Food Focus

  • Valentine’s Day promos your guests will love

    February 2, 2023
    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and since it’s the second most popular day to dine out, offering promos your guests will love is a win-win. According to a recent study by OpenTable, 72 per cent of those celebrating want to splurge at local restaurants, and are planning to spend over $41 per person, ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Making the most of your inventory management

    January 5, 2023
    These days, amid labour shortages, inflation, and supply chain disruptions, it’s more important than ever to get a handle on the things you can control, like inventory management. Managing your restaurant’s inventory efficiently could have a major effect on your bottom line. Effectively managing your inventory means streamlining purchasing, monitoring storage, and efficiently using your goods. Maybe ...
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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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  • Revenge dining: how Canadians are supporting their favourite restaurants

    December 21, 2022
    Canadians have been supporting their favourite restaurants more than ever this year, and some people are calling it “revenge dining.” According to OpenTable data, restaurants saw a 79 per cent increase in dining this year between January and October over last year, noting that meals between $41 and $65 per person were the most popular ...
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  • Chef Emily Butcher: highlighting nouveau Canadian cuisine at Nola

    December 16, 2022
    Fun, simple, and elegant. Those words best describe chef Emily Butcher’s vision in co-creating Nola, a new-concept restaurant in St. Boniface, Winnipeg. Partnering with Burnley Place Hospitality to open in 2021, the restaurant has thrived as one of Canada’s Top 30 Restaurants in 2022, finding its niche with foodies in the local culinary scene. CFRN chatted ...
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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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  • 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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  • 5 Christmas marketing ideas

    December 9, 2022
    By Megan Prevost Christmas is just around the corner, which means everyone is looking for that perfect present or special place to spend time with their loved ones. It also means it’s time to ramp up those holiday marketing campaigns! The happiest season is the busiest season, too, so you need to stand out from the ...
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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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  • OpenTable lists Canada’s most beloved restaurants for 2022

    December 7, 2022
    Canadian eateries receive some well-deserved recognition from OpenTable in the recently-released list of the Top 100 Most Beloved Restaurants in Canada for 2022. The list features restaurants offering experiences of all types, from fine dining to budget-friendly, highlighting 48 restaurants in Ontario, 23 in Alberta,18 in British Columbia, nine in Quebec, and one in New Brunswick.  These ...
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