Foodservice Programs

Plant-Based Foods: Product Survey Course

Learn how  to veganize just about anything and get great results. Survey the the ingredients used and new food products available that serve as  replacements for eggs, dairy, meat, and seafood.  Receive a resource packet with samples of consumer outreach information, recipes, product specs & wholesale listings, product samples, and a listing of plant-based food manufactureres and distributors.  It’s a one-stop shop for learning the keys to success in building outrageously impressive and tasteful vegan menu options.  

Signature Vegan Meats

Learn how to master the standards; know your tofu and soy products, survey commercial  vegan meat substitutes, then experience making the base for a signature veggie burger, a variety of vegan sausages, and seitan wheat meat to create new plant-based alternatives to traditional meat.  Many new vegan meats are incredibly similar in texture and flavor to their animal- based counterparts, when given the taste test challenge many people can’t tell the difference. Take the taste test, experience the recipes and increase your plant-based center of the plate protein options.

Vegan Appetizers & Hors d’oeuvres

Get practice making vegan small plates and increase the number of vegan options on your appetizer and catering or party menus. Receive instruction, tip, and recipes for the creating the following menu items:  Hummus Variety Plate, the Veggie Burger Slider, Vegan Sausage Sampler, Grilled Organic Artisan Tofu Satay, Asian Lettuce Wraps, Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Crispy Fried Medallions of Organic Artisan Tofu with Dipping Sauce, Stuffed Jalapeños, Tempura Veggies, Vegan Pizza, Vegan Nachos, Vegan Street Tacos, Vegan Cheese Plate, Vegan Meatballs, Vegan Chicken Wings, Vegan Ceviche, Vegan Sushi and Vegan Crabcakes.  Receive the recipes and instruction that will make you vegan ready for any party or event.

Haute Vegan Seafood

Take your menu to the next level with vegan seafood options. Survey the commercially available products then learn how to use simple ingredients to prepare a variety of incredibly tasteful vegan seafood options.  Recipes and instruction include: Vegan Sushi, Vegan Crab Cakes, Mock Tuna Salad, No-Fish Tacos, No-Shrimp Tacos, Vegan Ceviche, Vegan Paella, No-Clam Chowder and a Lobster-Free Bisque.

Simple Keys to Success in Vegan Pastry and Baking

So easy, yet so overlooked.  Vegan baked goods are so similar in flavor and texture to their egg and dairy based counterparts that no one would know the difference.  A good slice of cake is just a good slice of cake and cost does not necessarily go up when a recipe is veganized but consumer interest does.  Fill the gap on your menu where there are no vegan baked goods or desserts and watch your sales grow.  Discover a whole new world of baking and opportunity.   Recipes include:  Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Fresh Fruit Tarts, Vegan Carrot Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Traditional White Cake, Coconut Wedding Cake, Lemon Layer Cake,  Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownies, Lemon Bars, Streusel Topped Berry Muffins, Golden Banana Nut Muffins, Carrot Raisin Morning Glory Muffins, Maple Oat Nut Scones, Scones, Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast, Donuts, Strudels, Baklava, Chocolate Confections, Non-Dairy Ice Cream and Sorbet.


Vegan Baker Angel Wright Hughes, Whole Foods Hillcrest


New Product Development 

Plant-based foods preparation is a new and emerging field of the study in culinary arts. Many chefs with traditional training are left with very few options on their menus when it comes to filling a vegan or gluten-free menu request, that’s where New Options links the products and services that help fill the gap.

Experience exceptional ingredients and recipes that make plant-based foods preparation easy.  Trial a variety of  meat substitutes, egg substitutes, dairy alternatives and and even vegan seafood options.  Almost anything can be “veganized” and featured here is a new favorite.  The vegan cheesecake at Whole Foods Hillcrest made with a base of organic nigari tofu. The beautiful cheesecake above is vegan baker Angel Wright Hughes own version of the New Options: Basic Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake


Wholesale Products

New Options works with product manufactures and foodservice professionals to bring together the products and services needed to expand vegan and gluten-free menu options.  Get to know some of the best local products available to support vegan menu development.  To request samples and information contact:

Premium quality cold pressed juices, assortment of fresh salads, organic and conventional cut fruits and vegetables,  salsas, vegan wraps, veggie burgers, and vegan baked goods, a full line of Mediterranean foods, and Central California fresh vacuum-packed artichokes.


Is Your Foodservice Establishment a Candidate for the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant Campaign?


The Surfrider Foundation is helping to raise awareness to the environmental impacts of the use of plastics and styrofoam in foodservice. Tons of plastic and styrofoam are floating around in our oceans and washing up on our beaches.  Restaurants that choose environmentally friendly disposables and follow good recycling programs are awarded and recognized for their efforts to help curb this epidemic. Get recognized with social media and an endorsement from the Surfrider Foundation.  If your restaurant would like more information and learn about the benefits of qualifying for the program visit: Rise Above Plastics

If your restaurant follows ocean friendly practices the Surfrider Foundation wants to reward you. Review qualifications at the Rise Above Plastics website.  Qualified candidates receive a Surfrider Ocean Friendly window sticker and Surfrider Foundation endorsements through social media, newsletters and special events including beach clean ups.  Pictured below, Soy Leaf Healthy Grill, Pacifica del Mar, Jimmy’s Famous Tavern, OB Warehouse.