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, […]

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 […]

Holiday takeout could be great for business

The holidays are approaching, and it’s typically a busy time of year for restaurant dining rooms. This year, however, the increased demand holiday for takeout may change the way restaurants see success. As inflation continues to lessen the gap between grocery and restaurant costs, more people will be choosing takeout to feed their families. This […]

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 […]

Mixologists head to the kitchen for inspiration

What’s trending in the world of mixology? Crafting cocktails is a specialized skill set, combining creativity and practicality. These days, unconventional inclusions are topping the trends, as mixologists save SKUs and make the most of their available ingredients.   Technomic’s latest trend report shows that Canadian mixologists are bringing their cocktails into the kitchen, with […]

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 […]