Pop-up restaurants are thriving, literally popping up everywhere and catering to consumers who clamor for out-of-the-box, exciting, novel, and ‘different’ dining experiences. While they are currently trending in the food industry, this informal dining concept actually harkens back to the underground speakeasy clubs of the prohibition-era, followed by the popular high-end ‘supper club’ dining destinations, where the social aspect of the gathering was just as important as the food itself.
With food pre-ordering and takeout dining on the rise, the restaurant industry is enhancing its digital ordering capabilities and creating new-and-improved collection options. Convenience is the name of the game in the mobile era, and what could be more convenient for customers than ordering food directly from their phone?
Attention All Restaurateurs: If you are interested in the latest food-and-beverage news and want to stay up-to-date with what’s new in the industry, you have come to the right place. Except that what’s making headlines these days is not only what’s on the menu – rather, what’s causing quite a stir and generating a cauldron of excitement is groundbreaking restaurant technology in the form of artificial intelligence and voice ordering.
Pumpkin season has arrived – and that’s great news if you work in foodservice. According to the experts, there is an allure to short windows of consumer enjoyment, with seasonal dishes experiencing a 26% increase in orders. In the words of trendologist Kara Nielsen: “Seasonality is one food trend you can put your money behind.”
Welcome to the wonderful world of Einkorn – said to be the very first form of cultivated wheat in the history of mankind! Dubbed the ‘great-grandfather’ of the world of wheat, einkorn can be traced back tens of thousands of years to around 7500 BC during the Paleolithic Era when archeological finds indicate that it was grown in the fertile areas of the Tigris-Euphrates region.
If you work in foodservice and are looking for ways to rise above the competition, invest in personalized guest experiences. One of the latest buzz words in the biz, savvy restaurant owners, catering service operators, bakery and bar owners are pulling out all the stops to customize their menus for consumers and make them feel like they matter.
Restaurant staff turnover rates, currently at a staggering 73%, are wreaking havoc in the U. S. foodservice industry and major headaches for restaurant owners in all sectors of the biz. Not only is finding qualified managerial, dining room, and kitchen staff an ongoing challenge, but with the dizzyingly high employee drop-out rate, businesses are losing precious time and money in training and re-hiring.
Pronounced free-kah and sometimes called ‘farik,’ freekeh is one grain that is truly ancient. It has been a staple in Middle Eastern diets since the earliest of times, but like with many of the other heirloom grains and seeds we have been visiting in our series, freekeh has recently surged in the Western world, where it has smitten chefs and consumers alike.
Celery juice is in the spotlight, in the limelight, and stealing the show from myriads of other natural products on the market. While creating a sea of controversy regarding its proposed healing properties and assets, there is no doubt about it: Celery juice hype has captivated the beverage industry, and more importantly for foodservice providers, it has caught the attention of consumers.
Salt is by far one of the oldest and most prolifically used ingredients in recipes around the world. Second-to-none when it comes to infusing dishes with flavor, there is not a single chef’s spice rack that does not prominently feature at least one type of cooking salt.