MenuMasters Awards

Sodexo's Crisol Latin Kitchen Receives Culinary Excellence Award for Menu Development

Latin cuisine concept recognized as Best Menu Revamp in 2016 MenuMasters Awards
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Crisol Latin Kitchen Receives Culinary Excellence Award for Menu Development


Sodexo is being recognized by Nation's Restaurant News with the coveted MenuMasters Award for culinary excellence in menu development for taking traditional Mexican cuisine to new levels with its new Crisol Latin Kitchen. This Sodexo-branded concept, developed by the company's Culinary Solutions team, is the winner of the Best Menu Revamp category in the 2016 awards program. MenuMasters honor those who have created menu items that Nation's Restaurant News editors have judged to have a significant impact on the foodservice industry.

Sodexo's Culinary Solutions team developed Crisol Latin Kitchen, with the help of celebrity chef Roberto Santibañez and the expertise of Sodexo's own chefs throughout North America, to allow consumers to engage in authentic Latin American cuisine, enjoy the unique and authentic flavors and explore the different countries and cultures all at the same time. Crisol offers a variety of menu options from Latin countries around the world, such as yucca fries; tostones, or smashed, fried plantains; ajiaco, a Colombian chicken stew; moqueca de camarão, a Brazilian seafood stew; and cochinita pibil, a braised pork dish from Yucatán. 

The concept emulates traditional Latin dining styles: Antojos, Portables and Platos. Antojos is Spanish for small-plate or "cravings." Portables are foods you can eat on the run or with your hands such as Cubano sandwiches and Mexican hot dogs with spicy cabbage, avocado, pickled red onion, cilantro mayonnaise and mustard; Platos are more substantial meals, usually served on a plate.

"We identified that the market is heavily saturated with fast casual Mexican concepts and through our consumer insights research, we know that our guests are looking for quality, experience and authenticity," said Jennifer Schmalz, director of brand management for Sodexo Culinary Solutions. "Our vision was to go beyond Mexican and give our clients and consumers a Latin dining experience, featuring food from different cuisines, not usually found in one location."

Sodexo currently operates Crisol Latin Kitchen at Stony BrookUniversity in Stony Brook, NY and has more locations planned to open later in the year.

Sodexo's Crisol Latin Kitchen and the other 2016 MenuMaster Awards winners will be honored at a celebration at the Drake Hotel in Chicago on May 21.

Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North Americathat enhances organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The global Fortune 500 Company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations. 

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