Foodservice Resources

Looking for inspiration?  Tap into some valuable resources for new ideas featuring fresh Grapes from California.


Chef's Guide

A Chef’s Guide to Fresh and Flavorful Ideas Featuring California Grapes” is a free, full-color visual reference guide for chefs to assist in menu innovation and inspiration for menu items that work in on- and off-premise dining. This guide includes a flavor pairing chart and ideas for new concepts that work across the menu.



School Foodservice Study

A study conducted through the Texas A&M University looked at the effects on overall plate waste when fresh grapes were offered compared to when they were not offered as part of school lunches for elementary and middle schools.  The results are available below for download.  View a news release on the study here.

A summary of the study conducted through the Texas A&M University is available for download.  The summary includes background, results, and key takeaways.

There are many reasons to choose California grapes in school foodservice.  From easy ways to add grapes to the menu, to basics on grapes and health, grapes in schools are a smart strategy.  To learn more, download Grapes in Schools: A Smart Strategy available below.



Foodservice Guide

“Trends in Foodservice: Featuring Grapes from California,” a free full-color booklet featuring tips and ideas on how grapes can, according to the guide, “Enliven the menu, elevate the fun, and accent the plate.” Click here to order print version.



Retail Foodservice Guide

“On Trend in Retail Foodservice:  Focus on Fresh.  Go for Global,” a free full-color guide offers guidance for navigating the ever-changing world of retail foodservice, providing the latest trends and tips for offering fresh prepared foods that will resonate with consumers.  Click here to order print version.



Visit Grapes Make the Plate
Pages on the CIA ProChef Website

Check out our collection of chef-created recipes, teaching videos and more! Click here to go to the website.


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Californians have been cultivating grapes for more than two centuries. Today, 99 percent of U.S. table grapes are produced in California's warm, dry climate that is ideal for grape growing. With 80 grape varieties grown, California grapes come in three colors—green, red, and black—and are in season from May through January.

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