All posts by Dana Williams
Every era has its own iconic food that typifies that generation. For example, a decade ago, avocado toast made news headlines as the millennial dish. Today’s younger generation also has its own food favorites, and a unique way of engaging with food. Are you clued into Gen Z food trends? How many of these dishes have you heard of? Give yourself a point for each dish you are familiar with:
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an extra-spicy beef gyro with lettuce and tomato, wrapped in fresh, warm pita bread with hot sauce and a can of Pepsi on the side. And it’s catching a ride from the restaurant to the customer’s home in the basket of a food delivery drone.
These winged waiters are the futuristic delivery method emerging on the horizon. Literally. In some restaurants, drones are taking the place of food couriers. In other places, they are inside the restaurant itself, carefully carrying the food from the kitchen to the dining room. Proponents of drone food delivery hope to redefine the food industry, claiming that drones are more efficient, reliable, and even more affordable than in-person service. Others in the industry are more cautious, and think the trend will take several years to “get off the ground.”
Put your signature mark on every touch point of your business by learning the art and skill of what has been coined “Five Sensory Dining.” Have you heard of the cruise ship that offers its customer a “Journey for the Senses?” No matter where guests are dining, onboard or during onshore excursions, they aim to create sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and touch experiences that entertain all five senses. If you work in the foodservice industry and want to edge out the competition, don’t leave customer experience to chance.
If you work in foodservice and haven’t yet tapped into what is currently one of the biggest business trends of the millennium, it’s time to step up to the plate and sink your teeth into the Grab and Go Market. Also known by the acronym GNG, Grab & Go or Grab-and-Go, refers to ready-to-eat, pre-packaged food items sold in your establishment. Not surprisingly, the largest body of consumers, literally eating up the opportunity, are millennials, the on-the-go Gen Y and the younger Gen Z populations.
If you work in the food or beverage industry and are wondering how to create a restaurant menu that sells, you have come to the right place! It’s common knowledge that great food and drink, above-average customer service, and a super-smooth guest experience are some of the key ingredients to business success. But did you know that the potential power and profitability of a well-crafted menu is often underrated?
Berry season is back, and with it, a potential bonanza for anyone working in the foodservice industry. Wherever berries can be found around the world, strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry flavors top consumers’ all-time favorite lists. They appeal to individuals of all ages, and they can be found in recipes for breakfasts, desserts, beverages, and side dishes. But did you know that there is an entire smorgasbord of equally delicious and nutritious berries just waiting to be discovered by your chefs and devoured by your customers?
If you follow food industry trends, you know that sourdough bread sales peaked during the corona crisis when interest in making sourdough at home became one of the most popular activities worldwide. Dubbed by some as a culinary silver lining to the pandemic, recipes for the naturally leavened bread went viral, with renowned chefs and bakers posting sourdough how-to videos online and using social media to demystify the unique baking process.
With the days of quarantines, closures, and social distancing rules gradually waning, restaurant owners are anxiously waiting to see what the future holds for their businesses in a post-COVID-19 reality. Forward-thinking restaurateurs, however, are taking things into their own hands, exploring any and all means of staying one step ahead of the competition in 2021. If you own a food or beverage ‘biz and are looking for practical steps to help your eatery thrive in the aftermath of corona, you have come to the right place.
Croutons, traditionally made from yesterday’s stale bread crusts, are experiencing a modern-day makeover. Creative croutons are on the rise in restaurants and topping chefs’ lists for favorite ingredients. Breathing new life into a food that has been around since the 17th century, now is the time for forward-thinking foodservice pros to jump on the bandwagon and learn all they can about what’s new in croutons and how to incorporate them into their menus.
If you are looking for new dishes and ingredients to add to your restaurant’s holiday menu, think “nut butters.” Rising to the top of the popularity charts among professional chefs and bakers alike, your customers are in for a New Year’s treat as you introduce their pallets to the likes of walnut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, soy nut butter, and even seed butters for those with nut allergies.