culinary arts

The A-Team of Culinary Innovators

Creativity is the heart of culinary. And culinary is the heart of your business. We provide big, insight-driven thinking that inspires solutions with consumer appeal and of-the-moment relevance. Our range of expertise extends from fine dining to QSR, contract feeding to grocery retail and industrial.

 

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Hospitality Begins With Food

We believe food is central to hospitality. This special group of classically trained chefs with diverse expertise across categories, chains, commercial and non-commercial, distributors and brokers is at your service. 

  • Flavor Atlas™ proprietary tracking tool
  • Culinary insights
  • Concept and recipe development
  • Culinary trend tours
  • Equipment testing
  • SKU optimization
  • Nutrition analysis
  • Ideation and innovation
  • Full Course: Foodservice Educational Seminars
  • Ferocious Innovation: Virtual experience-based sampling/learning

Featured Culinary Arts Work

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Ferocious Innovation™

Our Propriety Recipe for Success
Ferocious Innovation™ is our three-step innovation process that combines collaboration, strategic thinking and culinary expertise to produce customized menu concepts. Our team creates new opportunities that will successfully enable your business to adapt and thrive in our ever-changing culinary landscape.
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Flavor Atlas

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Flavor Atlas

Curiosity About the World of Flavor Is as Old as the Time
Flavor Atlas is our proprietary tool to track tastes as they move across the food landscape. Covering important food and beverage trends, Flavor Atlas highlights “mainstream,” “opportunity” and “emerging” flavors.

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Cirque

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Cirque

Industry Connectivity, with a Twist
Cirque is our annual showstopping experience that ignites the senses with mouthwatering culinary delights, innovative drinks and see-it-to-believe-it entertainment… all the while bringing together industry leaders for the ultimate networking event. Sponsorship details for 2022 will be available shortly

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Checker's

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Checker's

Keeping Consumers Engaged
Checker’s & Rally’s host multiple vendor summits quarterly. Sessions include market trend tours, collaborative brainstorming, concept development and prototype development to build out the LTO pipeline.

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Trend Tours

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Trend Tours

Get a Real Taste of What’s New
The best way to know what is happening in any given market, or in any given category, is to lace up your shoes and experience it firsthand, tasting what a city has to offer. CSSI brings you a variety of firsthand experiences—from in person, real time tastings at a variety of food and beverage locations in a city of your choice, domestically to internationally—to virtual gatherings with pre-shipped Ferocious Innovation™ kits and a real-time chef demonstration allowing for a shared experience, all with our unique culinary perspective and insight.

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Whipstir™

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Whipstir™

Designed by Chefs for Chefs
Whipstir™ puts your entire recipe library  within easy access of your chef team. If your recipe collection is hiding out in presentation decks, file drawers and servers, Whipstir brings them all together in one place. The experience is intuitive, user-friendly, collaborative and secure.

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Lee Kum Kee

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Lee Kum Kee

Superior Soy Sauce, Reimagined
For their annual Quality Never Compromised campaign, Lee Kum Kee turned to CSSI to develop and execute an integrated communications plan designed to position their soy sauces as second to none. 

Jif Culinary Show

The Alchemedia Project

Jif Culinary Show

The Alchemedia Project

Jif Culinary Show

JIF® Menu Tool & Live Culinary Demo

At a time when peanut butter is surging in popularity and restaurant operators need more support than ever before, Jif Peanut Butter is here to help! The Jif Menu Tool and Live Culinary Demonstration are bold, fun interactive ways to engage operators with, shall we say, “sticky” content they’ll keep coming back for.

Perspectives on Culinary Arts

Yuzu what?

Meredith Daca

Meredith Daca

Senior Culinary Planner
What’s happening in emerging citrus flavors. Lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits. These are the usual suspects when it comes to citrus fruits. But have you tried yuzu?…
Yuzu

The Gastronomic Journey of Coffee

Jorge Cespedes

Jorge Cespedes

Creative Content Director
For a couple hundred years the production of coffee was kept secret in Yemen until the mid-1600’s when a clever and sleek Dutch navy boat was able to sail of the port of Java in Indonesia with a couple of live seedlings…
Millennial drinking coffee

Sriracha: From Obscurity to Mainstream

Jorge Cespedes

Jorge Cespedes

Creative Content Director
It’s safe to say that in the food world, Sriracha has definitely hit its stride as a mainstream ingredient. There are Sriracha subs, Sriracha chips, Sriracha mayo, Sriracha ice cream and even Sriracha vodka, but just 10 years ago, this humble paste of fresh chile peppers, garlic and salt was almost unheard of, until some sort of epic shift occurred launching it from relative obscurity to a mega foodie crush…
Bowl of sriracha and hot peppers

Can Recipes Really Boost Your Product Sales?

Thomas Talbert

Thomas Talbert

VP of Culinary Marketing
Keeping the menu fresh is one of an operator’s most important roles. And providing recipe inspiration is one of yours as a partner. By demonstrating your product’s versatility, your recipes can show time-starved operators how one ingredient can work in multiple items across the menu—benefitting operators and you—with increased sales.…
Chef mixing ingredients into a bowl

A Toast to the Rise of Booze-Free Libations

Jorge Cespedes

Jorge Cespedes

Creative Content Director
Mocktails are by no means “new” beverages, but what is new now is the level of attention paid to them.…
Alcohol-free beautiful mocktail

7 Flavors to Suggest in Your Next Innovation Brainstorm

Meredith Daca

Meredith Daca

Senior Culinary Planner
I bet this has happened to you. You’re in a brainstorm and someone sets up the challenge like, “We need to come up with new tortilla chip flavors: shoot.” Suddenly, you feel like a deer in headlights. It may be the case that you frequently hear about up-and-coming flavors, but you’re not sure if the time is right. Or maybe flavor trends are off your radar altogether…
7 Flavors to Suggest in Your Next Innovation Brainstorm

5 Flavor Imports to Watch

Jorge Cespedes

Jorge Cespedes

Creative Content Director
For decades, there was a widespread notion that persisted in the food industry—all new ethnic flavor imports needed to be “Americanized” so hesitant palates could warm up to the unfamiliar…
Bowl of kimchii

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