Menu Design

  • Why creating a story with your menu makes a difference

    May 24, 2022
    By Ralph Zoontjens The term “food marketing” may conjure images of billboards or TV ads, but the restaurant menu is one of the most important touchpoints to engage your customers and keep them coming back. For the past two years, food marketing has been dominated by pandemic-related risk management, but now, restaurants have the freedom to focus ...
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  • Should menus display food’s carbon footprint information?

    May 16, 2022
    What should a good menu include? The names and prices of dishes are a given, and other menus often display other details such as a description, dietary information such as calories, and the source of local products. But what about food’s carbon footprint? A team of researchers at Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg in Germany are ...
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  • In mid-spring 2022, where does Canadian foodservice stand?

    May 9, 2022
    By David Hopkins It’s difficult to believe it but we’re already more than a third of the way through 2022. Now, more than two years into the pandemic, Canadian foodservice businesses are continually facing challenges while also experiencing new successes and new innovations. Even as we’re only in the fifth month of the year, there are ...
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  • Trend Watch: Sake kasu, amba, devil’s club

    April 28, 2022
    By Katie Belflower Our latest edition of Trend Watch with Technomic highlights three menu trends that are being seen across Canada right now, and how Canadian restaurants are utilizing them to unique and great effect on their menus. Sake kasu Japanese paste-like condiment sake kasu is derived from the sake brewing process. Since it is a by-product of ...
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  • 5 food holidays to celebrate in May, from Mexican cuisine to seafood

    April 25, 2022
    By Megan Prevost May brings welcome thoughts of summer menus and warmer patio dining. For restaurant operators, it’s time to start thinking about all the different ways you can market and advertise your restaurant for the month. May is a month packed full of food holidays, with Mother’s Day, Victoria Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial ...
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  • Concepts to Watch: Burgoo, Uniburger, Sidewalk Citizen

    March 31, 2022
    By Katie Belflower Technomic is constantly keeping abreast of the latest and greatest in Canadian restaurants, and its latest Concepts to Watch highlights three more standout restaurant concepts on show right now. This month, the focus is on Burgoo, Uniburger, and Sidewalk Citizen. Source: Burgoo website Burgoo Facebook: 1,890 likes | Instagram: 6,748 followers | Twitter: 3,142 followers Locations: 4 (Vancouver, B.C.) Concept ...
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  • 5 food holidays to celebrate this April, from tea to eggs

    March 28, 2022
    By Megan Prevost The culinary calendar is never empty, that’s for sure. For pretty much every day of the year, there are corresponding food holidays that could be celebrated. Most of them are super niche, such as National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day on April 21, but plenty of them celebrate larger categories. Food holidays are more than ...
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  • The ultimate showdown: print menus vs. QR codes

    March 25, 2022
    By Megan Prevost Once upon a time, there wasn’t a huge debate between different types of menus. Restaurants simply offered standard print menus. While there were tons of different options in the print menu world (and still are), it’s up to restaurants to decide which type best fits their needs and brand image. However, after the ...
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  • 7 ways professional design can help your restaurant in 2022

    March 18, 2022
    By Mark Plumlee Over the past two years, thousands of restaurants have shut down across the country. Others have shut down their brick-and-mortar stores and moved to a permanent takeout model. In the place of restaurants that shut down, many new ones have sprung up to take their place. We’re left with an industry full of newcomers ...
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  • Perfecting your online menu experience

    March 15, 2022
    Never has nailing your customer experience been more important. That certainly applies to your online menu at a time when off-premises consumption has become such a staple of the foodservice industry. In a recent webinar titled “Ensuring Great Menu Experience”, Paytronix’s Chris Zeigler talked through how operators can perfect their online menu experience. At the outset, he ...
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  • Building for success with your restaurant patio

    March 14, 2022
    It may not feel like it just yet, but patio season is on the way again. Programs like Toronto’s CaféTO and Vancouver’s own system will be underway again this spring made permanent in some major jurisdictions, and with hopes of a sustained reopening this time around, it could be a much-needed busy summer for those ...
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  • Trend Watch: Birch syrup, kosho, candy cap

    March 2, 2022
    By Katie Belflower Our latest edition of Trend Watch with Technomic highlights three menu trends that are being seen across Canada right now, and how Canadian restaurants are utilizing them to great effect. Birch syrup Birch syrup is made from birch sap and produced in much the same way as maple syrup, but has a complex and distinctly ...
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  • Why menu refinement is becoming the name of the game

    February 28, 2022
    By Tom Nightingale Restaurants have faced far more than their fair share of potentially crippling challenges over the last two years, from forced closures to supply chain woes, rising costs across the board, and staff shortages. In response, they have taken to trying out numerous mitigating measures, from temporary outdoor seating to strategic menu price increases to ...
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  • Denny’s unveils TikTok influencers-inspired menu innovations

    February 25, 2022
    Denny’s has unveiled a new limited-time menu that is inspired by TikTok foodies. The chain is partnering with 24 TikTok creators on new menu collaborations in a process that sees influencers join forces with the Denny’s culinary team during the meal-development process. The influencers were also given license to name the new meals. Denny’s Chief Brand Officer ...
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  • Concepts to watch: Dinesty, Buono, Dic Ann’s

    January 28, 2022
    By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic’s first 2022 edition of Concept Watch highlights three restaurant concepts on show in Canadian foodservice and what makes them stand out from the crowd. This month, the focus is on Dinesty Dumpling House in B.C., Toronto’s Buono, and Quebec QSR Dic Ann’s. Source: Dinesty Dumpling House website Dinesty Dumpling House Facebook: 855 likes | Instagram: ...
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