Food holidays to celebrate in September

As back-to-school approaches and summer weather comes to an end, you want to keep customers engaged and interested in your menu – and returning to your restaurant this September. Celebrating food holidays gives you the perfect opportunity to reinterest your existing guests while attracting new attention to your menu. September’s food holidays make it easy […]

Are you giving your guests what they want?

From the menu to the experience, guests have an expectation when they visit your restaurant. Are you delivering on that expectation? Do you know what your guests want from your restaurant? Datassential’s mid-year trend report gives us a look at what diners value most when they go out to eat these days, as we proceed […]

Cocktails are raising the bar with texture, function, and nature

By Katie Belflower How are cocktails faring, as inflation continues, and what trends are hitting menus this year? Although alcoholic beverage item counts are still not back to pre-pandemic levels, with an 8.3 per cent decline on menus since Q1 of 2020, mentions are up 5.2 per cent on menus in the past year, revealing […]

Celebrating August’s best food holidays

If you’re in the mood to celebrate, August offers some unique holidays your restaurant guests can enjoy! Celebrating food holidays gives your restaurant something to promote, a new way to get guests interested in your menu, and a fresh reason for customers to visit. Here are some of the food holidays you can celebrate at […]

Trend Watch: Green strawberries, chrysanthemums, and aloe beverages

By Katie Belflower This month’s edition of Trend Watch with Technomic takes a look at some of the unique menu trends being featured across Canada. We are highlighting green strawberries, chrysanthemums, and aloe beverages, and including some of the restaurants that are successfully showcasing these items on their menus. Green strawberries Trending at independent restaurants […]

July food holidays to celebrate at your restaurant

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate food holidays, get people excited to be out on the patio, and draw in a new seasonal crowd. You can go big with décor and entertainment, or you can scale down to include just a few feature items on your menu. Celebrating food holidays is a great way […]

Trend Watch: Mochiko chicken, chioggia beets, yuba

By Katie Belflower In the most recent edition of Trend Watch with Technomic, we highlight three current top menu trends across Canada. This month we are focusing on mochiko chicken, chioggia beets, and yuba, showcasing some of the restaurants that are successfully featuring these items on their menu. Mochiko chicken Hawaiian mochiko chicken, a dish […]

Off-premise dining continues to help restaurant revenues grow

As the seasons change, and restaurants get ready to open their patios and continue to fill their tables, off-premise dining is still in hot demand. Takeout and delivery helped many restaurants survive the pandemic and get back on their feet afterward, and it will continue to help the industry grow well into 2023. It seems […]

Restaurants and bars to be hit with Canada’s new alcohol tax hike

Amid the foodservice industry’s struggle to recover, the Canadian government is getting ready to introduce the largest alcohol tax hike in history. On April 1, the federal alcohol duty is set to go up 6.3 per cent. The yearly increase has always been considered a nuisance for the industry, as alcohol excise duties are imposed […]

St. Patrick’s Day menu ideas for your restaurant

By Mark Plumlee Everyone’s a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, which means that it’s the perfect time to create a specialty holiday menu inspired by the Emerald Isle! Irish beer and whiskey are a great start but don’t stop there. Be sure to add plenty of Irish and Irish-inspired dishes to round out your […]