Menu Trends

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  • Unique ingredients give pasta a healthy makeover

    April 18, 2018
    By Sean Moon Long the go-to meal for doting Italian grandmothers, spaghetti-loving kids and comfort-food aficionados, pasta has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. Today, the use of pasta in Canadian restaurants is less influenced by Nonna and more by such modern factors as clean-eating, plant-based or gluten-free diets and a world of unique and ...
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  • Restaurant concepts to watch for April

    April 3, 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: Una Pizza + Wine Instagram: 15,000 followers | Facebook: 2,712 likes | Twitter: 13,000 followers Locations: 3 (Calgary, Saskatoon) Concept characteristics: Casual-dining concept with ...
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  • Convenience and culture combine to create the modern lunch daypart

    March 22, 2018
    By Robert Carter Is it lunch time yet? A common question echoed across the globe by billions of hungry people as the middle of their day nears. And for most of these hungry people, lunch represents the second meal of the day. In Canada, by the time lunch hour comes around, most of us will have ...
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  • Menu trends to watch for March 2018

    March 5, 2018
    By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus this month. Sweet heat About the trend: Operators are catering to demand for bold and exciting flavour experiences by developing complex sauces and toppings that combine spicy and sweet components. These condiments can be found on new items and LTOs ...
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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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