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Offer hydrating menu options this summer

For restaurant guests looking to beat the summer heat, serve hydrating, stand-out specialties that can become your seasonal staples. Experiencing culinary brain freeze? Play with classic and complex flavor profiles and track what resonates most with your guests.

Here are a handful of ideas that can inspire your tastemakers:

Popsicles. Made with 100 [...]

New Nutritional Menu Standards and the Craft Beer Industry

BY SABRINA SANCHEZ for Restaurant Magazine

In 2016, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be implementing a law that requires some restaurants and food establishments to disclose certain nutritional information for standard menu items. This law will become effective December 1, 2015 and must be in compliance by December 1, 2016. With [...]

Serving up the whole animal: Nose-to-tail cooking

Click here to view the original article published by the National Restaurant Association.

Move over, pork chops. Nose-to-tail cooking, in which chefs use the whole animal, continues to be trendy. At Chicago’s Publican, adventurous diners can savor everything from crispy pigs’ ears to pigtail terrine. “There’s only so much you can do [...]

7 Ideas for Your Cinco de Mayo Promotion

See original article posted by Ron Miller on Peach Works.com

You don’t have to have a Mexican restaurant to want to capitalize on the fun of a Cinco de Mayo celebrations. It’s right around the corner so if you’d like to do a promotion, it’s time to start planning. Here are 7 things [...]

Top 5 trends in restaurant side dishes

Original article posted on Nation’s Restaurant News.com by Bret Thorn

Photo courtesy of Village Whiskey

Although most of the attention on a plate tends to go to the main course, side dishes can add distinctiveness, visual appeal and health cues. As more restaurants focus on shared and small plates, these items, which [...]

Restaurants ready summer seafood specialties

Original Article from Nation’s Restaurant News.com by Fern Glazer

Spring may have recently arrived, but restaurant operators are already looking ahead to summer, which is prime season for many seafood favorites. Rather than just offering those standbys, many chefs are planning to riff on them, and also doing seafood-related interpretations of other summertime [...]

5 of the latest restaurant dessert trends

See the top 5 dessert trends from Nation’s Restaurant News.com written by Bret Thorn.

Photo courtesy of Trentina restaurant

American diners aren’t just looking for adventure when it comes to savory food; they also want it at dessert, according to chefs surveyed by the National Restaurant Association. The nearly 1,300 chefs polled [...]

Restaurants upgrade coffee offerings as consumer tastes mature

Coffee is America’s favorite hot beverage, and it’s getting hotter, with new consumers starting to drink it at a younger age and restaurants upgrading their coffee offerings. Learn more in this article from Nation’s Restaurant News, written by Bret Thorn.

Coffee by the numbers

According to a study conducted last year by menu [...]

Create memorable dining experiences for guests with food allergies

What are you doing to improve the dining experience for guests with food allergens? Most people’s best memories are shaped by food and beverage occasions, and diners with food allergies shouldn’t have to have different expectations, says Chef Gary Jones. Learn more in this article from the National Restaurant Association.

Jones, the culinary [...]

Top 5 breakfast trends for restaurants

Ethnic flavors, healthfulness and portability are expected to drive breakfast traffic this year, the National Restaurant Association found in its recent What’s Hot in 2015 chef survey.

Breakfast remains the industry’s fastest growing daypart, with visits rising 2 percent in the year ended in December 2014, according to NPD Group/Crest foodservice market research.

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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day, Caramel: The go-to dessert flavor

Caramel. Diners crave its sweetness and chefs love its versatility. It is the No. 3 dessert flavor on restaurant menus, second only to the ever-popular chocolate and vanilla, according to the most recent data from Datassential MenuTrends published in a recent article by Nation’s Restaurant News, written by Fern Glazer.

Not only is [...]

Restaurant Menu Watch: Bone broth trend is nothing new

The latest trendy food is arguably the most mundane one yet: Broth, according to a recent article from Nation’s Restaurant News, written by senior food editor Bret Thorn.

Specifically it’s meat broth, which is what most broth is, but chefs and trendspotters are calling it “bone broth.”

Julia Moskin declared in The New [...]