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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 [...]

Coffee at the tipping point

Just as this generation of coffee shops has made “venti” and “Frappuccino” part of the American vernacular, the newest foodservice coffee concepts are putting terms like “tasting notes” and “cold-brewed” on the radar.

Consumers’ growing interest in artisan craftsmanship has taken hold in the coffee category, as high-end independents lead a migration [...]

California lawmakers introduce ‘fair scheduling’ bill

Large food, retail employers would be required to schedule shifts two weeks in advance according to this article from Nation’s Restaurant News by Lisa Jennings. State lawmakers in California introduced a bill Tuesday that would require large food and retail employers to schedule workers at least two weeks in advance, or face penalties [...]

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 [...]

Tracking restaurant technology in 2014

Technology increasingly played a role in restaurant chain operations across the board this year, but one trend in particular stood out in 2014: mobile ordering and payment.Restaurant chains from Starbucks to Taco Bell rolled out or took the first step toward allowing guests to order ahead and pay via smartphone. Next year, [...]

7 critical skills every assistant manager should master

70% of a general manager’s bonus is directly dependent on the skillsets of the assistant manage

No matter how much of a workaholic your general manager (GM) may be, the fact is that 70% of a restaurant’s shifts are supervised — in whole or in part — by assistant managers. This means that [...]

Restaurants could see strong year in 2015

Learn why experts are predicting a strong 2015 in this article from the Nation’s Restaurant News, written by Jonathan Maze. Lower gas and commodity prices, coupled with high valuations and low debt costs, have generated some optimism for the restaurant industry heading into 2015.

That is the early takeaway from the Restaurant Finance [...]