Industry News | June 15, 2016

Newk's Grills Up Summer Specials

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Speaking to the season, Newk’s Eatery’s fresh introductions bring to the table iconic summer flavors with grilled vegetables, fresh summer salads and savory imported prosciutto. This summer, guests will be able to enjoy four new salad choices, including the Grilled Veggie Salad, Kale Caesar Salad, Bowtie Caesar Pasta Salad, and Bowtie Pesto Pasta Salad. Newk’s summer menu also features the new Farmer’s Market Sandwich, an Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza, and the return of the seasonal favorite Red, White, and Blueberry Salad.

“Newk’s summer menu this year involves a few firsts for us,” says CMO Alan Wright. “Grilled vegetables, imported Prosciutto di Parma and a round of new salad options are new to our restaurants and fall in line with the season’s food trends calling for fresh, grilled and savory flavors reminiscent of summer cookouts and meals straight from the farmer’s market.”

Served hot off the grill, Newk’s Grilled Veggie Salad features a fresh mix of zucchini, eggplant, and asparagus, grilled in-house and basted with a savory blend of extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper to enhance the vegetables’ natural garden-fresh flavors. Layered in with house-roasted sweet corn, sundried tomatoes, green onions, and crisp romaine fillets, the Grilled Veggie Salad’s smoky taste is complemented by the rich flavors of Newk’s homemade balsamic dressing. For sandwich lovers, Newk’s Farmer’s Market Sandwich delivers that same grilled flavor with grilled squash, zucchini, and portabella mushrooms— topped with caramelized onions, imported Gouda cheese, sliced tomatoes, and fresh spinach. The sandwich is finished off with Newk’s new creamy house-made basil mayo, which carries a hint of summer heat with a pinch of cayenne pepper seamlessly blended with fresh chopped basil.

Basil makes a second appearance with Newk’s Bowtie Pesto Pasta Salad—a light fusion of bowtie pasta, grape tomatoes, and Feta cheese, tossed in basil and garlic pesto sauce. Putting a new spin on a classic dish, Newk’s Bowtie Caesar Pasta Salad tosses bowtie pasta in with crisp Romaine lettuce, sundried tomatoes, imported Parmesan cheese, house-made croutons, and anchovy-free Caesar dressing. For a healthy alternative, Newk’s Kale Caesar Salad features imported Parmesan cheese, house-made croutons, and house-made Caesar dressing on a bed of fresh Kale leaves. Guests can take any of these salads to the next level by adding their choice of shrimp, salmon, or chicken.

Rounding out Newk’s summer menu, Newk’s Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza pairs delicately-sliced imported Prosciutto di Parma with peppery Arugula that has been tossed in Newk’s signature lemon basil vinaigrette dressing. The sumptuous blend is served over a base of creamy Ricotta and shredded Mozzarella cheeses, oven-baked on Newk’s artisan dough that is brushed with house-made rosemary olive oil for a full-bodied flavor experience.

Newk’s guest-favorite Red, White and Blueberry Salad is also returning for the summer, serving up a fresh seasonal mix of juicy sliced watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, Feta cheese, and pecans, topped with a sweet fat-free raspberry vinaigrette.

“With prices beginning at $4.99 and $5.99, our new entrée salads deliver a high value food experience at a modest price point,” Wright says. “Summer is salad season, and with these additions, our menu now includes more than 15 fresh salad choices.”

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