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Culinary careers go way beyond the restaurant

As culinary career options expand beyond the traditional restaurant work, culinary schools across the U.S. have enjoyed sharp spikes in enrollment over the past year. While schools typically benefit from economic downturns, the culinary phenomenon can also be attributed to a vast expansion of options made recently available. The book “Food Jobs: 150 [...]

State of the food & beverage industry

Today, we bring you an in-depth¬ report from FoodProcessing.com that reflects on the year behind and predicts what is to come in the year ahead. With nine categories of analysis, you are sure to find some information relevant to your sector of the industry.

The categories are:

Bakery/Bread Beverages Breakfasts/Cereals Confectionery Dairy Frozen [...]

More restaurant menu trends coming in 2010

Due to the popularity of our previous posts on experts’ predictions for next year’s restaurant menus, we bring you five more trends expected to pop up in 2010. This time, the crystal ball belongs to industry researchers at Mintel.

Their big five predictions are:

Return to Simplicity Artisan-inspired¬ touches Retail-restaurant connection Healthier menus [...]

Local food distributors a growing niche

An entrepreneur was born when Eric Hahn asked himself a simple question:¬ “Why isn’t more of the food eaten in Michigan grown in Michigan?” The local foodservice distribution industry joins¬ restaurants and farms in the locavore movement to keep food close to its source. Read the entire¬ article¬ from the Detroit Free Press [...]

2010 food and beverage trends predicted

High-profile restaurant creators Joseph Baum¬ and Michael Whiteman predict the trends we should expect to see in restaurants next year. They may lack¬ a crystal-ball, but these seasoned pros have the experience and insight to make some good guesses. Read this Hotels magazine article for their top twelve trends, plus a list of [...]

Food recycling mandated in San Francisco. How can you reduce food waste?

With an eye toward the ambitious goal of zero waste by the year 2020, the city of San Francisco has enacted an unprecedented food-recycling mandate. Restaurants, businesses and residents are required to separate food waste from other trash. The special food bins are picked up by city workers, who then compost the waste.The [...]

Thrifty Diners Order Fancy Food…For Takeout Only

After a long week at work, Taryn Sardoni usually looks forward to changing into a dress, slipping on a pair of high heels and heading out to a swanky dinner with friends. She recently forfeited her usual outing, however, in favor of another dining destination: The living room of her fifth-floor walk-up in Hoboken. After a long week at work, Taryn Sardoni usually looks forward to changing into a dress, slipping on a pair of high heels and heading out to a swanky dinner with friends. She recently forfeited her usual outing, however, in favor of another dining destination: The living room of her fifth-floor walk-up in Hoboken. [...]