Profits Heat Up With Turkey On The Table

October 24, 2012

Sherrie Rosenblatt, National Turkey Federation
202-898-0100 ext. 233,
or Leslee McGovern, Devine & Pearson
617-472-2700 ext. 137

The National Turkey Federation's (NTF) "Turkey, Savor the Success" series on features a special recipe page of turkey dishes that offer the best value. The collection includes 16 recipes from commercial foodservice professionals in restaurants, hotels, catering operations and delis that have food costs ranging from 13 to 25 percent.

The Turkey Burger served at Kowalski's Market in St. Paul, Minn., presents the most modest food cost at 13 percent while Turkey Paillard with Pecans from J. Huston Catering, San Francisco, Calif., comes in at 25 percent. In the middle at a food cost of 19 percent, are Smoked Jerk Turkey Thighs from Susan Goss, Smoked Turkey Picadillo Tostadas from Gary Kucy and Turkey Fried Steak with Sausage Gravy and Jalapeno Biscuits from Robert and Ouida Merrifield.

Operators may access the recipe feature by simply logging on to, clicking on the "foodservice" tab, choosing "Savor the Success" and then the featured recipe link entitled "value of turkey." This connects to the featured recipe page where foodservice professionals can view the applications and link to even more recipes from a database of 650+ offerings.

"Turkey is a good value," notes Sherrie Rosenblatt, NTF's senior director of marketing and communications. "Chefs that succeed with it appreciate its food cost as much as its consumer appeal and versatility. This recipe feature shares some of those applications."

Every month will have a new "Turkey, Savor the Success" feature from menu categories such as brunch or salads, from individual chefs in commercial and non-commercial operations or from ethnic cuisines such as Mexican and Caribbean. Once showcases a feature it will be added to a "Turkey, Savor the Success" page and will continue to be linked to NTF's popular recipe database. Here foodservice professionals can access not only the new dishes, but also a library of more than 650 innovative turkey applications, nine "Virtual Menu" applications and 30 celebrity chef demonstrations.

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for all segments of the turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities that increase demand for its members' products by protecting and enhancing their ability to profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious products. Its award-winning web site,, offers consumers, food professionals and the media an extensive library of information including healthy eating and restaurant trends, turkey cuts and purchasing tips, turkey nutrition and cooking techniques, and turkey facts and trivia. Additionally, the site presents a searchable database of more than 1,500 recipes, offers a recipe E-mail program and provides special seasonal and holiday ideas. The National Turkey Federation is headquartered in Washington, D.C.