Menu Trends

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  • Restaurant concepts to watch in February 2018

    February 5, 2018
    By Aaron Jourden In this edition of “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: Rosemary Rocksalt Instagram: 1,237 followers | Facebook: 1,617 likes | Twitter: 2,175 followers Locations: 5 (British Columbia) Concept characteristics: Bakery-cafe concept offering dense and ...
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  • Six things to remember when designing a new menu

    January 31, 2018
    By Jordan Knox In the restaurant industry, things are always changing and evolving as new restaurants and new products are constantly becoming available. To keep up, restaurants need to consistently update their menu offerings, but what is the best way to do this? For most restaurateurs, changing a menu can be a daunting task that may ...
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  • The future of food – Restaurant trends in 2018 and beyond

    January 25, 2018
    Giving diners some food for thought, RC Show 2018 – Canada’s largest foodservice and hospitality event – presents the top trends you can expect to see on restaurant tables this year. From Neuro-nutrition to floral flavours and even medicinal mushrooms, here’s what will be blooming all over menus: Coffee with a kick – Turmeric syrup and ...
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  • Evolving trends spur demand for fish and seafood

    January 24, 2018
    By Laura McGuire Trending seafood and fish dishes are giving many Canadians cause to dine out. Some of these items, like poke bowls and seafood boils, hail from different U.S. regions, while others such as conservas originate from farther regions of the world. What’s driving fish and seafood innovation? One catalyst is consumers’ increasing need for better-for-you ...
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  • Restaurant menu trends to watch in January 2018

    January 9, 2018
    By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus this January. Duck About the trend: Operators are showcasing duck in everyday dishes that make the protein more approachable by showcasing it in familiar and craveable preparations. Exotic appeal Not always easy to prepare at home Rich and flavourful protein option Menu Examples: Shoeless Joe’s ...
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  • What’s trending during the bustling lunch daypart?

    December 20, 2017
    By Renee Lee Canada’s restaurant industry brings in $80 billion in sales every year, according to recent data. Changes in consumer behaviors, such as moving away from eating three square meals a day (Nestle Canada’s “Evolution of Eating in Canada” symposium revealed that many Canadians are grazing throughout the day and focusing on snacking) or eating ...
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  • Trending: The move to artisanal foods

    December 15, 2017
    The concept of how society is reflected in our food culture and spaces is one that shifts with each generation. The reason behind the industry’s current shift towards favouring the artisan—extremely skilled craft workers making extremely delicious food—is one that Chef and Culinary Curator Charlotte Langley perfectly captures: “Humans are being challenged socially now more ...
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  • Bold flavours and healthy ingredients add a creative touch to sauces and bases

    December 5, 2017
    From adding their own unique ingredients to jazz up a standard sauce base to answering the call for healthy, ethnically influenced recipes, Canadian chefs have a growing number of options for topping their creations with delicious sauces. Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News spoke to chefs and industry suppliers to get their take on the latest trends ...
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  • Restaurant concepts to watch this December

    December 4, 2017
    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: 23 (Ontario, British Columbia, ...
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  • For ethnic variety or better-for-you choices, finger foods fit the bill

    November 22, 2017
    By Laura McGuire There’s something that makes finger foods hard to resist. Perhaps it is the breaking from the formality of utensils, or maybe it is the often-indulgent positioning associated with these offerings. It could also be that finger foods come in such varied shapes and sizes—ranging from poppable snack bites to more substantial handhelds. And they ...
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  • New additions to breakfast menus across Canada

    November 16, 2017
    By Laura McGuire and Aaron Jourden Opportunities for operators to boost traffic at breakfast are expanding. Growing consumer interest in around-the-clock foodservice options, as well as a greater emphasis on convenience and better-for-you attributes in the morning are leading to some breakfast movements gaining greater traction. Here’s a look at three trends operators can incorporate into menu ...
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  • Meat and poultry prove their worth as versatile proteins

    November 9, 2017
    By Sean Moon As centre-of-the-plate mainstays, meat and poultry have long held a prominent place on Canadian restaurant menus. But with chefs always trying to raise the creative bar and impress diners, many are reaching beyond international borders to develop inspired and innovative protein dishes, all while giving tradition its due respect. With the days growing longer ...
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  • November 2017’s top menu trends to watch

    November 7, 2017
    By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus in November 2017. Attention-grabbing apps About the trend: Operators are featuring innovative and out-of-the-ordinary starters to create excitement at the top of the menu. These new offerings range from those that are highly indulgent to those with wild and unexpected ...
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  • From grainy to smooth, golden brown to bright yellow, mustard makes the cut

    October 5, 2017
    By Sean Moon Dating to a period when ancient Romans mixed unfermented grape juice (known as “must”) with ground mustard seeds, mustard has grown to become one of the most popular condiments or seasonings in the world today. Often paired with meats and cheeses, it is also ubiquitous as a topping for such modern North American fare ...
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  • Menu trends: Ten years makes a difference

    September 27, 2017
    By Geoff Wilson The most important real estate a restaurant has is its menu. The structure of a restaurant’s menu has a significant effect on many aspects of a restaurant’s operations including revenue, food cost, equipment requirements, pantry counts and, most importantly, guest satisfaction and repeat visitation. Getting the menu right is crucial to success. Key drivers ...
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