Best of Reinhart Country Bar & Grill
Each of the five Grand Prize winners will receive a $2,000 purchase credit from Reinhart as well as coverage in the this edition of the Reinhart Restaurant Inc magazine.
When it comes to the Bar & Grill segment, we at Reinhart have some pretty incredible customers. From traditional pub fare to innovative takes on classic favorites, Reinhart customers within the Bar & Grill segment are certainly not cookie-cutter in their approach to menu development.
We wanted to find out just how creative our customers in Bar & Grill could be, so we searched far and wide for original recipes that could impress even the most knowledgeable critics in the foodservice space. We wanted innovative, delicious, awe-inspiring dishes and the entries we received blew us away. With over 200 submissions in five categories – Appetizers, Cocktails, Side Dishes, Desserts, and Burgers – we had an extremely tough competition on our hands.
Between two rounds of judging, contestants endured rigorous evaluation. In Round 1, our panel of qualified judges narrowed the scope of the competition down to twenty-five recipes based on each entry's creativity, the completeness of their recipe instructions, how well they adhered to the category theme, the ease of execution in preparing the recipe and the content of their original essay about the recipe. Those twenty-five finalists went on to Round 2, where they were recreated by qualified chefs and judged based on their taste, originality, appearance and texture.
As you’ll see in the pages ahead, the top 25 finalists each go above and beyond in their recipes. From a gooey Mac & Cheese infused with truffle oil and lobster meat to a burger that’s wrapped in a tortilla and swimming in delicious homemade guacamole, the Reinhart operators behind these recipes aren’t kidding around when it comes to flavor, presentation and spectacular ingenuity.
While the Sides, Appetizers, Cocktails and Desserts all wowed our panel of judges (a key lime sponge cake with bacon-infused whipped cream; a smooth caramel cocktail with a salty-sweet rim; a smoky beet salad with blackberry vinaigrette; homemade nachos smothered in a crawfish & cheese sauce…) the Burgers were the star of the show. Quintessential to the Bar & Grill segment, the five burgers represented in the Best of Reinhart competition were anything but average. Recipes ranged from blueberry-infused patties to lamb with mint garnish, to traditional yet succulent beef. Judges were absolutely floored by the variation in the recipes and by how delicious each and every entry tasted!
In the end, only one burger could be crowned the Best of Bar & Grill, and only one cocktail, dessert, appetizer and side dish could come out on top. As you flip through the next few pages of Restaurant Inc you’ll see gorgeous photographs of each of these winners and the twenty finalists who gave them a run for their money. You’ll also get a glimpse into the inspiration behind the dishes and get to know the people and restaurants that make these recipes come to life.
As you read about these exceptional operators, use their stories and ideas to gauge how innovation can play on your menu, what flavors and trends will make a splash in your market and what could make one of your recipes the next BEST in Reinhart Country! It’s inspiring to see how one simple idea for a new cocktail, a creative dessert, an innovative side dish or a killer burger can propel a restaurant to be renowned in their marketplace and beyond.
Enjoy getting to know Reinhart’s BEST in Bar & Grill!