5 food holidays to celebrate in December, from comfort food to champagne

By Megan Prevost This month is jam-packed full of holiday cheer already, but just in case you’re looking for a little bit more to celebrate before the end of the year, we’ve got five more food holidays in December for you! Featuring a food holiday at your bar or restaurant is a great way to […]

How helping your community this season can boost sales

As the holidays draw nearer and gatherings become more popular, a sense of community becomes even more important for your customers and for your business. While December is often a busy month with catering and parties, you can limit any lulls by hosting an event that helps your community. 77 per cent of consumers say […]

Concepts to Watch: Craft Beer Market, Waves Coffee House, Press’d Sandwich Shop

By: Katie Belflower Making a name for yourself means offering your customers something that is unique to your restaurant. In the most recent edition of Concepts to Watch, RestoBiz and Technomic focus on three unique restaurant concepts that stand out in the Canadian foodservice industry. This month, Craft Beer Market, Waves Coffee House, and Press’d Sandwich […]

A seasonal menu can benefit your business

Winter is on the horizon and as seasons change, so should your restaurant. Heating replaces your air conditioning, your patio closes or is revamped, and your menu gets a makeover with a seasonal spin.   John Moody, co-founder and Chief Strategist of Restaurant365, writes that getting the winter crowd through your doors doesn’t have to […]

Upcycling food waste for sustainable packaging

Food waste is a growing global concern for the foodservice industry and beyond, and upcycling has emerged as a way to work toward balance. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, over one-third of all food produced is wasted or lost, translating to 2.3 million tonnes of edible food being wasted […]

Top 5 books for restaurant owners

By Megan Prevost Many professional fields provide opportunities to grow through the pursuit of outside research and books. Taking a little time to read up on your work can pay back huge dividends in performance, but often this doesn’t ring true for fields where experience is king. Experience is the best teacher in many arenas, […]

Creating a functional outdoor winter dining experience

Canadians love their patio season, so creating an outdoor winter dining experience is great for your bottom line. For a successful winter experience, you need to decide whether to make your patio a working winter space or whether creating something new is more your style. Using your existing patio With 49 per cent of full-service […]

Restaurants think pink and beyond for 2023 menus

As the holiday season starts to ramp up and the end of 2022 draws nearer, what can restaurants expect to see trending in 2023? From flavours to colours, next year’s menus are expected to focus on comfort foods, fermenting, and all things pink.  According to Technomic, we can look forward to several new food trends […]

Ghost kitchens are evolving as restaurant challenges continue

Ghost kitchens popped up during the pandemic as a creative way to keep kitchens open when dining areas were closed. But as the demand for off-premise dining continues to hit record highs, the ghost kitchen concept is evolving. They began as a kind of a mystery, with many ghost kitchens opening in secret locations, allowing […]

Finding a way to raise your restaurant’s profit margin

As inflation continues, it may be tempting to raise menu prices to offset costs and maximize your margins, but there’s another way. Rather than increasing what you charge, get creative with cutting costs to raise your profit margin.   Improving your profit margin means you need to know your current numbers. While your gross profit […]