Draw inspiration from leading, trend-forward chefs across the U.S. with unique ways to innovate with lentils on the menu

Lentils.org partnered with Chef’s Roll, a global culinary community and media company, to capture some of the most innovative and inspiring lentil dishes on independent restaurant menus across the U.S. Looking to explore lentils beyond soup and stew? Chefs were challenged to lean into lentils used in entrée dishes, street food, and globally-inspired dishes that

Food Trend Spotlight: America’s Most-Loved Dishes 

January 2024  Classic American dishes like burgers, fries, macaroni and cheese, and pizza are beloved because they are approachable, flexible, and delicious. The perennial appeal of these dishes makes them a perfect entry point to introduce new ingredients or trending global twists. When you add lentils to a dish, they act as a flavor sponge

Food Trend Spotlight: Global Mash-Ups

January 2024  Consumers want many things out of a dining experience, and one enduring desire is to enjoy flavor while satisfying hunger. Many 2024 food trend reports (including IFT Magazine, Datassential, Restaurant Business and Time) identified global mash-ups as a way that chefs can play in this proverbial sandbox — creating “newstalgia” by elevating familiar

Food Trend Spotlight: Global Soups & Stews

January 2024  Who doesn’t find comfort in a big bowl of warm soup or stew? Cozy, nourishing, and often nostalgic, soups and stews can be found in virtually any cuisine, and for good reason — they are incredibly versatile and easy on restaurant operations. Their appeal is on the rise, too, as world-stage soups and

Food Trend Spotlight: Protein-Rich Composed Salads & Side Dishes 

January 2024  As consumers’ routines and lifestyles open up post-pandemic, the demand for grab-and-go meal options is on the rise. Consumers want functional nutrition options with ingredients that give them energy and staying power throughout the day. With 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber per half-cup serving, lentils provide that satiety. Not

Food Trend Spotlight: European 2.0 

January 2024  European cuisines are experiencing a resurgence after a period of stagnation — Greek, French, Mediterranean, Spanish, Italian, and other classic cuisines are back and bolder than ever. Datassential reports that as American consumers visit Italy, France, Spain, and other European countries on post-COVID vacations, we can expect them to return with a hunger

Case Study: Pret A Manger launches a protein-rich lentil hot wrap that exceeds sales expectations

November 2023 Anticipating consumer demand for cozy fall flavors in plant-forward menu offerings, Pret A Manger this September launched a permanent menu offering anchored by spiced lentils and chickpeas. The hot wrap is already overperforming based on volume, confirming a consumer shift toward satiating, protein-rich whole food plant ingredients as an alternative to plant-based meat

Spotlight on the Hottest Food Trends for 2024 

November 2023  As 2023 begins to wind down, we are found reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to what is on the horizon in the New Year. It is also that time of year when many food companies and data houses come out with their trend predictions for the upcoming year. We at

Top 5 Reasons Chefs Are Using Lentils to Upgrade Their Menus

An upgraded menu once meant elegance, refinement, and top-tier customer service of the old-school variety: linen napkins and discreet table service. But today’s consumer is juggling an ever-changing financial market, expanding global tastes, personal dietary preferences, and a desire for food that satisfies as well as it appeals. Where lentils were once mainly used as