Menu Design

  • 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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  • 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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  • Are higher menu prices the best way to maximize margins?

    December 8, 2023
    Although there are signs that inflation is cooling, restaurants are still on the road to recovery, with many continuing to raise their prices to recoup higher costs from rent, food prices, labour, and more. As the end of the year approaches, can restaurants continue to raise prices into 2024 or will consumers start to push ...
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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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  • 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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  • How to use territory management to improve your restaurant sales

    November 1, 2023
    By Dawn Castell Is territory management part of your restaurant strategy? For restaurateurs, the way we navigate and oversee our territory can affect our success or failure. It’s more than just selecting a successful spot to set up shop; it’s about intimately connecting with the local community and ensuring that our brand is clear in every ...
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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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  • Making alternative dishes a menu must-have

    October 16, 2023
    Are you seeing sales with the plant-based or alternative dishes on your menu? With dietary preferences growing and diners becoming savvier, operators need to prioritize the customer experience, along with menu clarity and accuracy, and their marketing goals, as they engineer menus that appeal to guests and raise revenues. Whether you are accommodating gluten-free, vegetarian, or ...
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  • The next generation of diners

    October 2, 2023
    There have been countless studies on the dining habits of Millennials, Gen Z, and even the boomers, but the next generation to watch out for is the Alpha generation. Born after 2010, these school-aged customers are growing up tech-focused, globally informed, and have different likes and needs when they visit a restaurant. These factors make this ...
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  • Concepts to Watch: Stacked, Bergham, Tap & Barrel

    September 29, 2023
    By Katie Belflower Restaurant branding is vital to stand out and attract attention for your business. Every month, in Technomic’s Concepts to Watch, we highlight three restaurants that are demonstrating this across the country. In this edition, we are highlighting Stacked, Bergham, and Tap & Barrel.   Stacked Pancake House Chocolate Banana Pancakes Image Source: Stacked Pancake House Instagram   Facebook: ...
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  • Consumers are still sweet on chocolate

    September 27, 2023
    Chocolate has always topped the favourites list for desserts, with 86 per cent of Canadians having consumed chocolate within the last three months. However, from rising health concerns to flavour preferences, how can restaurants include sweet treats on their menu that will appeal to guests and raise cheque totals? Health vs. indulgence The ever-increasing desire to live ...
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  • October’s best food holidays

    September 14, 2023
    Fall is the perfect time to start celebrating those food holidays that can help your restaurant stand out, attract a crowd, and give you some engaging content to post on social media. Make a list of the holidays in October that interest you most and start planning your menu, décor, entertainment, and more. This month offers ...
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  • Trend Watch: Marigold, stinging nettle, ajo blanco

    September 5, 2023
    By Katie Belflower For restaurants and chefs it’s important to be innovate as a way to stand out in a competitive marketplace. Staying up to date on the latest food trends is one way to stay a step ahead and treat your guests to something new and delicious. This latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on three menu trends ...
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