Classic comfort mixed with artisanal flair

To Press Releases listToronto, ON,Oct 17, 2007

The scents of home-cooked apple pie, roast beef and baked potatoes, are all reminiscent of home cooking, but do these familiar flavours and aromas really keep customers returning for second helpings? Absolutely, in fact a poll* revealed that more than two-thirds of North Americans eat comfort foods once or more a week. This is an important factor to take into consideration when developing a menu and, with the fall/winter season around the corner, more customers will be looking for foods, like mac and cheese that remind them of their childhood. More importantly, how do Canadian chefs and operators take the time to develop these labour-intensive dishes to meet the comfort cravings of their customers without sacrificing some culinary flair?

“Over the past few years I have noticed a trend towards incorporating twists on home-cooked favourites, like macaroni and cheese and lasagna, on operator menus,” commented Chef Lotte Andersson, Corporate Chef, Nestlé Professional. “The challenge with preparing these traditional dishes is keeping them different from mom’s. STOUFFER’S® new Vermont Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese with Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Spinach and Goat Cheese Lasagna provide operators and chefs with two fantastic sophisticated solutions that won’t alienate customers with too many changes to the traditional flavours and aromas they love.”

Comfort goes Country

As new twists on traditional comfort foods pop up on restaurant menus, customers are recognizing the value of fresh ingredients from independent producers and farms. Following this vein, STOUFFER’S, the out-of-home cooking experts, have developed the Vermont Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Spinach and Goat Cheese Lasagna with this trend in mind. Both products incorporate independently farmed cheeses from well-known North American agriculture centres in Vermont and Sonoma County, California.

The addition of these ingredients not only evokes the emotion of a home-cooked meal, but increases the exclusivity and refinement of the product. For instance, STOUFFER’S Spinach and Goat Cheese Lasagna features luxurious chèvre from Laura Chenel Chèvre® in Sonoma County. Laura Chenel founded this signature chèvre in 1979 and since then this creamy goat cheese has become an inspiring ingredient used by a variety of North American chefs.

The Vermont Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese with Applewood Smoked Bacon is also reminiscent of home with a touch of the country that customers embrace. The star ingredient in this twist on mac and cheese is the award-winning Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese from the family-owned and operated cooperative Cabot® Creamery in Vermont.

“The beauty of these two dishes is that labour and time-stretched operators can offer exclusive ingredients in two great tasting comfort dishes without having to source the product themselves,” commented Lotte Andersson, Corporate Chef, Nestlé FoodServices. “To complete the farm-fresh theme, add a green salad or seasonal vegetable from local producers.”

With reliable STOUFFER’S out-of-home products like Vermont Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Spinach and Goat Cheese Lasagna, operators can feel proud to include dishes that feature fresh high-quality ingredients without taking away from popular family cooked favourites that customers savour.

*According to ICR’s Fall 2004 Country Crock Side Dishes Comfort Food Survey

About Nestlé Professional

NESTLÉ PROFESSIONAL™ is dedicated to being an inspiring growth partner that delivers creative, branded food and beverage solutions, enabling foodservice operators to delight their guests. From innovative beverage systems under the NESCAFÉ® and COFFEE-MATE® brands, to on-trend culinary items like STOUFFER’S® and MINOR’S®, NESTLÉ PROFESSIONAL meets the needs of foodservice operators while satisfying the tastes of the out-of-home consumer. NESTLÉ PROFESSIONAL is part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s leading nutrition, health and Wellness Company— with sales of $108 billion. For foodservice product news and information, visit