Menu Trends

  • How menus are addressing diner demand for healthier choices

    January 31, 2023
    Diners continue to look for healthier alternatives as they visit restaurants, and menus are evolving to meet that growing demand. Including healthier choices and trendy dishes is just the start, though. It’s not just about menu features, it’s also about the language you use. Trends come and go, and language changes to reflect what customers are ...
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  • Concepts to Watch: Enoteca Monza, Bier Markt, and Topla

    January 27, 2023
    By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic’s first 2023 edition of Concepts to Watch showcases three Canadian restaurant concepts, highlighting what makes them stand out from the crowd. This month, the focus is on Enoteca Monza, Bier Markt, and Topla. Enoteca Monza Image source: Enoteca Monza Instagram Calabrese Pizza Facebook: 9,260 likes | Instagram: 5,623 followers Locations: 9 (Quebec) Concept characteristics: Full-service rustic Italian ...
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  • Canada’s plastic ban and its effect on restaurant takeout

    January 26, 2023
    Canada’s ban on single-use plastics, covering plastic bags, cutlery, foodservice ware, stir sticks, and straws took effect on December 20. It comes as part of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s effort to achieve zero waste by 2030. Since third-party takeout and delivery orders are up 63 per cent from pre-pandemic days, finding viable alternatives is ...
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  • Plating your food the way customers want to see it

    January 24, 2023
    What factors go into planning your plating? Do you consider what customers might find appealing or what your presentation says about your restaurant? Studies show that 18 per cent of diners think that when food looks better, it tastes better. Making your plating a priority means taking several factors into consideration.   The plates Consider the size of ...
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  • Attract more families to your restaurant

    January 20, 2023
    Despite the struggle restaurateurs have faced in recent years, fast casual restaurants are a growing segment of the market, and families are a large part of their business. Even though restaurant traffic is down overall by four per cent, fast-casual traffic has seen an increase of 9 per cent in the last three years. In this ...
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  • Restaurant success through the pandemic and beyond

    January 17, 2023
    If the foodservice industry has learned anything in recent years, it’s that resilience and creativity can mean the difference between success and failure. The restaurants and managers who were able to forge a new path, pivot, and try new things are still standing today, despite continued labour shortages, inflation, and supply chain delays.   Restobiz had ...
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  • Plant-based dishes appeal to a broad array of diners

    January 3, 2023
    In recent years, with more consumers adopting vegan and vegetarian diets, plant-based dishes have steadily gained menu real estate. However, it looks like the increased demand comes from a general shift towards healthy eating, rather than from vegans or vegetarians. RELATED: Consumers say plant-based diets are here to stay Recently, 29 per cent of consumers said that ...
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  • Trend Watch: Garum, ras el hanout, spruce tips

    January 2, 2023
    By Katie Belflower Our latest edition of Trend Watch with Technomic features three of the top menu trends across Canada right now, highlighting some of the restaurants that are successfully adding them to their menus. Garum Garum is a fermented fish sauce popular in ancient Rome and Greece with a salty, umami flavour. Operators are featuring the condiment ...
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  • Canadian menu prices to remain steady through the holidays despite continuing inflation

    December 15, 2022
    As inflation continues to climb in Canada, restaurateurs are looking for ways to keep their dining rooms full and their profit margins high. With supply chain shortages and skyrocketing prices for items like lettuce, it can be a challenge to balance a superior customer experience with a healthy bottom line. Unfortunately, food costs have already risen ...
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  • Making mocktails part of your winter menu

    December 13, 2022
    Holiday gatherings are in full swing, and there are often designated drivers and non-drinkers in the crowd, so mocktails are a way to offer something for everyone. Rather than relying on soda, offering those guests a delicious alternative will up their experience – along with your cheque totals. If this is a beverage category you’ve yet ...
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  • Fun promos to celebrate the New Year

    December 12, 2022
    By Mark Plumlee Ringing in the new year is the perfect occasion to treat your guests to a celebration, and as we welcome 2023, there are many different ways to make that happen. From events to deals, the new year presents a unique opportunities for restaurants to showcase their exciting offerings. Hosting New Year’s events doesn’t have ...
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  • Diner demand for ethical eating continues

    December 8, 2022
    By Riana Topan In Canada, many people may be surprised to learn how few laws are in place to govern the ethical treatment of farmed animals. The federal government regulates how these animals are handled during transportation and slaughter through the Health of Animals Regulations and Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. These apply when animals have ...
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  • Sweet-talk your customers with delicious holiday drinks

    December 5, 2022
    ‘Tis the season for holiday drinks and LTOs. If your restaurant is looking for a way to boost guest cheques and stand out from the crowd, you can hit that sweet spot with a new roster of hot and cold beverages. The specialty coffee industry alone brings in more than $12 billion in annual sales and ...
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  • How are restaurants handling the on-going food shortages?

    December 2, 2022
    The ongoing inflation and supply chain issues are sending many restaurants scrambling to edit items from their dishes and re-jig their menus to manage food shortages. According to Restaurants Canada, 96 per cent of restaurants have been affected by this issue, struggling to balance cost and menu design with guest expectations. With things like romaine lettuce ...
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  • 5 food holidays to celebrate in December, from comfort food to champagne

    December 1, 2022
    By Megan Prevost This month is jam-packed full of holiday cheer already, but just in case you’re looking for a little bit more to celebrate before the end of the year, we’ve got five more food holidays in December for you! Featuring a food holiday at your bar or restaurant is a great way to drive traffic ...
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