Opening a restaurant in 2024

By Dawn Castell Thinking about opening a restaurant this year? Embarking on this exciting new venture brings the thrill of opportunity along with the need for strategic foresight and meticulous planning. In today’s dynamic culinary landscape, success hinges on a foundation built upon data including market insights, innovation, and a commitment to excellence. Aspiring restaurateurs […]

The Allergy Chef is changing the world, one bite at a time

By Jessica Brill Restaurants work hard to create and serve delicious dishes, but with ever-changing consumer habits and diner preferences, this can be a challenge. When you add food allergies to the equation, chefs can really have their work cut out for them when crafting dishes that are available to a broad range of customers. […]

Trending treats for winter dessert menus

By Mark Plumlee ‘Tis the season get guests excited for new, craveable, seasonal treats on your menu. Desserts remain a popular item for diners, and although 21 per cent of diners say they’ve eaten dessert in the last 24 hours, studies show that number is actually closer to 63 per cent. Now’s the perfect time […]

Add food and beverage pairings to your menu

When you’re looking to increase guest cheque totals at your restaurant, adding pairings to your menu might just do the trick. Suggestive selling, or upselling, becomes simpler when your team has the tools to easily pair complementary food and beverages. Wine pairings are the traditional way to go, but there are other ways to boost […]

Creating a prix fixe menu for your event

As the holidays approach and events are hosted, there may be occasions when your restaurant is looking to change up your special occasion menus. Prix fixe is a set menu with courses and a set price, and it can offer something a little different for your guests – not to mention alleviating some of the […]

Restaurants focus on value during continued inflation

As inflation and the higher cost of living persist, consumers continue to prioritize value as the try to save their pennies. Off-premise dining remains a popular choice for consumers. In fact, in-person dining decreased this month by nine per cent, with the last three months seeing a steady decline in guest counts for restaurants. As […]

Breakfast sales continue to rise and shine

As more and more Canadians return to the office, breakfast is gaining momentum for commuters. QSRs are benefiting from increased morning traffic that’s ramping up breakfast sales and boosting their bottom lines. 34 per cent of Canadians don’t want to cook breakfast for themselves, and 40 per cent say they eat outside the house in […]

July food holidays to celebrate at your restaurant

Summer is the perfect time to celebrate food holidays, get people excited to be out on the patio, and draw in a new seasonal crowd. You can go big with décor and entertainment, or you can scale down to include just a few feature items on your menu. Celebrating food holidays is a great way […]