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Reinhart Delivers Seasonal Ideas at Fall Show

Reinhart Chef Bill Frost sprays Japanese whiskey on sea bass from Hidden Bay to finish bites of miso-glazed fish. Frost recently took first place in a Beaver Street Fisheries cooking competition in Jacksonville, Florida, where his filet of salmon and ahi tuna dishes impressed the judges.

“You wouldn’t expect to see fries as a dessert-type option but that’s exactly the point, to offer something a little different,” said Michael Salazar, a sales rep with potato supplier Lamb Weston, as he offered samples of the company’s sweet potato vanilla sugar fries, presented in this instance topped with chocolate syrup, whipped cream and strawberries. “They’re sweet potato fries with just a little extra sweetness, a hint of vanilla but still taste like a sweet potato.” 

Lamb Weston was among several dozen other food brands highlighting holiday menu ideas and new offerings to inspire chefs and restaurant owners during Reinhart Foodservice’s Seasonal Concept Show in Duluth last month. The distributor hosts regional shows to give those outside the metro an opportunity to check out products and take advantage of Reinhart’s expertise and resources.

Another resource will debut later this month when Reinhart opens its Culinary Collaboration Center at its location in Rogers. Developed by Chef Bill Frost, the 2,200-square-foot center will serve as a test kitchen and a place for Frost to work in person with customers on improvements to their menus and overall operations. 

“It’s all about teaming up with customers to help them become more profitable and better at what they do,” said Frost, who will aim to meet with customers in their restaurants first to “understand equipment challenges, labor challenges and what they’re trying to achieve with their menu” before hosting demos at the center. 

The Reinhart Culinary Collaboration Center is expected to open in mid-November. 

An interesting dessert idea: sweet potato vanilla sugar fries from Lamb Weston.

Franklin Street Bakery highlights its cranberry wild rice bread. 

Reinhart customers and vendors fill Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth for the distributor’s Seasonal Concept Show. 

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