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Exciting New Updates in MenuMax

Nutrition Updates in MenuMax

We are excited to announce a few new nutrition updates to help better your experience with MenuMax. With so many ongoing changes with nutrition and labeling regulation, it is our goal to provide a service that makes all back-of-house operations easier for you. We have updated ESHA data as [...]

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 [...]

Guidance for Industry: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments; Small Entity Compliance Guide

This guidance represents the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) current thinking on this topic. See the original post here. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if the approach satisfies the [...]

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 [...]

Powerful Tools to Manage Your Restaurant

MenuMax offers a comprehensive solution for food service professionals enabling the organization and optimization of recipe managment, food cost, nutrition analysis and inventory managment. However, many users overlook the many report functions MenuMax offers.

Included in a MenuMax subscription is a simple-to-use worksheet that helps create budgets and income statements for your operation. [...]

Culinary nutrition secrets of your summer fruits and veggies

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

I am a huge fan of summer and all the food it brings us. It is not only full of mouthwatering flavors, but also nourishment. Turns out, if you handle and cook fruits and veggies properly, you can bring out even more of their wondrous health benefits. [...]

This tool can help shave off calories in your recipes without compromising taste and flavor

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

As the saying goes, time is money. So when it comes to revamping your inventory with better-for-you foods, keeping up with the caloric and nutritional content of ingredients is typically not a top priority. This is understandable given that there are hundreds of new products flooding the [...]

Can healthy menus be profitable?

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Fighting obesity is not an individual fight. Yes, each person ultimately makes their own call, but when we are surrounded by fast food establishments and bombarded with cheap junk food, it becomes increasingly difficult to choose what’s right.

The other day I read an interview with Hank [...]

What to do when your 1000-calorie burger meets the new menu labeling law

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Being held responsible for your customers’ diets is probably not something a chef or an operator is looking forward to. Understandable.

But since the menu labeling law is just around the corner, you are going to need an easy-to-implement, reliable solution. Let’s face it: some of your [...]

How to Add More Flavor and Freshness with Summer Fruits and Veggies

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Summer is here which means a great variety of fruits and vegetables to cook with!

The beautiful thing about fresh fruits and veggies is that they offer a wide variety of colors which is important in conveying the flavors and freshness of the dish. Just think of [...]

Mommy, can I have a coke for breakfast?

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

The other day as I was getting my morning chai, I witnessed something that doesn’t happen very often: a lady behind the counter pretty much refused to serve a coke to a 3-year old! The result: the mother of the little girl walked out in embarrassment.

Perhaps this [...]

Gluten-free menus: embracing the craze!

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Call it a trend, a fad, or a diet, but gluten-free fare IS a big deal. One in one hundred thirty three individuals in the US claims to have Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Not only that, but between 2006 and 2010, sales of gluten-free products in [...]

Changing 'wanting' into 'buying': why the tide is about to turn

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

We say we want to eat healthy…but do we always follow through? Research has shown this is not always the case.

But even though it is proving to be a lot more difficult for consumers to do what they say, I would argue that it is only a [...]

Adding flavor and substance to your vegetable-based dishes

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Although vegetable-based dishes are becoming more popular, there is still plenty of work to be done before they earn the well-deserved respect and become a common occurrence on the menu.

In my conversations with a number of chefs about creating more vegetable-based dishes on the menu, two big [...]

Schnitzel, Calories and Real Food: What's on Your Menu?

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

If there were an underlying theme at the Nutrition & Health Conference this week, it most definitely was: ‘To stay healthy, choose to eat real food’.

The more we delve into the topic of healthy eating, the more it appears to shift from counting calories and fat [...]