecans – pieces raw 2 lb bag – 95322
  • Bread crumbs – panko fine 20 lb cs – 13002
  • Paprika – bourbon smoked 7 oz – 97082
  • Worcestershire – Bourbon Barrel aged 1 gal – 96121
  • Tea – Luzianne bag w/filt 32/3 oz cs – 02570

Kentucky Wagyu Smash Burger

A juicy Wagyu burger that captures the essence of high-quality Kentucky beef, served with a tangy dill pickle ketchup that adds an unexpected twist to each bite.

  • Black Hawk patty – 8 oz frzn – 30108
  • Brioche bun – Rotella – 4.25″ 4/12 CT – 14618
  • Cheese – American – 160 slice 4/5lb ca – 15472
  • Worcestershire – Bourbon Barrels Aged 1 Gal. – 96121
  • Mayonnaise – Duke’s 4/1 gal cs – 98048
  • Ketchup – Milo’s Dill Pickle 6/14 OZ – 22586

Lobster and Grits with Scallop Cream Sauce

Enhance your Derby menu with this luxurious take on a southern classic. The creamy grits and rich lobster are complemented by a delicate scallop sauce.

  • Lobster tail – 5/6oz Cold Water – 48421
  • Lobster stock – Stock Shop 10/2 lb – 24073
  • Grits – White Weisenberger 25 lb bag – 92206
  • Heavy cream – 36% 12/1qt cs – 26967

Beef Tenderloin with Henry Bain’s Sauce

This robust entrée features tender beef tenderloin paired with a unique, locally cherished Henry Bain’s sauce, delivering a taste of Kentucky history in every bite.

  • Beef Tenderloin – choice 5 & up case – 00089
  • Henry Bain’s Sauce – Bourbon Barrel Foods – 1 gal each – 21786
  • Parsley – micro 6 oz pk – 02937

Bits and Pieces: Side Dishes to Impress

Collard Greens

A staple in southern cooking, these collard greens are slow-cooked with smoked ham hocks and a hint of apple cider vinegar for a touch of sweetness.

  • Collard Greens – chopped 4/2.5lb cs – 20121
  • Ham Hock – smoked, frzn 10 lb avg – 00451
  • Chicken Broth – Stock Shop 4 lb tub – 31674
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Madhouse – 18694
  • Bourbon Black Pepper – Bourbon smoked – 7.5oz – 97093

Fried Okra

Crispy and golden, this fried okra is a crowd-pleaser. It’s dusted with a blend of cornmeal and flour seasoned with bourbon smoked paprika for a distinct flavor.

  • Okra – fresh, case – 20918
  • Buttermilk – whole fat 1/2 gal ea – 02550
  • Cornmeal – Weisenberger 25 lb bag – 92220
  • Flour – a/p Weisenberger 25 lb bag – 93311
  • Paprika – Bourbon smoked 4.5lb tub – 97156

Cheese Grits

Creamy and comforting, these cheese grits are made with rich butter and Emmenthal cheese, providing a perfect side dish that’s simple yet satisfying.

  • Grits – yellow Weisenberger 25 lb – 92219
  • Chicken Stock – Stock Shop 4/4 lb – 27262
  • Cheese – Emmenthal shredded 5-6lb – 91349
  • Butter – Beurremont 83% 36/1 lb cs – 93072

The Finish Line: Desserts

Derby Pie

A decadent dessert with a nutty, chocolatey filling, this pie is a beloved Kentucky tradition. It’s the perfect sweet treat to conclude your Derby celebration.

  • Pie Shell – 9″ deep frozen 20 ct cs – 90473
  • Pecans – pecans halves raw 2 lb bag – 95321
  • Chocolate chips – semisweet 2lb bag – 92130
  • Sugar – bourbon smoked 6x13oz jar – 97236
  • Vanilla Extract – pure, quart – 93209
  • Ready to Eat Derby Pie 9” (Item #16632) OR Derby Pie Sheets 8”x12” (Item #02921)

Bourbon Bread Pudding

Rich and custardy, with a hint of bourbon and tart cherries, this bread pudding is an ode to Kentucky’s favorite spirit and a fitting finale to your Derby menu.

  • Brioche Bread – Ghyslain 8 x 20 oz – 90479
  • Whole Milk – Chaneys whole 4/gal – 23275
  • Heavy Cream – 36% 12/1qt cs – 26967
  • Sugar – Bourbon smoked – 6x13oz jar – 97236
  • Brown Sugar – dark 24/1 lb cs – 22808
  • Dried Fruit – tart cherries 5lb bag – 93105

And we’re off to the races! With these menu ideas and premium ingredients from What Chefs Want, you’re all set to create a Kentucky Derby dining experience that’s as exciting as the races themselves. Celebrate this cherished tradition with flavors and producers that speak to the heart of Kentucky.

*All products may not be available in each region. Please check the app or reach out to your customer advocate for availability.

Mother’s Day Brunch: Menu Inspirations for Chefs

By | Beef, Beverages, Breads, Chocolate, Dairy, Desserts, Gourmet, Paper / To-Go, Seafood, Vegetables

Mother’s Day is that special time of year when we get to celebrate the incredible women in our lives. For chefs, it presents a unique opportunity to craft a menu that’s as memorable as the day itself. This Mother’s Day, why not refresh your brunch offerings with some inspired menu ideas that feature some favorite ingredients from What Chefs Want? We’ve gathered some brunch ideas that not only taste incredible but also pay homage to the love and care all mothers give.

Seafood: Brunch Edition

Elegant Bagel & Lox Tray:

Create a stunning bagel and lox tray featuring everything bagels & smoked salmon. Accompany with whipped cream cheese, capers, thinly sliced red onion, and a sprinkle of fresh dill. Allow guests to build their dream bagel, combining the smoky richness of salmon with the tangy bite of capers.

  • Frothy Monkey Everything Bagels (12/6 ct case CS – item #97926)
  • Kendall Brook Smoked Salmon (item #48725)
  • Great Lakes Cream Cheese (3 LB blk – item #91035)
  • Capers (Non-pariel 6/32 OZ case – item #98839)
  • Fresh Dill (1/4 LB – item #40038)

Crab Benedict:

Upgrade the classic Benedict with pasteurized Blue Lump Crab served on top of a toasted, artisanal baguette topped with a silky hollandaise sauce. It’s a luxurious twist on a brunch staple.

  • Blue Lump Crab (item #48206)
  • Ghyslain Baguette (18 Ct – item #90447)
  • Liquid Whole Eggs (15/2 LB item #80006)

Saffron Shrimp Over Lemon-Herb Grits:

Wow with a luxurious version of the Southern classic: Saffron Shrimp Over Lemon-Herb Grits. Begin by sautéing Mariblu Shrimp with a pinch of saffron and garlic, to highlight the shrimp’s natural sweetness while adding an aromatic flair. Serve these golden, flavorful shrimp atop creamy grits infused with lemon zest and a medley of fresh herbs like dill and parsley. This combination brings a fresh, zesty twist to the rich, comforting grits.

  • Mariblu Shrimp (21/25 PDT/ON – item #33191)
  • 100% Pure Spanish Saffron (item #97113)
  • Grits (item #92205)

Land Meets Luxury

Crispy Airline Chicken with Spring Vegetables and Lemon-Herb Butter:

Roasted Airline Chicken Breast, seasoned and roasted until the skin is wonderfully crispy. Serve alongside sautéed spring veggies like baby turnips and carrots. Finish with a lemon-herb butter sauce, combining melted butter, lemon juice, fresh dill, and capers for a burst of bright flavor.

  • Airline Chicken Breast (7-9 oz breast – item #72001)
  • baby turnips (24 Ct Case – item #20541)
  • baby carrots (24 Ct Case – item #20482)

Lamb Lollipop Chops with Mint Pesto:

Go ahead, mom might want to indulge. Offer Lamb Lolly Pop Chops adorned with a fresh mint pesto. The rich flavor of lamb paired with the zesty mint is a combination that will win over any heart.

  • Lamb Lolly Pop Chops (frozen – item #98661)
  • Fresh mint  (item #40018)

Filet Benedict with Horseradish Hollandaise:

Try this refined take on Eggs Benedict, featuring seared Beef Filet on toasted artisanal bread. Top with a poached egg and drizzle with a zesty horseradish hollandaise sauce for a perfect blend of flavors.

  • Beef Filet (C/C CHOICE 2 PACK – item #00628)
  • Horseradish – (item #03960)

Pork Lomo Hash with Sweet Potatoes and Apples:

This dish is both hearty and refined. Pan-sear slices of Iberico Pork Lomo until they’re perfectly caramelized, then chop them into bite-sized pieces. Combine with roasted sweet potatoes and sautéed apples for a sweet and savory hash. Season with a touch of cinnamon and fresh thyme to tie all the flavors together.

  • Iberico Pork Lomo (8/2.25 LB – item #10345)
  • Sweet potatoes (item #99848)
  • Thyme (item #40031)

Refreshing Sips and Sweet Treats

Peach Bellini Bar:

Let your guests customize their drinks with a Bellini bar, featuring Island Oasis Peach Mix and Prosecco. It’s a fun, interactive way to toast to the amazing moms.

Main Ingredients: Peach mix, Prosecco, raspberries, peaches, edible flowers

  • Island Oasis Peach Mix (12/32 oz – item #14427)
  • Raspberries (item #10413)
  • Edible Flowers (item #40412)

Grapefruit Hibiscus Mimosa:

Mix grapefruit juice with Raspberry Hibiscus Sparkling Water for a floral twist on the classic mimosa. Serve in flutes with a thin slice of grapefruit as garnish.

  • Natalies’s Grapefruit Juice (Quart – item #96570)
  • Raspberry Hibiscus Sparkling Collagen Water (12/12 oz – item #22710)
  • Grapefruit (item #99835)

Chocolate Truffle & Macaron Assortment:

Offer a decadent array of Ghyslain Chocolate Truffles and Ghyslain Macarons Vive. Arrange on a cheese board with fruit & nuts (for an elegant presentation that invites guests to indulge in a sweet finale. Don’t forget to let mom take first pick!

  • Ghyslain Chocolate Truffles (120 Ct – item #92197)
  • Ghyslain Macarons Vive (150 Ct – item #95776)
  • Verterra Cheese Boards (8×8 100 Ct – item #34067)

Lemon-Rhubarb Cheesecake:

End on a sweet note with slices of Libby’s Cheesecake topped with a tart lemon-rhubarb compote. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, and Libby’s Cheesecake is the perfect canvas to show off amazing compote and topping combinations.

  • Libby’s Tall Cheesecake (2/16 slices – item #16680)
  • Organic Rhubarb (Oregon – 15 Lb case – item #19280)

Mother’s Day brunch is more than just a meal; it’s a celebration of love, care, and gratitude. By incorporating some of these menu ideas featuring What Chefs Want’s premium ingredients, you can offer a brunch experience that mothers will remember fondly. Each dish has been thoughtfully designed to be fresh and full of flavor, ensuring that your guests leave with full hearts and satisfied appetites.

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