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Welcome to the world of amaranth, another ancient grain making a modern-day comeback. A relatively unknown powerhouse until recently, amaranth is now rapidly climbing the ‘superfood’ charts, emerging as one of the hottest trends in the food industry.
What popular food trends are taking prominence on restaurant menus this year? Food industry specialists predict the proliferation of spices and flavors from around the world. Let’s take a closer look at what they have to say, including the specific ethnic cuisines taking center stage, why the modern surge in global flavor exploration, and what chefs need to know about ingredient selection and cooking methods for preparing an authentic ethnic dish.
In our recent article, “Restaurant Robotics Are Here to Stay,” we talked about the dawn of the robot age and whether robots entering the food industry meant that people (waiters, chefs, bartenders) were on their way out. We concluded that only time would tell but urged restaurant owners to continue to follow automation trends while acknowledging that the human element was unlikely to be eliminated altogether.
In an age when national coffee chains and heavy hitters like Starbucks have been dominating the market, can your local coffee shop or regional coffee chain survive? Indeed, as the year 2019 sets in, the question on everyone’s mind is: Can the small coffee shop owner compete against the big guns and live to tell the tale?
The New Year has arrived, making this the perfect time to check out the latest wedding catering trends. Whether you manage a restaurant, catering service, food bar, take-out operation, or food truck, here are some of the wedding food trends on the horizon for 2019.
To compost or not to compost? If you manage a restaurant or operate any type of food venue, you already know that “to compost or not” is no longer the question. While composting may have once been optional, taking care of food waste is now the golden standard in the foodservice industry.
Kid friendly meals are hot ticket items. And not just any kid friendly meals or children’s menus. Gourmet is the name of the game and parents are willing to pay top dollar for healthier, more exotic, and delicious children’s food choices. But what is gourmet, why pay more for it and how can you incorporate it into your restaurant menu?
As we’ve already discussed, choosing the right refrigeration unit (or units) for a commercial kitchen is an essential part of setting up a food-service business. A full range of refrigerators – all with a different purpose – includes reach-in units, undercounter fridges, walk-ins, merchandisers, and more.
Whether you think of them as the pre-game warm-ups of the restaurant industry, or the sound-checks of the hospitality business, pre-shift meetings are a vital part of running a successful restaurant. Starting each shift in your restaurant without a pre-shift meeting or “pep-talk” is to overlook a great opportunity to connect, encourage, and educate your team.
The restaurant industry is notoriously competitive and physically draining; however, sometimes the hard work and financial investment pays off and your restaurant turns into a huge success. If that happens, and if you’re an ambitious and confident business owner, your thoughts might turn to opening a second restaurant based on the belief that doubling locations could mean doubling your success.