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 […]

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 […]

Seasonal flavours are trending on restaurant menus

The holidays are right around the corner and many restaurants are already getting into the spirit with LTOs featuring their favourite seasonal flavours. This trend seems to be arriving earlier each year, with large chains kicking off the season as early as October. With 54 per cent of operators saying that LTOs are a central […]

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 […]

Canadian consumers have a taste for sweet treats

As consumer habits continue to shift and off-premise dining remains a popular option, desserts and sweet treats are making their way onto more and more takeout orders. According to the 2022 Online Ordering Trends report from Restaurants Canada, this is an ongoing trend, with baked goods taking top spot in the delivery and pickup category […]

How inflation has impacted Canadian Thanksgiving

The ever-increasing food prices are affecting Canadian households across the board, from grocery shopping to family celebrations. Going into Thanksgiving, Canadians were looking at this year’s holiday a little differently, with 88 per cent expecting to be impacted by inflation and 18 per cent expecting to spend less than last year. From turkey to sides, […]

The hospitality industry gets a break from the federal government

As the hospitality industry continues to struggle with labour shortages and inflation costs, rising credit card fees have further challenged the industry. The federal government has pledged to step in, however, to help provide some relief. As part of their 2022 fall economic statement, the federal government has committed to enter into negotiations with the […]

Consumers still want to dine out, even amid recession concerns

As the holidays approach and so does the possibility of a recession, there are mixed reviews on predicted restaurant traffic.   Dining in restaurants is on the decline for people with lower incomes. In this year’s second quarter, one of four diners bringing in less than $45,000 per year didn’t eat out at all. That […]

2022’s Culinary Federation National Annual Conference

By Ryan Marquis, Culinary Federation National President June was an exciting month, with 200 chefs, cooks, and culinary partners gathered in Saskatoon for the first Culinary Federation National Annual Conference since 2019. We were thrilled to be back in person to Reset, Reconnect, and Revive the culinary industry through networking, education sessions, product showcases, culinary […]

Restaurant catering picks up speed as employees return to work

As businesses continue to recover from the pandemic and employees return to work, the demand for restaurant catering is on the rise. According to ezCater, corporate catering booking sales were up 185 per cent last month over January 2022. That looks set to continue through 2023, too, as businesses resume in-person client meetings, book corporate […]