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SUMMER with SYSCO ~ Special Season Showcase

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March 2, 2015
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Come join us as we prepare for the season

Check out all the newest ideas for the season & secure the best deals for your business!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

11 am – 4 pm

Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge

3230 Parkway

Pigeon Forge, TN 37868

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Come Grow with Us ~ Fall Culinary Expo & Open House!

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October 31, 2014
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Growing Together Invitation 11.5.14 

Come Grow with Us! Hope to see you here at Sysco Knoxville Warehouse on Wed, Nov 5  11 am – 3 p m

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Get the finest salmon from Sysco Knoxville

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July 30, 2014
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Grilled Salmon

Salmon is one of diners most favorite seafood items, whether it’s in sushi or grilled with a side of vegetables.

Salmon is one of the most popular fish served at restaurants, and there are lots of different varieties: sockeye, pink, Atlantic, Pacific, farm-raised and wild-caught. At Sysco Knoxville, you can get the highest-quality salmon around, and we can help you navigate the differences in each type of fish.

On top of being tasty to eat, salmon is also one of the healthiest fish. It is an excellent source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, lean protein and vitamin D. It is also a versatile fish that can be prepared in any number of ways, whether it’s part of a sashimi plate or served grilled. For these reasons and more, salmon is very popular among diners.

So why choose to get your salmon from Sysco Knoxville? Our salmon is shipped within 24 hours of leaving the water, so we can guarantee that it will be fresh on arrival. This means you will typically receive your order one full week fresher than anywhere else. Also, we inspect all of our seafood to maintain a consistent quality throughout. This means that every piece of salmon you purchase will have great flavor and that hallmark orange-to-red color you’re familiar with.

If you’re interested in adding our high-quality salmon to your menu, or other Portico seafood products, contact your marketing associate today.  

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Recipe—Tomato Pie

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July 15, 2014
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tomato pieIn June, we hosted our Southern Comfort Theme Week where Chef Warren made some good, ol’ Southern favorites while also incorporating some actual Southern Comfort, the popular spirit, into the recipes.

If you saw our June Theme Week Facebook album, and thought “I want to know how to make that,” then fear not. Here is a recipe for the delicious tomato pie which accompanied our Southern Natural Farms barbeque meatloaf.

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • ½ Cup chopped green onion
  • 1 9-inch prebaked deep-dish pie shell
  • 1 Cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 Cup grated cheddar
  • 1 Cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees.

Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in one layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow them to drain for 10 minutes.

Layer the tomato slices, basil and onion in the pie shell and season them with salt and pepper. Combine the grated cheeses and mayonnaise together. Spread the cheese-mayo mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

To serve, cut into slices and serve warm.

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The Scoop on Ice Cream

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July 10, 2014
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Ice cream sundaeIce cream is a favorite summertime treat. You may not have considered it before, but it is an incredibly complex dessert. It’s not that outrageous when you think about; after all, getting fruit and nut chunks, cream, sugar and flavorings to form a creamy, solid (but not too solid) confection is practically a science.

Since there are so many factors that can go into what makes for a quality ice cream, we’re going to break down some aspects of this frozen favorite to help you find the perfect scoop.

Overrun—overrun is a term that describes the amount of air incorporated into ice cream. In general, lower overrun makes for a creamier ice cream. Now, that doesn’t mean overrun is necessarily a bad thing. Without some added air content, ice cream would be more solid (like an ice cube) and would be nearly impossible to eat with a spoon.

Sherbet and sorbet—you may have thought these were the same thing, but there are some subtle differences between sherbet and sorbet. Sherbet does have some dairy in it (typically about five percent), whereas sorbet has no dairy content. This is what separates a sherbet from a sorbet.

Dipping—you may not have realized, but dipping technique matters. Proper technique is as follows:

  1. Use a clean scoop and shake or tap to expel any excess water prevent depositing ice crystals into the product.
  2. Dip in circles, starting close to the container wall.
  3. Don’t compress the ice cream. Dipping downward can compress the product, changing the texture and fluff of the scoop.

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Sysco’s Steak of the Month

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July 8, 2014
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Ball tip steak

This is a delicious ball tip steak with marbled potatoes and grilled kale and lemon sauce

Steak—it’s one of the most quintessential American foods, perfect for all occasions from the backyard cook-out to a nice meal at a fancy restaurant.

One of the great things about steak is that it comes in several different varieties: skirt, sirloin, ribeye, strip, flat iron, and filet. Each of the different cuts comes with its own taste and texture.

It’s difficult to single out just one cut of beef to highlight, so instead we feature a steak of the month for our Sysco Knoxville customers. Last month’s steak was ball tip steak, also known as knuckle tip, sirloin tip or sizzler.

Ball tips are derived from the round end of the bottom sirloin butt. They are great for grilling, but they can also be braised, sautéed or broiled. Ball tips are considered a lean cut, and since they have a relatively low fat content, it is best if you marinate the steak first. They are at their best when served either rare or medium rare.

If you want to add ball tip steak to your menu, contact your marketing associate. They can also suggest some delicious marinades that will add some great flavor to our steak of the month. And be sure to ask them about future steaks of the month.  

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It’s summer—break out the ice cream

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July 1, 2014
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Ice creamSummer and ice cream are the perfect pairing. As the temperatures rise, there’s nothing better than a refreshingly cold bowl or cone of ice cream.

If you want to add some ice cream to your menu, but don’t know where to start, you’re in luck. Sysco Knoxville has just about everything ice cream-related you could imagine. We have traditional ice cream flavors (like vanilla, strawberry and chocolate) as well as some more unconventional varieties (such as birthday cake, peanut butter & fudge and strawberry cheesecake) to suit all tastes.

But that’s not all the frozen treats available through Sysco Knoxville. We also carry a vast assortment of novelties, including ice cream sandwiches, ice cream bars, popsicles, fruit ice, cones, crunch bars and more.

In fact, we have all the equipment, ice cream and novelties to start your own ice cream shop from the ground up. Contact a marketing associate today to see what flavors, products and varieties we can offer your business today.

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Sysco Knoxville Shares Southern Comfort at June Theme Week

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June 20, 2014
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Chicken and waffle

Sweet tea-marinated fried chicken and smoked Gouda waffles with Southern Comfort syrup and summer pea salad.

On June 3-6, we had some customers over to the Sysco Knoxville Customer Culinary Center to learn some new, seasonal recipes.

This month’s theme was Southern Comfort, and we employed a full range of traditional southern fare. Whether the end product was a southern standby (such as BBQ meatloaf or peaches and cream) or incorporated a familiar comfort food (like the summer gazpacho, featuring watermelon), we covered both sides of the southern cuisine coin.

To add a twist, Chef Warren incorporated the popular spirit, Southern Comfort, into many of the sauces and glazes. So you could say he actually added a touch of Southern Comfort to his food.

We prepared and demonstrated multiple appetizers, entrees and desserts that go great on any summer menu around these parts. We also highlighted some great Sysco products, such as Southern Natural Foods (which grows pork and beef in East Tennessee) and High Road ice cream.

We’d like to thank all the customers who came out for theme week, as well as Chef Warren and his staff for making some excellent southern comfort food.

If you want to see some pictures of the delicious southern comfort dishes created at Theme Week, check out our June Theme Week album on the Sysco Knoxville Facebook page.

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Recipe—Tijuana Burger

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June 17, 2014
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Tijauna-burgerIt’s summer time, which means we’re in prime grilling season. Nothing goes with afternoons by the pool and warm weather like a delicious burger. This Tijuana burger adds a little bit of Mexican flair, making it perfect for a summer menu.

Ingredients

  • 1 ground Angus beef chuck patty
  • 3 oz. shredded Chihuahua cheese
  • ½ fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced into rings
  • 2 oz. diced tomato
  • 2 oz. lettuce, shredded into 1/8-inch strips
  • 1 6” white corn tortilla
  • 2 slices of jalapeno cornbread loaf
  • 1 oz. cornstarch

Directions

Coat the jalapenos with the cornstarch, and deep fry them until they are crispy. Cut the tortilla into strips and deep fry those until crispy as well.

Season and grill the patty. Grill the bread.

Top the patty with cheese and the rest of the ingredients.

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Gluten-Free Foods Available Through Sysco Knoxville

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June 13, 2014
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gluten-free-foodsAs a restaurateur, you’ve probably been familiar with Celiac disease and gluten-free foods for some time. Now, gluten-free items are becoming increasingly popular across the country as a health food item.

Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye), gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape. It is found in many foods containing grains and starches, but it can also be found in items not normally associated with wheat, such as sauces and seasonings.

People with Celiac disease and those who are sensitive or allergic to gluten can suffer from any number of symptoms, including intense stomach pain, from consuming gluten. It’s important to have alternative options for those who can’t eat gluten.

Luckily, Sysco Knoxville has all the necessary products you need to implement a gluten-free menu in your restaurant. We even offer gluten-free flours. Also, if you’re not sure about what precautions to take in order to avoid cross-contamination with gluten, we can train you and your kitchen on how to properly prepare food for a gluten-sensitive customer.

Contact your marketing associate to discover what gluten-free offerings are available through Sysco Knoxville.

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