How Local Can You Go?

The popularity of farmers’ markets and local produce is making an indelible impact on restaurant menus. Dishes made with locally sourced vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses and dairy products continue to inspire chefs and garner praise from customers and restaurant owners. Large food distributors transport fruits and vegetables 1,500 miles on average in the United States … Continue reading “How Local Can You Go?”

Building Business Through Events

Every restaurant and bar has slow times, but special events can fill gaps in business and increase revenue. Sports fans enjoy congregating to celebrate team victories, and customers and event planners are always looking for unique settings for special events, a memorable party celebration or a polished dinner meeting. Restaurant industry sales are expected to … Continue reading “Building Business Through Events”

A New Twist on 3-D Printing

3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is quickly becoming the hot new technology in the food industry. It enables a high degree of customization in design, decoration and nutritional ingredients while saving time and reducing waste. The process is relatively simple: Chefs, caterers, food manufacturers and consumers are using computers to develop a custom … Continue reading “A New Twist on 3-D Printing”

Connecting Diners to Home Cooks

Umi Kitchen set its sights to become the Uber of home dining. The start-up company’s business strategy was to use a mobile app to connect diners to home cooks to sell homemade meals in their neighborhoods. Yet just four months after gaining start-up funding, Umi Kitchen suspended its New York operations.[1] While Umi Kitchen founders … Continue reading “Connecting Diners to Home Cooks”

Robots Take On Restaurants

Rising labor costs, labor shortages and concerns over quality have motivated both technology companies and food entrepreneurs to get serious about robotics in food service. As automation quickly moves into the restaurant industry, robots are improving quality and production in the kitchen and helping with service at the front of the house. The following are … Continue reading “Robots Take On Restaurants”

Restaurants Go for the Green

With chefs increasingly using local ingredients and extolling the benefits of farm-to-table dining, many restaurants have begun to incorporate a “green” theme into their restaurant décor. Walls and islands of greenery that feature ivy, flowering plants, fresh herbs and vegetables are appearing in restaurants across the country. These green spaces make patrons feel like they … Continue reading “Restaurants Go for the Green”

Pop-Up Restaurants Take Root

If you’re thinking about trying a new menu concept and want to enlist trendsetters as evangelists for your restaurant brand, you may want to consider producing a “pop-up” restaurant event. These unique dining experiences attract trendy influencers who use social media and make restaurant recommendations to their friends. The concept of temporary dining experiences originated … Continue reading “Pop-Up Restaurants Take Root”

The Hottest Menu Trends in 2017

Just when you think you’ve tasted it all, along comes new menu trends. A wide range of taste sensations are hitting restaurants across the nation. Some old favorites are taking a new turn, such as the re-emergence of traditional French cuisine and new variations of pasta dishes. Meanwhile, Korean and Filipino cuisines are quickly gaining popularity. … Continue reading “The Hottest Menu Trends in 2017”

Meal Kits Go Mainstream

Meal kit services have grown substantially in recent years in large urban areas. These kits contain pre-measured, pre-cut and pre-washed ingredients with easy recipes buyers can cook at home. U.S. sales for meal kit delivery services were estimated at $1.5 billion in 2016, and the segment is expected to grow into a multibillion-dollar market by … Continue reading “Meal Kits Go Mainstream”