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Find Your Flavor: Sweet

Time to learn about our first flavor – SWEET!

We all know someone with a sweet tooth but, why is it that some people like sweet food so much? The answer has to do with evolution and genetics. Carbohydrates tend to be higher in sugar, which is the main energy source for the brain and our body. This is why we prefer and crave sweet foods – it’s our body telling us we need energy. Genetics also play a role in how much someone may prefer sweet foods, which is why not everyone has a sweet tooth.

Sweet foods don’t just make recipes more palatable but can also give dishes more depth. Some examples are:

  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Agave syrup
  • Fresh and dried fruits
  • Certain vegetables like sweet potatoes or carrots

Combining sweet and sour foods can help reduce the excess sweetness in a dish. Some examples are:

  • Citrus (lemon, orange, lime)
  • Vinegar
  • Yogurts
  • Fermented foods

Lastly, everybody knows about the sweet-salty combo- chocolate covered pretzels, kettle corn, etc. The reason they are so satisfying is because, as previously mentioned, the brain craves sweet foods for energy but, the salty taste is a craving because of the body’s need for essential minerals.

How will you use sweetness in your dishes to make then more flavorful?

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  • March 4, 2019

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What our clients are saying

“I wanted to take this moment to thank you and your staff for making the Athletic Celebration absolutely wonderful. I cannot say enough great things about the event. The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic. Thank you for your help from start to finish.”

“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“Just want to take a moment to thank you for running such a great kitchen. It’s been a huge benefit to have such a delicious and various assortment of foods to choose from, all without having to leave the building. I’m always amazed at the daily variety and the quality of food that is offered. The cafeteria has made my food choices as easy as can be.”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“What a difference a top chef makes to student satisfaction and enjoyment of campus life!  At a recent boarding school conference, food was mentioned as a key retention method and it is really true. The comforts of home are found in good food and meals enjoyed with friends. We couldn’t be more pleased with the healthy and delicious daily options presented by our chef and his team. Frank even has a suggestion box, so he is always open to new ideas and he even offers cooking classes for our students!”

“Thank You for once again going above and beyond to ensure that our programs are a success. Your willingness to customize menus as well as provide your expert guidance to develop a well-rounded selection of offerings is what keeps us coming back! The food is always exceptional! Our programs would not be a success without the CulinArt team!”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“The CulinArt team has been great to work with and has been super flexible. Having worked with other dining services at different institutions, having a dining team that is open to menu changes has been a great resource for our events. ”

“What a night! You and your team rocked it and made us look like stars. Great working with you and know we will have more chances to work together on future events.”

“Yesterday I ordered the special (Bloody Mary Burger) which was one of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted, [but] this e-mail is not to praise the burger.  Eating the burger reminded me of the great service, professionalism, the smiles, the knowledge and the great food that I have come to love each and every day.  Your team, who really work as a team, take their time to explain nutrition and meal ideas, and encourage healthy eating.  I wouldn’t change one thing about this crew. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for their hard work each and every day.”

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