Category Archives: test kitchen

Cooking with ‘Nduja


Sometimes, nothing hits the spot more than a simple piece of toast adorned with a butter, jelly or chocolate spread. Of course, if you’re in Europe and some other parts of the world, Marmite (yeast extract) or pate might be your spread of choice. But have you ever heard of ‘nduja (pronounced “en-DOO-ya”)?

Read more about ‘nduja: Ingredient Spotlight: ‘Nduja

Umami can be your kitchen’s secret weapon

By Joan Lang

Fish Sauce | Image credit: Flickr by Annie Mole

Fish Sauce | Image credit: Flickr by Annie Mole

Sweet, salty, sour, bitter… and umami. Derived from a Japanese word for “deliciousness,” the so-called fifth taste has taught us not only about why some foods are so satisfying, but also about the very nature of human appetite.

You may have heard or read about umami …

Read more on how your restaurant can benefit from umami flavors.

How do you compete with large chain restaurants?

Think of all the Denny’s and Norm’s and other breakfast chains that dot the landscape. That’s a huge monster to compete against!  How can your restaurant start up compete with these gargantuan restaurant chains?

Consider that every ordinary item on your restaurant business menu can be elevated to the extraordinary with a mere pinch, dash or sprinkle of something that enhances a taste beyond anything expected.

Think beyond the ordinary to a vast array of consumables in your restaurant that could be amped up with a slight change.  Dean and Danny’s offers:

  • Custom Spice Blends for your restaurant menu
  • Meat and Sausage Seasonings, Vacuum-Tumble Marinades, Rubs, Pumps, Injections
  • Soups, Salad Dressings and Sauces
  • Beverages, Gourmet Coffee, Cocoa Mix, Cocktail Flavorings and Spice Mixes
  • Dough Set-Ups for Rolls, Muffins, Breads, Cookies, Cakes, Brownies, Crusts for Pies, Pizzas and Calzones
  • Batters for Pancakes, Waffles and Other Breakfast Foods
  • Bulk Spices of All Types
  • Gourmet Seasonings
  • Snack Food Flavors
  • Private Label Manufacturing promoting your restaurant business

Delicious grill seasonings

Can you imagine the possibilities? Good! Let’s get cooking!

To Your Success…

Dean Small and Danny Bendas

Synergy Restaurant Consultants

Where You Meet Matters

We have some very exciting news to share – We’ve moved. Yes, we have moved into our new test kitchen facility at Dana Point harbor and it is impressive.
Where You Meet Matters! The Synergy Innovation and Conference Facilities is nestled at the tip of Dana Point Harbor with magnificent and unobstructed views of the marina and Catalina Island. Our scenic waterfront location provides both large and small groups with a unique ocean view environment that will expand creative thinking and the ability to express ‘big ideas’ and explore new business opportunities.

If you are looking for the next big idea this is the place to find it.