Food Focus

  • 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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  • Concepts to Watch: Mont Tacos, Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes, and Industria Pizzeria + Bar

    November 28, 2023
    By Katie Belflower In the final 2023 edition of Concept Watch from RestoBiz and Technomic, we spotlight three unique restaurant concepts in Canadian foodservice, highlighting what makes them stand out from the crowd. This month, the focus is on Mont Tacos, Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes, and Industria Pizzeria + Bar.   Mont Tacos Mont Taco Image Source: Mont Taco Instagram  Facebook: 2,700 ...
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  • Get extra festive with food holidays in December

    November 23, 2023
    Yes, December tends to mean all things holiday, but why not add a few new occasions to give your guests another reason to visit? Whether you want to go all-out or keep it low-key, this month has it all! Choose from these December food holidays to stand out from the competition, get guests talking about ...
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  • 2024 brings comfort and function to menus

    November 9, 2023
    We’ve seen many menu changes come to pass over the last few years, and as we head towards the end of the year, it’s time to take a look at what trends are ramping up for 2024. From flavours and ingredients to the customer experience, next year’s menus offer more nostalgia, global influences, and more. Comfort ...
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  • Trend Watch: Juniper, pineapple weed, chayote

    November 6, 2023
    By Katie Belflower We’re well into fall now, and Canadian operators are looking to add trending items to their seasonal offerings. RestoBiz and Technomic’s latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on juniper, pineapple weed, chayote and some of the restaurants that are featuring them on their menus. Juniper Juniper is a shrub bearing edible berries with a piney, ...
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  • QSRs get an early start on their holiday menus

    November 3, 2023
    We’re well into fall now, and we’ve already stared seeing holiday flavours making their way onto QSR menus. QSRs have been adding seasonal LTOs earlier and earlier each year, featuring flavours like pumpkin spice as early as August. This practice seems to apply to all seasonal favourites, including the holidays, which are starting to appear ...
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  • 2024’s top restaurant trends

    October 27, 2023
    We’ve seen so much change in the foodservice industry in the last few years, what does 2024 bring to the table? As the industry continues to recover, the labour market grows, and supply chain disruption slows, the competition will be fierce for restaurants to win over customers, boost loyalty, and build up the bottom line. What ...
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