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Health and Budget Concerns to Drive Food Trends in 2011

By: Nicole Reed, Communications Manager, MenuMax

As we are all aware, consumers are becoming more selective on how they spend their hard earned dollars. A recent article published at Restaurant News Resource gives insight on what consumers are looking for when choosing where to spend their money. According to Don Montuori, publisher at [...]

Is fresh produce driving your inventory costs up? Here are a few suggestions.

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Meeting consumer demand for healthier menu options often means expanding your produce inventory. And we all know how expensive it can be, especially when we are talking ‘organic’ and ‘out of season’.

Let’s look at some of the ways you can draw the most value out of your [...]

Skeptical about building a ‘healthy’ menu? Consider a different approach.

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

For years we have been told what ‘healthy’ eating means. The low fat, low calorie, low this, low that – unfortunately, this perception has become deeply rooted in our minds. It is no wonder that for chefs who have been trained to approach cooking as an art, the [...]

From ‘boring’ to ‘craveable’: creating nourishing recipes to delight your customers

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

“Delight your customers! Don’t kill them,” pleaded Chef Graham Kerr , the former producer and star of the Galloping Gourmet television show, when he spoke to the culinary students at the American Culinary Federation National Conference in August.

As I listened to the Chef Kerr’s passionate presentation, [...]

Spiced-up food helps fight cancer?

In yesterday’s post, we discussed how spicy, unique flavors can boost your chances of attracting new patrons, especially if your target diner is a young man. Today, we learn that those same spicy flavors can boost your immune system as well, according to a new study. The study found that adding spices to [...]

Restaurants Lure Families with Healthier Kids’ Menus, Free Meals

This Wall Street Journal article examines the trend of restaurants trying to attract more families. The family has been a largely untapped revenue source for some restaurants that previously didn’t even have a kids’ menu. But now, more upscale-casual establishments, like P. F. Chang’s, are gearing menus toward the youngest family members. Parents [...]