ACTION STATIONS

Table of food overhead

Action stations bring drama to the dining room without adding too much in labor cost. And as most action stations are in dining rooms with a repeat-customer business, providing better-for-you options is key. As Jason “Jay Z.” Ziobrowski, corporate chef, Eastern region, InHarvest, travels frequently, helping non-commercial outlets set up dynamic action stations; we tapped him for his top three ideas featuring whole grains.


Chef Jason Ziobrowski

1. Quinoa Stir Fry Station

  • Ingredients: Tri-Color Quinoa with Short-Grain Brown Rice, fresh vegetables and grilled protein choices (chicken, beef or tofu).
  • Prep: Cook and chill quinoa; cook and chill brown rice. Combine to a ratio that fits your pricing structure. Blanch vegetables; mix together; chill, or keep separate for customization element. Grill proteins; chill.
  • Set up: Quinoa/brown rice mix on ice; vegetable mix on ice; protein mix on ice; sesame oil, gluten free soy sauce, minced fresh ginger and garlic.

2. Tuxedo Barley Jambalaya Station

  • Ingredients: Tuxedo Barley™ (black barley with waxy hulless white barley), fresh vegetables and grilled protein choices (chicken, Andouille sausage, tofu)
  • Prep: Cook and chill Tuxedo Barley™. Blanch vegetables; mix together; chill, or keep separate for customization element. Grill proteins; chill.
  • Set up: Tuxedo Barley™ on ice; vegetable mix on ice; protein mix on ice; vegetable oil, jambalaya spice blend and minced fresh garlic.

3. Vegetarian Sliders Station

  • Build number-one: Quinoa & Farro Vegetarian Sliders
  • Ingredients: Red Quinoa and Farro, tofu, panko, garlic, cilantro, vegetable stock, chili powder, cumin, egg whites (get recipe) and tomato relish and mini buns
  • Prep: Prep sliders; chill. Prep tomato relish; chill.
  • Set up: slider patties on ice; tomato relish on ice; olive oil, buns; sear off sliders to order (3 min. a side)
  • Build number-two: Greenwheat Freekeh Mini Burger
  • Ingredients: Greenwheat Freekeh, panko, garlic, onion, celery, carrot, red bell pepper, cilantro, mozzarella, vegetable stock, paprika, eggs (get recipe), traditional garnishes, mini whole-grain buns
  • Prep: Prep sliders, cook them off; chill.
  • Set up: slider patties on ice; garnishes on ice; canola oil, whole-grain buns; brown sliders to order