Food Focus

  • Family-style dining: Bringing people and food together

    August 11, 2016
    By Liana Robberecht In the world of restaurants, the return of family-style dining shows that food is no exception to the adage that everything old becomes new again. With the hustle and bustle of our multi-tasking, information over-loaded, everything-on-our-phones lives, people are rediscovering the importance of taking a moment to reconnect with family and friends. There ...
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  • Add a taste of Rio to your menu

    August 5, 2016
    Celebrate the Olympics foodie-style with Brazilian menu favourites By Kavita Sabharwal Although the opening ceremony is set to take place on the evening of August 5th, it’s not too late for your restaurant to get into the competitive spirit of the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games. The Games are taking place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, where food ...
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  • Restaurant concepts to watch for August

    August 3, 2016
    By Kristin Menas In this edition of “restaurant concepts to watch”, we highlight three concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: Nuba Instagram: 2,215 followers | Facebook: 5,109 likes | Twitter: 4,522 followers Locations: 4 (Vancouver) Concept characteristics: Modern twist on traditional Middle Eastern recipes Contemporary ...
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  • Healthy foodservice trends to end 2016

    July 26, 2016
    By Lucia Weiler Summer is almost over, which means we’ll soon be moving into the cooler months with a whole slew of different seasonal foods on offer. What better time to freshen up your menu to appeal to changing consumer demands, or update your nutrition knowledge? Some of the greatest opportunities in foodservice are menu innovation, increased ...
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  • July menu trends include sweet and spicy pairings

    July 12, 2016
    By Kristin Menas These trends have been seen frequently on restaurant menus this year. Below are some of the leading menu trends to watch this July. Mango and pepper pairings About the trend: Restaurants are pairing mango with spicy ingredients like habanero and chipotle, particularly in sauces, salsas and seasonings. This trend is seen most often at quick-service and casual-dining ...
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  • Use value-added eggs to save time and money

    June 29, 2016
    By T.R. James Eggs. The world’s most perfect food? Nutritionally, they could be. They’re rich in nutrients like protein and calcium. Plus, they’re virtually indispensable. Can you imagine a world without bacon and eggs?  Pasta? Cake? Didn’t think so. Yes, eggs are amazing but… shell eggs break. Shell eggs have a short shelf life. Shell eggs aren’t ...
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  • Herbs, spices and seasonings pack a powerful culinary punch

    June 28, 2016
    By Sean Moon With a history of use as traditional medicines, herbs and spices are some of the healthiest ingredients you can stock in your pantry. For adding flavour, variety and even ethnic personality to a dish, they can be unsung heroes. And for sheer economic value, they can stretch an operational dollar further than almost ...
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  • Milk, yogurt and ice cream lead the way in dairy beverage trends

    June 23, 2016
    By Aaron Jourden Dairy is proving to be a key ingredient in some of today’s trendiest and most craveable beverages at restaurants. Milk, yogurt, ice cream and other dairy products add sweetness, richness, texture and body to popular beverages like milkshakes, smoothies and coffee. Dairy is also a central component in up-and-coming ethnic specialties like Thai ...
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  • Great reasons to add more soup to your menu

    June 2, 2016
    By Sean Moon In my experience, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like soup. For many of us, it brings back comforting memories of sitting at our kitchen table as a kid with a steaming bowl of homemade chicken noodle on a cold winter day. For others, it represents our family tradition or cultural background. ...
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  • Restaurant menu trends to watch

    May 18, 2016
    By Kristin Menas The following trends will continue to make a big impact on restaurant menus this year. Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus. Pretzels About the trend: A number of operators are experimenting with pretzels beyond pretzel buns, including the use of this salty snack as a breading ...
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  • The latest dinner trends point the way forward

    May 2, 2016
    By Aimee Harvey Dinner is the cornerstone of the restaurant menu, the daypart when many operators (particularly those in table service) flaunt their variety, creativity and innovation on the plate. Dinner is also how many restaurant-goers think of dining out, from celebratory nights out to casual family meals. Yet we’re seeing the ground shift in Canada. Increased ...
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  • Getting on trend with fruits and vegetables

    April 13, 2016
    By Sue Mah “Anyone can cook a hamburger, leave the vegetables to the professionals.” That is Amanda Cohen’s mantra. The Ottawa-born chef is owner of Dirt Candy, a restaurant on New York City’s Lower East Side. No stranger to creative cooking, she’s been a chef for almost 15 years and was the first vegetarian chef to compete ...
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  • Top types of appetizers

    March 31, 2016
    According to Technomic MenuMonitor data, soup is the leading type of appetizer on Canadian menus. Soup is often spotlighted as a rotating, seasonal starter option with operators highlighting local, in-season ingredients. The offering can also vary from light to heavier varieties. The top three types of soup appearing on menus are Asian soups, soup-of-the-day specials ...
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  • Ancient grains on the menu

    March 31, 2016
    By Aaron Jourden The emergence of quinoa as a near-mainstream ingredient has no doubt fueled chefs’ and diners’ desires to discover the many other types of ancient grains. Although many ancient grains are relatively unknown to consumers and are just now penetrating leading chain and independent menus in Canada, the latest data from Technomic’s MenuMonitor is ...
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  • Top types of sandwiches

    March 31, 2016
    By Kristin Menas Chicken sandwiches and wraps are the most popular type of sandwiches on Canadian menus, according to MenuMonitor data. Chicken is also a widely preferred type of sandwich protein among consumers. Technomic’s 2014 Canadian Sandwich Consumer Trend Report found that more than half of consumers prefer chicken breast for lunch and dinner sandwiches. Chicken ...
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