Trend watch: Restaurant menu items to look out for in September 2020

By Sophie Mir As ever, Canadian restaurants continue to strive to keep up with customer demands and seasonal trends. With summer slowly but surely turning into fall, we’ve broken down three developing menu trends you’ll see across the country this autumn. Oat Mylk Soy, almond and coconut mylks have been on menus for a while, […]

Trend watch: marine eats, wellness, and all things plant-based

By Sophie Mir Here are some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus. Marine Eats Offering savoury umami flavour complexity and a wide array of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, aquatic-based ingredients are emerging on menus in two ways. First, operators are shining a light on new seaweeds and other marine-based ingredients, […]

In With the Old: Tastes continue to evolve, but don’t forget about the classics

By Scott Stewart Looking ahead to 2020, Canadian menu trends will continue to follow the trajectory of recent years. Specifically, demand for global flavours will further evolve on restaurant menus. Not only are they an increasingly important part of the overall food market, but restaurants are the tip of the spear when it comes to […]

Recipe Club: Ten ways to use garam masala

By McCormick Canada Garam masala is a gorgeous blend of ground spices originating from the Indian subcontinent, and it’s the perfect addition to add a little kick to some of your favourite dishes. Typically a concoction of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, cumin, coriander, nutmeg and peppercorns, this staple blend injects warmth and soul into everything from […]

One Trend, Three Ways: The new wave of non-alcoholic drinks

By Sophie Mir Non-alcoholic drinks remain a top mealpart at Canadian restaurants. Per Technomic’s Ignite menu data, almost all Canadian operators (99.4 per cent) menu non-alcoholic beverages. (If not menued, then they’re almost certainly available.) According to Technomic’s 2018 Canadian Beverage Consumer Trend Report, beverage consumption from foodservice has remained steady over the past two […]

Back to Basics: Why mastering hospitality is the key to marketing your restaurant

By Gregory Furgala Remember charcoal? Remember how it was suddenly affixed seemingly every menu? If you don’t, here’s an incomplete list of what it made its way into: burger buns, pizza, lemonade, ice cream (and cones), lattes, macarons, croissants, crepes, waffles, wontons, ravioli, mozzarella and crusted on tuna. Chatelaine proclaimed, “This dark and moody food […]