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Lorri Mealey

How do You Handle the Challenge of Elevated Food Prices?

By December 18, 2012

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One of the questions asked of chefs during the What's Hot 2013 Chef's Survey is how they are dealing with the rising cost of food. It is a problem facing all restaurants across the United States. Food and fuel prices continue to climb, but consumers are not willing to pay more. So what do you do? 32% of chefs polled recommended changing or updating menus. 25% recommended adjusting plate composition- otherwise known as increasing the amount of low food cost items (such as starches) and decreasing the amount of high food cost items (such as seafood, beef, dairy). 24% of Chefs said they were looking at shopping around, considering different food suppliers. Only 4% said they were raising menu prices. What about you? How are you coping with the rise in food cost? When was the last time you updated your menu?

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January 2, 2013 at 9:18 am
(1) SWarren says:

I think it’s important to buy seasonal foods and if possible stock up on items that can be frozen so that you can extend the offering…such as lobster and blueberries.

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