Rethinking themed restaurant design

By Judy Henderson We’ve all been to a themed restaurant; perhaps you’ve salivated over smoked beef brisket served by a gentleman resembling John Wayne, or you’ve tucked into moussaka beside a mural depicting Santorini on the Aegean Sea. There’s certainly a place for these kinds of restaurants but as a modern hospitality designer, I tend […]

Restaurant service training techniques

By Doug Radkey Throughout the restaurant industry, the phrase ‘it’s not my job’ can simply not exist. It is every employees job to provide memorable customer service; from management to the back-of-house employees, and of course through to the front-of-house team. All employees must work as one cohesive unit to ensure an unforgettable guest experience. […]

Using institutional foodservice to improve seniors’ quality of life

By Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk A recent study from Sodexo and the University of Ottawa Life Research Institute explores how the five senses impact the quality of life of residents living in long-term care communities. Research found in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds that even though the population of seniors is rapidly growing, minimal […]

#metoo: Sexual harassment and complicity in the restaurant industry

eLearning course helps workers identify harassment and provides intervention training By Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk Being a server at a restaurant can be a physically demanding job: carrying trays full of drinks, changing kegs and being on your feet all day can take a toll on the body. But what many people don’t consider is that it […]

Seasonal hiring best practices

By Karen and Ross Horton It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time when business is booming. Thanks to the influx of spending and time spent by consumers out of the house running errands and shopping, restaurants face a busy season and a need for additional workers. With so many seasonal jobs available, […]

Keep pests off the menu this winter

By Alice Sinia, Ph.D. As the weather cools, winter months can force unwanted pests inside to stay warm or to overwinter. Food, shelter and water attract pests, and your restaurant offers these resources. As these dirty, nuisance and destructive invaders seek relief from the cold, it’s important that you create a defense and prepare your […]

Restaurant concepts to watch this December

By Aaron Jourden In the December 2017 edition of restaurant concepts to watch, we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: The Captain’s Boil Instagram: 13,100 followers | Facebook: 12,072 likes | Twitter: 1,447 followers Locations: […]

Protecting customer data at restaurants

By Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk By now, everyone has heard of the data breach at credit bureau Equifax, which only impacted about 8,000 Canadians, but was estimated to have effected over 145 million American customers, according to an Oct. 2 article from CBC. Lesser known, however, are the data breaches that have hit restaurants, and there have […]

Five common franchisee mistakes to avoid on your road to success

By Rick Villalpando Whether you’re a first-time franchisee or about to open your fifth location, the road to achieving success is never an easy one. If you’re a potential franchisee who is considering entering a franchise system, there are a few common mistakes you can avoid to minimize risk, maximize return on investment and ensure […]

How restaurants can overcome the chef shortage

By Karen and Ross Horton The chef shortage in Canada is impacting restaurant owners from British Columbia to Newfoundland. Though, “shortage” might be the wrong term – there are many fiercely talented, hard-working chefs all across Canada wishing for change. The bigger problem is that with long hours and pay that is usually lower than […]