Back of House

  • Delivery trends have some restaurants adjusting their approach

    September 25, 2023
    Off-premise dining remains a fan favourite for consumers, with dining out remaining only slightly more popular. In fact, 58 per cent of consumers have ordered delivery in the last month, compared to 62 per cent who have dined in a restaurant. The frequency of ordering has increased, too, with 51 per cent of Canadians ordering food ...
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  • Can your restaurant get greener?

    September 22, 2023
    Many restaurants are making strides to lower their carbon footprints, as part of their business goals and in an attempt to address rising diner demand. But before diving into a complete overhaul, identifying potential stumbling blocks can help make the road shorter. Creating a plan that identifies where your greatest impediments lay means getting ahead ...
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  • Give your seasonal menu a fall refresh

    September 20, 2023
    The changing of the seasons is a great time to switch up your menu, adding fall flavours and comfort foods your customers crave. Creating a seasonal menu means that it’s temporary (to be changed with the next season) so it also encourages your guests to visit you and try the menu before it disappears. You ...
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  • Get your restaurant set up for catering

    September 13, 2023
    Just as the holiday season approaches, restaurants are seeing an uptick in catering requests from their customers. Although the demand for catering has been recovering steadily since the pandemic, some restaurant chains have seen as much as a 43 per cent increase in this sector over last year. As restaurants get ready to add catering to ...
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  • Keeping pesky pests out of your restaurant

    September 7, 2023
    By Brandon Thorsell As restaurants maintain safety standards and practices by checking temperatures, cleaning up spills, and sanitizing stations, there may be weak spots in your building that allow pests to enter and nest as they look for accessible food sources. Without a grasp on how and why these animals enter your commercial kitchen, you could be ...
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  • AI-driven kitchen automation is a transformative force

    September 6, 2023
    By Damon Shrauner In the ever-evolving culinary industry, AI-driven kitchen automation is emerging as a transformative force, reshaping the traditional paradigms of food preparation and service. As the demands for efficiency, consistency, and evolution continue to rise, the convergence of automation and AI is not only redefining the way kitchens operate but also reimagining the entire dining ...
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  • The first taste of fall has arrived on menus

    August 24, 2023
    As the summer comes to a close and cooler weather arrives, fall’s unofficial favourite flavour – pumpkin spice – is finding its way onto menus earlier and earlier. While fall doesn’t actually arrive until September 23, some QSRs are using back-to-school to launch their fall LTOs in the late summer, starting with the launch of ...
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  • How restaurants are addressing continued supply chain disruption

    August 21, 2023
    As supply chain management issues persist, disruptions, delays, and rising costs continue to make it difficult for many restaurants to manage. Many operators have made changes to their businesses to address these issues, from menu adjustments to a larger supplier list to automation, and more. But some have found that delivery is helping them save ...
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  • Are you giving your guests what they want?

    August 10, 2023
    From the menu to the experience, guests have an expectation when they visit your restaurant. Are you delivering on that expectation? Do you know what your guests want from your restaurant? Datassential’s mid-year trend report gives us a look at what diners value most when they go out to eat these days, as we proceed ...
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  • The costly consequences of long restaurant lines

    August 9, 2023
    By Matt Parkin In the bustling world of restaurant management, the sight of long lines forming at your establishment can evoke mixed emotions. On one hand, you might be filled with pride in the success of your business and the traffic that you’re seeing. On the other hand, feelings of stress and fear can emerge from ...
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  • Make your menu pop with pop culture

    August 8, 2023
    Pop culture is making its way into every facet of our lives, and restaurants are no exception. From the movies to social media trends to “secret hacks,” pop culture may just have a place in your restaurant marketing. If you’re looking to get attention for your restaurant, consider a trendy approach. Think pink Think about putting movies ...
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  • Using social media to grow your restaurant’s profits

    August 3, 2023
    Social media and food go hand in hand as foodies search for recipes, post pics of their dishes, and connect with like-minded diners globally. Does your marketing plan include a social media strategy? If not, it’s time to get social! These platforms can help you reach an untapped audience, announce news, engage with your customers, ...
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  • Concepts to Watch: Wings Up!, Kuto Comptoir a Tartares, Tahini’s

    August 2, 2023
    By Katie Belflower In the crowded foodservice world, standing out from the competition is vital. A key element in attracting and retaining customers is nailing down your restaurant concept and creating a menu that reflects your brand. In each edition of Technomic’s Concepts to Watch, we highlight three restaurants that are showing innovation and inspiration across ...
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  • Are restaurant surcharges a growing trend?

    August 1, 2023
    As restaurants continue to look for creative ways to get ahead in today’s economy, some operators are adding surcharges to the bill. While many diners balked at rising tipflation earlier this year, surcharges may be easier to swallow, as the industry starts to make changes for the better. Typically, the surcharges look like a line item ...
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  • Cocktails are raising the bar with texture, function, and nature

    July 21, 2023
    By Katie Belflower How are cocktails faring, as inflation continues, and what trends are hitting menus this year? Although alcoholic beverage item counts are still not back to pre-pandemic levels, with an 8.3 per cent decline on menus since Q1 of 2020, mentions are up 5.2 per cent on menus in the past year, revealing that ...
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