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Brunch & bar

from the foodies at

by Performance Fo o d ser vice

to Bring in the Crowds Craft Buzz-Worthy Service

Brunch and bar service – in theory, two different worlds. But in the new restaurant landscape, the crossover appeal is undeniable.

Both culinary arenas have legions of fanatical supporters. During special events, like the bonanza of the basketball tournament, St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, or Easter brunch, consumers are willing to brave wait times to sink their forks into buzzy bennies, smoky BBQ, trending apps, and flavor-bursting fusion. Did we mention they also boost crucial average check numbers by sipping cold brews or sharing mimosa pitchers to top it off?

And the delicious thing about brunch and bar is you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Build on the classics that your regulars love while adding a few

creative tweaks for the social media foodies. Ingredients should be able to flow between both services, saving valuable labor time and lowering costs in the process.

For the new-look Dish, Performance chefs have leveraged their experience to craft practical recipes with products that will work for you and your restaurant. Feast your eyes on sandwiches, steak and eggs, fried shareables, and elevated entrées, starring high-performance products from Braveheart® Beef, Allegiance® and Ridgecrest® Pork, Empire’s Treasure® Seafood, Brilliance® Oil, Village Garden® Dressing, and more.

With a number of fun social events coming up, there’s no better time to spring forward into buzzy brunch and bar offerings!

Look for these callouts: Get inside our chefs’ minds and find out what inspired their dishes.

Chef Talk

Learn Quick Tips from LTOs to Seasonal Trends.

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Straight Fire

Shakshuka means “a mixture,” and what an irresistible blend of eggs, tomato sauce, steak, potatoes, and spices this feast is. Believed to have originated in North African cuisine, shakshuka has recently reached critical mass on menus everywhere.

It’s basically all of the best brunch elements in one bowl, and not only do the thin slices of fire-kissed Braveheart® Skirt Steak work perfectly alongside the soft poached eggs and roasted potatoes, this vivid mélange of sauce and spice absolutely pops on social media feeds.

Brave New World

Braveheart Beef is sourced using a stateof-the-art PathProven® processing program that ensures animal wellness, sustainability, and food safety — resulting in consistent excellence. USDA choice Angus skirt steaks are the short plate’s only whole muscle cut. They are typically carved across the grain for added tenderness.

Boom laka! Ska k -a-

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Quality taste, trim, and consistency Highest percentage Black Angus in the industry Sourced from U.S. family farms

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BRAVEHEART FIRE GRILLED SKIRT SHAKSHUKA

Chef Talk

Shakshuka is great for any daypart—and so versatile! All the components can be prepared in advance and assembled as needed. Serve with crusty bread or roasted potatoes for dipping into those beautiful poached eggs and enhance with succulent grilled skirt steak and fresh herbs.

BRAVEHEART® INSIDE SKIRT STEAK

517400/NH988

Highly marbled, meltin-your-mouth, and tender

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Darling Florentine

ALLEGIANCE®

BONELESS PORK LOIN

464533/NH842

Duroc-based genetics produce the highestquality pork

4.4%

Sandwiches have shown brunch growth in the past year, 5th highest, just behind mimosas

Source: tastewise.io

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PEAK® BABY SPINACH

260811/GC936

Packed with healthboosting benefits

Sumptuous Sammie

A little messy elegance never looked so good. Here’s a sandwich that feels equally at home on a bar menu as it does for brunch with the fam. Thin and crispy Allegiance® Pork Loin is topped with garlic spinach and blanketed by melty Bacio® Provolone. The pork rests on a toasted, buttery brioche bun with tangy sun-dried tomato mayonnaise. Add Roma® Banana Peppers on top for some crunchy zest.

Pledge Allegiance to Pork

Allegiance Pork is sourced from a single Midwest family farm and represents the top 20% of hogs available in the U.S. The result is gorgeous marbling and fork-tender taste.

PathProven for a rich, juicy flavor

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Allegiance Perfectly Pork

Florentine Sandwich

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Benny Beautiful

The decadence runneth over with treasured crab cake bennies. This brunch staple is enhanced by jumbo lump Empire’s® Treasure Crabmeat, Cajun seasoned and sautéed golden brown. The cakes are topped with soft poached farmhouse eggs and a creamy lemon dill West Creek® Hollandaise sauce. A slab of roasted red pepper balances out the eggs and crabmeat with bold color.

Oh Snap!

The Species Verified program ensures DNAverified snapper from the crystal blue waters of Indonesia. The fish is wild-caught, mild, and versatile.

Empire’s Treasure Red Snapper 470768

Performs well baked, broiled, grilled, or fried

Sweet and citrusy, slightly bitter –ideal for seafood applications

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PEAK® DILL 855547/CK122

Produced from 100% Asian Blue Swimming Crab

Empire’s Treasure Crab Cakes Benedict

Servings: 2

Ingredients

1 lb. Empire’s Treasure Crabmeat

1 ½ T. West Creek® Mayonnaise

1 ea. Nature’s Best Dairy® Egg

1 ea. Peak® Lemon, juice and zest

¼ tsp. West Creek Horseradish

2 ½ T. Roma® Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs

¼ tsp. Magellan® Cajun Seasoning Blend

3 T. Brilliance® Butter Flavored Oil

4 ea. Nature’s Best Dairy Eggs

½ gl. Water

3 T. West Creek White Vinegar

2 ea. Roma Roasted Red Peppers, drained

8 oz. West Creek Hollandaise Sauce Mix, prepared

¼ ea. Peak Lemon, juice only

½ tsp. Peak Dill, chopped

4 ea. Peak Dill Sprigs, for garnish

Method

In a bowl combine crabmeat, two eggs, mayonnaise, Cajun seasoning, horseradish, lemon juice, lemon zest, and Italian breadcrumbs. Form into cakes then refrigerate at least an hour before service. This allows the crab cakes to set up for cooking.

Warm the butter flavored oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Cook 1 minute per side to caramelize the surface. Whisk lemon juice and dill into prepared hollandaise sauce then hold warm.

Bring water and vinegar to a boil for egg poaching. Crack the eggs into the vinegar water to poach them.

Place two crabcakes per plate then top with a slab of roasted red pepper then a poached egg followed by 1-2 ounces of hollandaise sauce. Garnish with a sprig of dill then serve.

EMPIRE’S TREASURE® JUMBO LUMP CRABMEAT
572355/14674
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Red Eye Catch the

Chef Talk

For kitchen efficiency and depth of flavor, mix the low and slow smoked brisket with the red eye gravy and hold on your hot line. Soft poach your eggs the night before and hold on ice water in the cooler to speed up line production and produce the perfect poached egg for your guests.

Hand-rubbed with a proprietary seasoning

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RIDGECREST® CHOPPED BRISKET
803579/FV960
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Social media mentions of meat have increased more than 12% over the past year

Source: tastewise.io

Smoke Show

It’s always been a Southern delicacy, but biscuits and gravy is now a brunch fixture on menus from coast to coast. Add buzz to your biscuits with Benedict poached eggs and chopped Ridgecrest® Beef

Brisket. Flavorful red eye gravy is made with a rare combination of West Creek® BBQ Sauce, Magellan® Cayenne Pepper, and spectacular Coda Coffee® sourced using sustainable, award-winning beans. Pickled red onions from Delancey Street Deli® top the eggs for a burst of vivid color that catches the eye.

Brisket = Hot Ticket

USDA choice Ridgecrest

Beef Brisket is handrubbed and smoked low and slow for 12 hours over charcoal and hardwoods, including mesquite and hickory.

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to the Moon Fry Me

How can I serve up tasty BRUNCH and BAR dishes while saving time and labor?

Efficiency is a top priority in the kitchen. 57% of operators recently surveyed said labor-saving products are very appealing (Datassential, 2022). Custom Culinary® frozen, ready-to-use sauces are available in a range of flavors, from classic varieties to globally inspired. Consider using them to help your staff work smarter, not harder. Try a breakfast smash burger with American cheese, hash browns, Canadian bacon, and a poached egg on a brioche bun, then top it off with Custom Culinary Hollandaise Sauce and everything bagel seasoning.

FIND THIS RECIPE ONLINE! RIDGECREST® LOADED PULLED PORK FRIES
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BRILLIANCE® BUTTER FLAVORED OIL

875041/DV452

Formulated for a rich, buttery flavor and resistant to scorching

Pile it On

Whether served at the bar or as a complement to brunch beverages, shareables can increase orders for parties of two or more. Take this platter of crispy West Creek® Crinkle Cut Fries tossed with slow-cooked pit smoked pulled pork. Cover the fries and pork with white cheddar cheese drizzled in chipotle hollandaise, and then sprinkle in some green onion, sliced jalapenos, and caramelized onions for a little crunch, heat, and visual appeal. The craveability factor of loaded pulled pork fries is off the charts and easy to prep.

Brilliant Flavor

RIDGECREST® PULLED PORK

806503/FV962

Ready to sauce and serve after thawing

Brilliance Premium Oils enhance the natural flavors of your menu items while reducing waste, with up to three times the fry life of other brands.

Soy Clear Fry Oil 533067 | FC676

Made from soybeans raised in North America

Canola Pan Coating 365592 | CV274

Ideal for allergen-free menuing

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Let ’s Go, Buffalo

Spicy continues to perform at a high level across all menus, and Buffalo sauce is the grandaddy of them all. This taste bud-popping sammie swaps in succulent beer battered cod for the more traditional chicken patty. We slathered the Empire’s Treasure® fish in classic West Creek® Buffalo Wing Sauce and laid it atop a bed of fresh cucumber slaw on a soft Roma® Hoagie Roll. Village Garden® Blue Cheese Dressing transforms a wing sauce bar favorite into an irresistible handheld.

True Blue

Fresh, homemade taste that doubles as a recipe enhancer.

Village Garden Chunky Blue

Cheese Dressing 157231 | 83422

580946/DV922

Naturally low in fat and cholesterol

Rich
Pre-portioned
in omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids Ready to fry EMPIRE’S TREASURE® BEER BATTERED COD
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Combination of cheesy and creamy perfectly complements the Buffalo heat

Chef Talk

Cucumber slaw provides an ideal cooling factor and texture for this spicy delight. Toss the fish in Buffalo sauce right out of the fryer for the perfect absorption of the seasoning.

FIND THIS RECIPE ONLINE! EMPIRE’S TREASURE® BUFFALO FISH SANDWICH VILLAGE GARDEN® CHUNKY BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
157231/83422
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Garden Variety

Brunch is about indulgence, and few culinary styles are as maximalist as Italian cooking. Consider the frittata, an open face-style omelette that works as an earthy canvas for toppings, in this case veggies. The Peak® Garden Frittata highlights a slew of fresh ingredients, including red bell peppers, baby spinach, broccoli, and grape tomatoes. Sprinkle Nature’s Best Dairy® Goat Cheese crumbles on top for complementary tang and tartness.

Sneak Peak

Peak Fresh Produce from Performance represents the most consistent, quality fruits and vegetables available. We set the highest standards to ensure that produce is picked at peak time for the best taste and color.

Peak Baby Spinach 260811 | GC936

Provides essential vitamins and minerals

Peak Broccoli Florets 880569 | FA080

Iceless for a smaller packaging footprint

You Gotta Frittata

907425/HB398

Great for grilling

PEAK® RED ONION
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Aromatic

Peak Garden Frittata

Servings: 4

Ingredients

1 ½ c. Nature’s Best Dairy® Liquid Eggs

¼ ea. Peak® Red Bell Pepper, small dice

½ ea. Peak Red Onion, julienne

1 tsp. Peak Garlic, minced

1 c. Peak Baby Spinach

4 ea. Peak Broccoli Florets, blanched, cut in half

½ tsp. Peak Basil, hand torn

½ tsp. Peak Oregano, hand torn

6 ea. Peak Golden Grape Tomatoes, cut in half

3 T. Nature’s Best Dairy Goat Cheese, crumbled

1 ½ T. Brilliance® Butter Flavored Oil

1/8 tsp. Sea Salt

1/8 tsp Magellan® Ground Black Pepper

Method

Pre-heat convection oven to 375°F.

In a 8” non-stick pan over medium high heat, add butter flavored oil. Add peppers, spinach, broccoli, onion, garlic, spinach, salt, pepper, grape tomatoes, basil, and oregano. Cook 2 minutes.

Pour in egg mixture and allow to cook while swirling in a circular motion with the handle.

Sprinkle goat cheese on top and transfer pan to oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes until egg is lightly browned on top and fluffy.

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Remove from pan, cut into 4 slices, and serve.

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PEAK® BASIL 855571/CK134 with hints of pepper, anise, and mint PEAK GARLIC 275595/GC952
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ENTICE® BREADED CHEESE CURDS

616854/TA062

Handcrafted small bites with a housemade appearance

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ENTICE®

BREADED DILL PICKLE SPEARS

535487/TA072

Proprietary process ensures flavor doesn't burn off when fried

Memphis Belle

Burgers are any bar’s beefy MVP. And many a brave customer will accept the challenge to take down this monster, inspired by one of BBQ’s premier kingdoms. The king of burgers is paired with the king of BBQ pork to create a pitmaster’s dream come true – the Braveheart® Memphis Monster Burger.

A Braveheart USDA choice Angus Beef Patty is covered in a cheddar blanket and topped with pit smoked pulled pork. The melt-in-your-mouth Ridgecrest® Pork is tossed in a moonshine BBQ sauce, while Entice Fried Pickles and caramelized onions serve to tame this beast with a balanced bite. Announce the monster on your bar menu as an LTO or part of a contest and watch engagement flex.

Entice Breaded Dill Pickle Spears 535487 | TA072

Made with all natural ingredients and will cook quickly from frozen

Source: blog.yelp.com

Entice Breaded Cheese Curds 616854 | TA062

The ultimate shareable, available in two distinct delicious flavors

What are some easy ways to flavor brunch and bar dishes with products already in Your KITCHEN?

Elevate brunch and bar dishes with spices, sauces, and condiments. Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt adds a unique punch of flavor to eggs and hash browns or try topping burritos and breakfast sandwiches with Cholula® Original Hot Sauce for a kick of heat. Another favorite is Frank’s RedHot® Bloody Mary with an OLD BAY® seasoned rim. These flavors only cost pennies per serving, and your patrons will definitely come back for more.

Bars that feature sports are popular. Searches for bars showing english soccer were up nearly 250%
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Women have always brought innovations and clout to the individual kitchens and communities they serve. Their creations continue to bring inspiration to new chefs daily. We gathered some esteemed experts to bring their insights and inspiration to the table, and offer fresh new options for brunch.

To learn more and get inspired, visit SmithfieldCulinary.com/SBTH.

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Ina’s Smoked BBQ Brisket Hash, featuring Smithfield® Smoke’NFast® Brisket, prepared by Ina Pinkney
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