Many Americans from my generation grew up being exposed to the dinner roll.
Dinner rolls can come in many shapes......
Standard Roll -
Pull A Parts -
Bread Sticks -
Parker House -
Butter Fans -
But almost always, they are scaled at the same size. 1 and 1/2 ounces each.
This isn't nessasarily written on any documents, but I guess it's just one of those unspoken rules.
When I was a kid growing up, when you went to a restaurant, getting a bread basket wasn't a special treat. It was an entitlement.
More often than not your basket would come with rolls that ranged in color, shape and texture.
I was always grabbing for the black rolls.
I remember that if our table was placed close to the kitchen, we'd gooseneck and try to see if they'd recycle the dinner rolls that previous diners didn't consume.
So how does a restaurant, or event know how many pieces they should have on hand each night?
Well, the age old formula is to determine how many diners you will be having, and then times that by 1 1/2.
At the begining of this new millenium dinner rolls were almost on the extintsion list, but for reasons unknown to me....they are coming back stronger than ever.
However, many accounts that are ordering them are trying to build their own unique brand by adding some really sexy ingrients into them.
Truth be told....I think your grand parents dinner roll will only be able to be seen in your rear view mirror.
Next week I am baking a new flavor combination for the most prestigous hotel in my state.
There hotel has housed Presidents, Popes and Prime Ministers. I always find it such an honor to be associated with any projects that they are doing.
In 8 or 9 days they will be holding one of their biggest events of the years and I will be making 2100 pieces of product for them.
I'm going to list the flavor combo's and give you guys a week to pick which selection the most discerning palates in my state are coveting.
You can bet that the roll that they go with with become en vogue, and for the next year it will be the item that all the "Beautiful People" will be partaking of when they come to the Twin Cities.
The following that I am about to submit, were sent out in a series of exhaustive taste testings over the last several months. Today I found out the winner.
So here you go L.A.B. groupies, which one of these is going to be the rage, and why?
Blue Cheese Roll (Scored on Top)
Honey Thyme Roll
Dill / Sunflower Breadstick
White Cheddar / Black Pepper Bread Stick
Basil / Feta Roll
Lemon Tarragon Bagatini
BTW....If its any consilation, I didn't guess correctly.
Let the wild rumpus began....I wanna here what you're thinking.