Food Focus

  • Trend watch: Dandelion, salsa macha, charcoal

    March 1, 2024
    By Katie Belflower In our latest edition of Trend Watch with Technomic, we are focusing on three current top menu trends across Canada, showcasing some of the restaurants that are creatively and successfully adding these items, flavours, or ingredients to their menus. This edition focuses on dandelion, salsa macha, and charcoal. Dandelion Dandelions are hardy perennial weeds bearing ...
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  • Celebrate spring’s best holidays at your restaurant

    February 28, 2024
    Spring is right around the corner, so get into the spirit by planning to celebrate some of the holidays of the season with your restaurant guests. From the menu to the décor and ambiance, get a head start on the spring celebrations by preparing early, marketing your events, and filling those tables this season. March 17: ...
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  • Menu trends: 2024’s best buzzwords

    February 12, 2024
    Fads come and go and taking note of the top trends on your menu can help you stay relevant, get attention, and reach a new audience. This not only means staying in the know about crave-able flavours and sought-after dishes, but incorporating popular buzzwords can help you make the most of your menu. What are the ...
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  • Meeting sustainability goals with a menu makeover

    February 6, 2024
    By Riana Topan Amidst increasingly dire warnings about the fate of our planet, and more frequent reminders about the consequences of climate change in the form of wildfires, floods, and tornadoes, the urgent need to address the global environmental crisis feels more real than ever before. Thankfully, so does the foodservice industry’s remarkable power to make ...
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  • Concepts to Watch: Bar One, Crepe Delicious, Burrito Boyz

    January 31, 2024
    By Katie Belflower In this month’s edition of Concept Watch, RestoBiz and Technomic have teamed up again to highlight three standout restaurant concepts featured in foodservice right now. This month, we focus on Bar One, Crepe Delicious, and Burrito Boys, as we explore how they stand out from the crowd in Canadian foodservice.  Bar One Variety of appetizers Image ...
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  • February’s best food holidays

    January 29, 2024
    While this month may be known most for Valentine’s Day, February offers a wide variety of potential celebrations for your restaurant guests to enjoy! Join in on the monthly fun by offering your patrons something new, re-engaging your staff, and boosting that bottom line. February 4: Homemade Soup Day Comfort food like soup is often a popular ...
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  • Why menu engineering is a must for restaurants

    January 19, 2024
    By David Hopkins Menu engineering is one of the most crucial yet often overlooked aspects of restaurant operations. Restaurateurs place so much value on a menu’s taste, ease of execution, and customer satisfaction that they may forget to engineer for profit. Few restaurants understand the importance of properly pricing and costing out their menus and the ...
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  • Trend Watch: Mushroom toast, cedar cocktails, aji panca

    January 11, 2024
    By Katie Belflower In the first edition of RestoBiz and Technomic’s Trend Watch for 2024, we take a look at some of the top trending dishes and ingredients, spotlighting some of the restaurants featuring them on their menus. This edition focuses on mushroom toast, cedar cocktails, and aji panca. Mushroom toast Trending at independent restaurants is mushroom toast, ...
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  • The Allergy Chef is changing the world, one bite at a time

    January 9, 2024
    By Jessica Brill Restaurants work hard to create and serve delicious dishes, but with ever-changing consumer habits and diner preferences, this can be a challenge. When you add food allergies to the equation, chefs can really have their work cut out for them when crafting dishes that are available to a broad range of customers. Kathlena, The ...
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  • Creating a soup-er menu for your restaurant

    December 19, 2023
    Many guests crave comfort foods during the winter months, and adding soup to your menu can be a simple way to use up kitchen ingredients, provide healthy, lighter meals, and offer something new to your regular guests. Soup is gaining traction as a popular item on social media too, with soup talk up 21.7 per ...
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  • Trending treats for winter dessert menus

    December 15, 2023
    By Mark Plumlee ‘Tis the season get guests excited for new, craveable, seasonal treats on your menu. Desserts remain a popular item for diners, and although 21 per cent of diners say they’ve eaten dessert in the last 24 hours, studies show that number is actually closer to 63 per cent. Now’s the perfect time to ...
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  • What’s trending with QSRs

    December 12, 2023
    These days, competition is fierce as QSRs compete with takeout and delivery, convenience stores, gas stations, and most recently, grocery stores. Some QSRs are taking steps to simplify service with kiosks and faster drive-thrus, connecting with customers by going greener, or delivering seasonal LTOs to get guests coming in. With so many options for diners ...
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  • Cheers to your New Year’s celebration

    December 11, 2023
    As 2023 comes to an end, are you all set to ring in the new year at your restaurant? Planning a successful New Year’s bash means getting a head start on the end of 2023 with feature menus, reservations, marketing, and more. Whether you are celebrating with a New Year’s Eve gala or a New Year’s ...
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  • Add food and beverage pairings to your menu

    December 7, 2023
    When you’re looking to increase guest cheque totals at your restaurant, adding pairings to your menu might just do the trick. Suggestive selling, or upselling, becomes simpler when your team has the tools to easily pair complementary food and beverages. Wine pairings are the traditional way to go, but there are other ways to boost your ...
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  • Elevate your holiday celebrations with plant-powered menus

    December 5, 2023
    By Makayla Dewit The holiday season has arrived, and restaurants and food service establishments are eagerly gearing up to host and cater holiday events, ranging from festive gatherings to New Year’s celebrations. Are your holiday menus plant-powered this year? Considering the immense global impacts of our food choices, it is important to recognize that those who prepare ...
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