Back of House

  • A seasonal menu can benefit your business

    November 28, 2022
    Winter is on the horizon and as seasons change, so should your restaurant. Heating replaces your air conditioning, your patio closes or is revamped, and your menu gets a makeover with a seasonal spin.   John Moody, co-founder and Chief Strategist of Restaurant365, writes that getting the winter crowd through your doors doesn’t have to be ...
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  • Upcycling food waste for sustainable packaging

    November 25, 2022
    Food waste is a growing global concern for the foodservice industry and beyond, and upcycling has emerged as a way to work toward balance. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, over one-third of all food produced is wasted or lost, translating to 2.3 million tonnes of edible food being wasted ...
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  • Top 5 books for restaurant owners

    November 24, 2022
    By Megan Prevost Many professional fields provide opportunities to grow through the pursuit of outside research and books. Taking a little time to read up on your work can pay back huge dividends in performance, but often this doesn’t ring true for fields where experience is king. Experience is the best teacher in many arenas, and this ...
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  • Seasonal flavours are trending on restaurant menus

    November 22, 2022
    The holidays are right around the corner and many restaurants are already getting into the spirit with LTOs featuring their favourite seasonal flavours. This trend seems to be arriving earlier each year, with large chains kicking off the season as early as October. With 54 per cent of operators saying that LTOs are a central part ...
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  • Holiday takeout could be great for business

    November 21, 2022
    The holidays are approaching, and it’s typically a busy time of year for restaurant dining rooms. This year, however, the increased demand holiday for takeout may change the way restaurants see success. As inflation continues to lessen the gap between grocery and restaurant costs, more people will be choosing takeout to feed their families. This trend ...
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  • Restaurants think pink and beyond for 2023 menus

    November 18, 2022
    As the holiday season starts to ramp up and the end of 2022 draws nearer, what can restaurants expect to see trending in 2023? From flavours to colours, next year’s menus are expected to focus on comfort foods, fermenting, and all things pink.  According to Technomic, we can look forward to several new food trends emerging ...
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  • Ghost kitchens are evolving as restaurant challenges continue

    November 17, 2022
    Ghost kitchens popped up during the pandemic as a creative way to keep kitchens open when dining areas were closed. But as the demand for off-premise dining continues to hit record highs, the ghost kitchen concept is evolving. They began as a kind of a mystery, with many ghost kitchens opening in secret locations, allowing customer ...
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  • Finding a way to raise your restaurant’s profit margin

    November 15, 2022
    As inflation continues, it may be tempting to raise menu prices to offset costs and maximize your margins, but there’s another way. Rather than increasing what you charge, get creative with cutting costs to raise your profit margin.   Improving your profit margin means you need to know your current numbers. While your gross profit margin ...
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  • Mixologists head to the kitchen for inspiration

    November 14, 2022
    What’s trending in the world of mixology? Crafting cocktails is a specialized skill set, combining creativity and practicality. These days, unconventional inclusions are topping the trends, as mixologists save SKUs and make the most of their available ingredients.   Technomic’s latest trend report shows that Canadian mixologists are bringing their cocktails into the kitchen, with a ...
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  • Canadian consumers have a taste for sweet treats

    November 14, 2022
    As consumer habits continue to shift and off-premise dining remains a popular option, desserts and sweet treats are making their way onto more and more takeout orders. According to the 2022 Online Ordering Trends report from Restaurants Canada, this is an ongoing trend, with baked goods taking top spot in the delivery and pickup category for ...
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  • What is your restaurant missing?

    November 8, 2022
    By Megan Prevost Success in the restaurant industry often comes from a passionate pursuit to make things better, but what is your restaurant missing? In an industry as volatile and unpredictable as this one, it’s important to stay on your toes, and pay attention to customer retention trends, customer satisfaction levels, and your competitors. No matter ...
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  • Restaurant catering picks up speed as employees return to work

    November 3, 2022
    As businesses continue to recover from the pandemic and employees return to work, the demand for restaurant catering is on the rise. According to ezCater, corporate catering booking sales were up 185 per cent last month over January 2022. That looks set to continue through 2023, too, as businesses resume in-person client meetings, book corporate lunches, ...
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  • Restaurants looking to lower food waste can turn to tech

    November 2, 2022
    Food waste is not a new challenge in the foodservice industry, but with the continued inflation, restaurants may be even more motivated to lower waste and cut costs. Why is there so much waste? Food scraps and surplus inventory are certainly contributors, but there are two other major culprits to blame: kitchen mistakes and disposing of ...
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  • How a maintenance checklist saves time and money for restaurateurs

    October 27, 2022
    Is your kitchen equipment up to date? Are there any repairs or replacements to be added to your budget? Are there ways you could improve efficiency in your kitchen? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, it’s a good idea to utilize a maintenance checklist. Staying on top of your equipment’s condition can cut ...
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  • 5 skills a restaurant manager needs

    October 24, 2022
    By Megan Prevost Restaurant managers have a heavy responsibility and need certain skills to handle all the moving parts to create an excellent dining experience. Here are five skills a restaurant manager needs to keep their restaurant at the top of its game. Communication Communication is vital to a restaurant’s success, as you might be liaising with employees, ...
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