What is your restaurant missing?

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 […]

5 food holidays to celebrate in November, from nachos to French toast

By Megan Prevost With the end of the year approaching fast, it’s time to celebrate the last of the food holidays in November. Strap in for a sweet month because we’ve got lots of sugary holidays on the docket! Celebrating a food holiday is a great way to introduce new menu items and specials while […]

How restaurants are adjusting their menus to stay viable

Confronted with labour shortages, inflation, supply-chain stretches, and other operational challenges, restaurants are having to find a variety of ways to adjust their business model to stay attractive to consumers and stay viable within a competitive industry. Many of those changes have come on menus. Toast’s first Voice of the Restaurant Industry survey found that […]

5 food holidays to celebrate in October, from tacos to chocolate

By Megan Prevost It’s almost October, so you know what that means: fall goodies, Halloween decorations and candy, and of course, pumpkin spice everything. But how do you choose what items to showcase or what specials to run? Sometimes there are just too many delicious foods to feature. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. Every month […]

How to incorporate the trendiest ingredients into your bowls

Food bowls have become popular in recent years, with 35 per cent of Canadian restaurants now featuring either a savoury or sweet bowl option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Many consumers are looking for healthy, value-conscious meals, and food bowls fit the bill. Beautifully simple, bowls typically include a base, a protein, complementary toppings, and […]

Is your restaurant allergen-friendly?

By Adrian Johansen When you’re operating a restaurant, you have a lot on your plate — both literally and figuratively. You have to assemble and manage your crew. You have to oversee the financials. You have to ensure that your business is being promoted and marketed effectively. Above all, you have to provide your guests […]

5 food holidays to celebrate in September, from guacamole to cheeseburgers

By Megan Prevost It’s that time again! Time to start planning the next month’s events and specials for your restaurant menu. If you’re having a hard time brainstorming ways to increase revenue in the month of September, consider celebrating food holidays! These holidays are simple and easy to plan for and have the potential to […]

QR codes seem here to stay despite diner disdain

Foodservice’s embrace of technological solutions was hastened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic, safety, and staffing challenges it brought on. But it isn’t just new innovations we’ve seen rise to prominence in the last few years. QR codes, a tool once sidelined, have rebounded in a big way. These days, in the second half […]

The fall flavours that could define the season in 2022

Fall is right around the corner and along with cool mornings and cozy sweaters comes this year’s newest fall flavours. Not a pumpkin spice fan? Not to worry, as this year’s top picks include something delicious for everyone. As you’ve probably noticed, many restaurants and retailers are signalling the end of summer, introducing their fall […]

How to use design to make your restaurant stand out — part 1: food & menus

By Megan Prevost Even if your restaurant makes the world’s best food, it won’t survive without a solid marketing strategy in place. Most restaurant marketing experts know that customers aren’t simply seeking something to eat; they’re seeking an experience. If you want to create an experience at your restaurant, you’ll want to design and establish […]