Three easy marketing tactics to establish your restaurant online

By Mark Goren There’s no doubt that running a restaurant has its challenges. Whether you’re opening your doors soon or running an established business, you should seriously consider how a few simple online marketing tactics can help you drive traffic, phone calls and menu views. Follow these simple yet critical steps to build a solid […]

The rules for designing a hotel restaurant

By Judy Henderson When staying at a hotel and on the look out for a good spot to eat, I always check with the concierge. If their reply is “we have a great restaurant”, that’s when I run a mile in the other direction.  Hotel restaurants tend to be buried on an upper level and […]

September’s top restaurant menu trends to watch

By Aaron Jourden What are Canadians interested in eating this month? Here’s a hint: Mexican flavours are flourishing on menus, while vegetarian food has wide appeal and seafood is being presented in new and unique ways. Here’s a look at some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus this month. Mexico’s flavours […]

Alternative financing: Know your options when it’s time to borrow

By Jeff Mitelman Growing a restaurant business at a stable pace throughout the year can be challenging, even for the most experienced restaurant owner. The seasonality and competitive nature of the industry, changing consumer eating trends, and the ramp up costs for expansion all require savvy planning – and often an infusion of capital to […]

Food Service Operations program now available at Humber College

By Kavita Sabharwal Advancing your career in the foodservice industry can be difficult, especially if you’re currently working full time at a restaurant and find you have no time to tackle school, as well. With the introduction of Humber College’s new Food Service Operations Certificate program, however, it’s easier than ever to learn the skills necessary […]

Marijuana at work: Drug testing and safety in a Smart Serve environment

By Jennifer Mathers McHenry On April 23, 2017, the Government introduced the Cannabis Act in the House of Commons. When the Cannabis Act comes into force, adult Canadians will be able to legally possess, grow and purchase limited amounts of marijuana. The Government intends to bring the proposed legislation into force no later than July […]

13 tips and tricks for developing an ideal business plan

By Katrina McKinnon Every entrepreneur starts their own business with only one goal: to succeed. However, a vast majority of business owners have absolutely NO clear idea about how exactly to achieve the desired success. If you are one of those who wants to enjoy a good reputation and run a popular restaurant, you must […]

August’s top restaurant concepts to watch

By Aaron Jourden In this edition of “concepts to watch,” we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners this August. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: Kekuli Cafe Coffee & Bannock Instagram: 1,232 followers | Facebook: 6,197 | Twitter: 5,398 followers Locations: […]

Insight into family-friendly dining from the NRA Show

By Laura Zaplantynsky-Bell Kids and family marketing insights from the NRA Show, Chicago, May 20-23, 2017 Upon returning home from the annual National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago — the largest annual gathering of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry — we at Kidzsmart reflected on all the fascinating new trends impacting our industry, including […]

Crickets, anyone? Up-and-coming alternative proteins to add to your menu

A look at the new alternative proteins you can expect to see more often on restaurant menus By Kavita Sabharwal What protein means to consumers has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Restaurants have gone from offering only the basics (chicken, steak or pork chops) and maybe if they were lucky, one or two seafood […]