The lasting changes and passing fads of COVID-19

By Mark Plumlee COVID-19 brought massive, sweeping changes to the restaurant industry. Now, with the vaccine rollout well underway and provinces continuing to reopen their restaurants, one giant question remains unanswered. Looking at some of the many shifts restaurant operations have seen over the past year, which ones will turn out to be passing fads? […]

Starbucks introducing braille menus in North America

Starbucks has announced that it will be introducing large-print and braille menus to all of its restaurants across the United States and Canada starting this summer to help its visually impaired customers. The braille menus were developed in partnership with National Braille Press. The coffee giant has also begun offering a service that connects blind […]

New additions to breakfast menus across Canada

By Laura McGuire and Aaron Jourden Opportunities for operators to boost traffic at breakfast are expanding. Growing consumer interest in around-the-clock foodservice options, as well as a greater emphasis on convenience and better-for-you attributes in the morning are leading to some breakfast movements gaining greater traction. Here’s a look at three trends operators can incorporate […]

September’s top restaurant menu trends to watch

By Aaron Jourden What are Canadians interested in eating this month? Here’s a hint: Mexican flavours are flourishing on menus, while vegetarian food has wide appeal and seafood is being presented in new and unique ways. Here’s a look at some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus this month. Mexico’s flavours […]

August’s top restaurant concepts to watch

By Aaron Jourden In this edition of “concepts to watch,” we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners this August. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: Kekuli Cafe Coffee & Bannock Instagram: 1,232 followers | Facebook: 6,197 | Twitter: 5,398 followers Locations: […]

Crickets, anyone? Up-and-coming alternative proteins to add to your menu

A look at the new alternative proteins you can expect to see more often on restaurant menus By Kavita Sabharwal What protein means to consumers has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Restaurants have gone from offering only the basics (chicken, steak or pork chops) and maybe if they were lucky, one or two seafood […]

New ways to highlight fish and seafood on your menu

By Laura McGuire Canada has a bounty of waters to fish from, but little has changed over the years with fish and seafood offerings at restaurants. The predictable plating of fish and seafood is partly due to chefs continuing to cook with the same traditional species like salmon and tuna, and running short of ideas […]

Staying on trend with healthy kids’ menus and menu labeling

By Jasmine Kafka Consumer trends are reaching the point where restaurant operators need to seriously consider adding healthier items and nutritional information to their kids’ menus. 78 per cent of Canadian parents state that health and nutrition are important factors in their purchasing decisions at restaurants (Menu Labelling Remains Important Issue for Canadians, Technomic, 2014). […]