French menu to feature beans
October 25, 2002
The National Dry Bean Council (NDBC) is working with a French food service group to organize a menu promotion featuring U.S. dry beans at a restaurant chain in the fall of 2002.
A French importer has agreed to supply the beans, purchasing the needed quantities from a U.S. source that is willing to ship a mixed container for the purposes of the promotion. The beans would then be routed through a wholesaler who normally supplies the food service group, thereby establishing a commercial supply chain that may grow and develop following the actual 2-week promotion.
The leading French food service magazine, Néo-Restauration, featured an NDBC dry bean recipe in its May issue. The recipe, Salade été (summer salad), is a colorful mixture of U.S. Great Northern beans, dark red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, French green beans, red peppers, fresh coriander, parsley and laurel, tossed in a salad dressing of coconut milk, lemon juice and grated ginger.