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Spring Forward: Refreshing Menu Ideas to Welcome the Season

By | Baking, Cheese, Dairy, Farm To Table, Gourmet, Local, Produce, Seafood, Staples, Vegetables, What Chefs Want

As the snow melts away and the first green shoots begin to appear, chefs everywhere know it’s time to rejuvenate their menus. Spring brings a bounty of fresh produce and new flavors, offering a fantastic opportunity to introduce vibrant, light, and refreshing dishes. This article is a springboard for those looking to infuse their menus with the essence of spring, presenting ideas and dishes that are as fresh as the season itself.

Embrace the Season’s Best

Seasonal Vegetables Front and Center

Spring is synonymous with fresh produce. Think tender greens, sweet peas, artichokes, and asparagus. These vegetables can easily become the star of any dish, offering a crisp, fresh taste that’s perfect for the season.

Grilled Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce: A simple yet sophisticated side that highlights the asparagus. Main ingredients: asparagus spears, butter, egg yolks, lemon juice, cayenne pepper.

  • Asparagus – Jumbo – item #20001, Large – item #20080, Standard – item #20005
  • Lemons – item #04019
  • Butter – unsalted – item #93001

Spring Vegetable Risotto: Creamy and comforting while still being light. Main ingredients: Arborio rice, chicken or vegetable stock, Parmesan cheese, a mix of spring vegetables (peas, asparagus, baby carrots).

  • Carrots – item #20467
  • Carrots – diced #20456 *diced in house by our Prep Kitchen team to save you time!
  • Arborio rice – item #94928
  • Parmesan cheese – grated – item #91272 (also available shaved, shredded or whole)

Pea and Mint Soup: Vibrantly green and refreshingly light. Main ingredients: fresh peas, mint leaves, vegetable stock, onion, garlic, and light cream.

  • English Peas – item #09570
  • Fresh mint leaves – item #40052
  • Roasted Vegetable stock base – item #96117

Herb-Infused Dishes

Herbs come back to life in spring, bringing their fresh aromas and flavors. Integrating a variety of herbs into your dishes can add a new dimension of taste.

Herb-Infused Grilled Pork Chops with a Spring Herb Chimichurri: This dish captures the essence of spring through the use of fresh herbs both in the marinade and in the chimichurri.  Main ingredients: bone-in porkchops, fresh rosemary, thyme, parsley, garlic, cilantro, lemon juice.

  • Bone-in Berkwood Center Cut Pork Chop – item #00829
  • Parsley – item #40009
  • Garlic – peeled – #70118

Lemon Herb Chicken: Light and zesty, perfect for a spring evening. Main ingredients: chicken breasts, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, garlic.

  • Springer Mountain Farms airline chicken breast – item #18270
  • Pons Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil – item #95413
  • Fresh Rosemary – item #40023

Light and Bright

Salads That Excite

Spring is the perfect time to revamp your salad offerings with light, yet satisfying options that incorporate fruits, nuts, and cheeses.

Strawberry Spinach Salad: A sweet and savory combination. Main ingredients: fresh spinach, strawberries, goat cheese, walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette.

  • Baby spinach – item #20280
  • Strawberries – item #10422
  • Capriole Tea Rose Goat Cheese – item #91921

Citrus and Avocado Salad: Creamy and citrusy, a delight for the taste buds. Main ingredients: mixed greens, orange segments, grapefruit segments, avocado, almonds, citrus vinaigrette.

  • Lettuce – Arcadian Mix – item #02518
  • Grapefruit – item #99835
  • Avocado – item #20063

Seafood Selections

Seafood is a great choice for spring menus, offering dishes that are both light and satisfying.

Seared Scallops with Pea Puree: Elegant and easy to prepare. Main ingredients: scallops, fresh peas, mint, butter, lemon.

  • Scallops – U/10 – item #32502
  • Scallops – U/8 – item #32713

Grilled Halibut with Mango Salsa: A tropical twist that screams spring. Main ingredients: halibut fillets, mango, red bell pepper, jalapeno, lime, cilantro.

  • Wild Alaskan Halibut – item #48052
  • Mango – item #10902
  • Jalapeno – item #20825

Farm to Table Connection

Highlighting Local Producers

Spring is an excellent time to strengthen relationships with local farmers and showcase their produce directly on your menu. Dishes that tell a story about where their ingredients come from can create a deeper connection with diners.

Local Farm Vegetable Tart: A rustic and visually appealing dish. Main ingredients: seasonal vegetables from local farms, puff pastry, ricotta cheese, fresh herbs.

  • Fresh morel mushrooms – item #30911
  • English peas – item #09570
  • Ricotta cheese – item #91094

Farmers’ Market Salad: Change weekly based on what’s available locally. Main ingredients: mixed greens, edible flowers, heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, fresh cheese, vinaigrette made with local honey.

  • Edible flowers – item #40032
  • Fava beans – item #20721
  • Heirloom cherry tomatoes – item #50901

Refreshing Beverages

Spring-Inspired Cocktails and Non-Alcoholic Refreshments

Drinks can also reflect the vibrancy of spring, incorporating fresh fruits, herbs, and edible flowers to create sippable experiences that complement your dishes. A reminder that What Chefs Want has everything you need for your bar but the booze.

Cucumber Basil Gimlet: A crisp, herbaceous cocktail. Main ingredients: gin, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, cucumber slices, basil leaves.

  • Natalie’s Lime Juice – item #99203
  • Monin Pure Cane Syrup – item #97887
  • Cucumbers – item #20089

Strawberry-Rose Lemonade: A non-alcoholic option that’s visually stunning and delicious. Main ingredients: strawberries, rose water, lemon juice, sparkling water, sugar.

  • Rose water – item #93207
  • KY Greenhouse strawberries – item #34010
  • Mountain Valley Sparkling water – item #18096

Sweet Endings

Fruit-Forward Desserts

Spring’s arrival means the return of many beloved fruits. Desserts that showcase these fruits can provide a perfect end to any meal. WCW has the baking staples you need to create memorable desserts!

Rhubarb Crisp: Tangy and sweet, with a crumbly topping. Main ingredients: rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, flour, oats, butter.

  • Rhubarb – item #82871
  • Rolled oats – item #93426
  • Granulated sugar – item #99317

Strawberry Basil Sorbet: A sweet and herbaceous note to end on. Main ingredients: strawberries, basil, sugar, lemon juice.

  • Strawberries – item #10422
  • Fresh Basil – item #40037
  • Natalie’s Fresh Lemon Juice – item #99202

Bringing It All Together

Transitioning your menu for spring doesn’t just mean swapping out ingredients; it’s about capturing the essence of the season—fresh, light, and rejuvenating. Whether it’s by highlighting seasonal vegetables, incorporating fresh herbs, offering lighter main courses, or ending with fruit-forward desserts, there are countless ways to refresh your menu for spring. These ideas and dishes are just a starting point to inspire your creativity and help your menu bloom alongside the season. We are here and ready to offer you the freshest ingredients to help your menu shine.

Item of the Day:  Frothy Monkey Whole Wheat Bagels

By | Baking, Breads, Chef's Feed, Coffee, Coffee Shop, Item of the Day, Organic, What Chefs Want

Frothy Monkey Whole Wheat Bagels

Frothy Monkey has been a staple in the Nashville community since 2004. You can count on Frothy to deliver quality, creativity, and approachability in everything they create whether it be in one of their cafes, at their coffee roastery, or their bakery. Their relationships with farmers and others who care about where ingredients come from is at the center of who they are.

In true Frothy Monkey fashion, their bagels are made from simple, thoughtfully-sourced ingredients. Each bagel requires a three day process to achieve artisan perfection, and they use their Sourdough starter to yield a rich and deep flavor profile with a pleasant, lingering finish.

Frothy Monkey bagels have the perfect balance of flavor and texture. A Frothy Monkey bagel is delicious on its own, or served up toasted with cream cheese. With their soft, chewy texture and fantastic crust they also make a tasty sandwich even better.


Item 10569 – 12/6ct  Case   

*Not available in all regions – see website or app for more information.

Item of the Day: Alfresco Frozen Pizza Dough

By | Baking, Breads, Chef's Feed, Gourmet, Item of the Day, Local, What Chefs Want

Alfresco Frozen Pizza Dough

From Alfresco: “We use only the best, hand-picked ingredients, perfected recipes, detailed processes and customized, handcrafted Italian pasta machines to make our pasta. We hold our products, people and facilities to the highest standards for safety, consistency, performance and taste.”

Alfresco Pasta uses only unbleached, naturally aged flour in our recipes. The unbleached flour has a rougher texture, and a darker color. The natural aging helps develop the gluten and produce a better pizza crust.

TO USE: 

1. Thaw dough slowly in refrigerator before use. This process is called ”cold fermentation”, and we recommend 3-5 days at 38-42 degrees F for the perfect crust, although 24 -48 hours will work fine. This gives the yeast time to react with the sugars and produce very good gluten structure as well as a delicious flavor. Keep in mind fermentation that goes beyond 5 days is not ideal, as your dough will begin losing its ability to rise properly.

2. Remove dough from refrigerator and proof at room temperature or in a proof box until dough rises. Dough can be proofed in the morning for lunch service, and early afternoon for dinner service.

3. Roll Dough to order, score with a dough docker if needed and bake immediately.

4. We recommend rolling the crust thin, but a medium to thick crust will yield good results as well. 5. Adjust your oven temp accordingly until you achieve a crispy outer crust, with a pillow-like, chewy interior.


 Item 90708 – 28x2oz Case


Item of the Day: Gourmet Gluten Free Buns

By | Appetizers, Baking, Breads, Chef's Feed, Gluten Free, Gourmet, Grilling Essentials, Hors d'oeuvre, Item of the Day, Products, What Chefs Want

Gourmet Gluten Free Buns

Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger Buns are dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free – so you can feel good about this gourmet favorite. Customers won’t have to skip the bun again! These soft, golden buns are perfect for to have on hand for grilling season. 

Item 90719 – 32CT Case

https://www.udisglutenfree.com/breads/classic-hamburger-buns

Item of the Day: Chocolate Batons from Cacao Noel

By | Baking, Chef's Feed, Chocolate, Item of the Day, What Chefs Want

Chocolate Batons


Our gourmet chocolate batons are crafted by one of the foremost chocolate producers in the world, Cocoa Noel. Made from some of the finest cocoa beans available anywhere, they combine just the right amount of cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar to create a rich and luxurious flavor you’ll love! Tap into your inner pastry chef and start preparing delicious chocolate-filled croissants, pain aux chocolate, and so much more with our 44% chocolate batons from Cocoa Noel.

Make perfectly shaped and portioned pastries with our 44% chocolate batons from Noel. Made with less cocoa butter than chocolate chunks, for example, they can be placed directly into the oven with abandon. No fear of burning, bubbling, or seeping. Simply wrap in your pastry of choice, bake, and enjoy!

Item 92273 – 1.6 kg case

Item of the Day: White Chocolate Pistoles from Cacao Noel

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30% White Chocolate Pistoles


Cacao Noel’s Pistoles are small, thin, and flat discs of solid chocolate perfect for baking applications. Easy to weight out and measure, they allow for fast, easy melting and simple tempering. Melt in bain marie or in the microwave, and use for molding, dipping, enrobing and decoration. Made from fine cacao beans from all over the world, our Noel line of baking chocolate is made with both the professional and home baker in mind. The quality of the chocolate is superb, and the products are designed to make baking a breeze. Used in hotels, restaurants and homes, worldwide.

White Noel Blanc is a fine white chocolate couverture made with cocoa butter. The shape and size of the chocolate buttons allows for easy weighing, fast, even melting, and simple tempering.

Item 92126 – 11 lbs. case

Item of the Day: 64% Bitter Chocolate Pistoles from Cacao Noel

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64% Bitter Chocolate Pistoles

Cacao Noel’s Pistoles are small, thin, and flat discs of solid chocolate perfect for baking applications. Easy to weight out and measure, they allow for fast, easy melting and simple tempering. Melt in bain marie or in the microwave, and use for molding, dipping, enrobing and decoration. Made from fine cacao beans from all over the world, our Noel line of baking chocolate is made with both the professional and home baker in mind. The quality of the chocolate is superb, and the products are designed to make baking a breeze. Used in hotels, restaurants and homes, worldwide.
Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soya
lecithin, natural vanilla flavor. May contain traces of nuts, gluten
and milk.

Item 92124 – 22 lbs. case

Item of the Day: Cocoa Powder from Cacao Noel

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Noel’s Premium Cocoa Powder mixes well with cold products, and develops flavor while cooking. Perfect for mousses, cream, biscuits, confectionery enrobing and decoration, and for brewing hot beverages. Especially recommended for ice cream. Directions: Ready to use. Usually incorporated into other dry ingredients, then combined with wet ingredients. Made from fine cacao beans from all over the world, our Noel line of baking chocolate is made with both the professional and home baker in mind. The quality of the chocolate is superb, and the products are designed to make baking a breeze. Used in hotels, restaurants and homes, worldwide.

Item 92277 – 10/2.2 lbs. case
Item 92111 – 2.2 lbs. each