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8 Fantastic Menu Engineering Tips to Spice Up Your Restaurant

It’s called restaurant menu engineering for a reason. It means there is far more to a restaurant menu than its immediate visual impact – things like layout, color scheme, and illustration.Fashioning your restaurant’s menu should feel like engineering a seamless system. When done the right way, it will simplify purchases, enhance the way clients perceive […]

Don’t Throw Away! 5 Splendid Ways to Use the Overripe Fruit in Your Restaurant

Oh, lovely summer bounty! While we relish the blazing sun and gaze at gardens flush with vibrant fruits and vegetables, we muse on how heated July has already bestowed us with a large harvest. Needless to say, the overabundance of fresh produce has us purchasing under a spell. We think of the fragrant, luscious fruit […]

Watermelon 101: Picking, Cutting, Storing & Drink Recipes

Did you know that watermelon is one of the world’s healthiest foods? It owes its claim to fame for its high water content, its high content of lycopene, and its high levels of vitamin A and carotenoids including cancer-fighting lycopene. Best of all, it’s low in calories, high volume, filling, satisfying, and thirst-quenching. Plus it’s […]

How to Choose the Right Wholesale Supplier for Your Restaurant

Whether wholesale purveyors, green farms, or local food markets, restaurant food suppliers play a critical role in delivering a memorable gastronomic experience. There are many different sorts of food suppliers out there. Still, we’ll focus on those carrying produce and perishables such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs, fish, and meats. Due to their limited shelf […]

Why More and More Restaurants Turn to Locally Sourced Produce

The term local (or locally produced, or locally sourced) is among the most subjective ones in our industry. On the one hand, it could refer to foods cultivated between 10 and 100 miles away from your restaurant…or even farther than that. For example, USDA’s Natural Agricultural Library (quotes the 2008 Farm Bill) states that locally […]

A Practical Guide on Reducing Food Waste in Your Restaurant

According to the UNEP’s Food Waste Index Report from 2021, around 17% of the global food production is consigned to the waste bin. And we were shocked to find that 26% of that waste comes from the foodservice industry alone (versus 13% from retail). But is it really that much of a shock? Anyone who […]

Fermented Foods Are Among the Healthiest Trends

How often have you bought kefir from the supermarket in the past month? How hard was it to find that fantastic Kombucha brand? And when will you get the chance to restock on some Korean kimchi? That cider you had with your friends, the wine you enjoyed with your lover last summer…! Apart from tasting […]

Food Industry Challenges – Making Ends Meet in the New Shortage Economy

While the entire global economy grasps at straws, the food industry takes one massive hit after another. Shortages continue to breach most areas of the supply chain, from warehousing, transportation, shipping, rents, and labor to various resources such as gas, lumber, chicken wings, and even computer chips! As demand quickly increases, industry professionals now strive […]

The Eden of Edible Flowers: More than Embellishment

If you thought restaurants only add flowers for extravagant plating, you might be in for a surprise or two. Far from being a modern-day gastronomic addition, edible flowers have found extensive use in the old times of Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese. Many such early civilizations have skillfully blended them into their ritual, medicine, […]

If Millions Are Unemployed, Then Why Can’t Companies Find Workers?

You must have heard about the spiking unemployment rate ascribed to the worldwide pandemic: this is no news. So what’s the labor shortage of 2021 all about? According to The Wall Street Journal, this spring has seen more job openings in the U.S. than before the pandemic hit in March 2020. Despite that, so many restaurants have found […]

Know Your Stone Fruit – A quick guide to this season’s best picks!

Wait a second…what’s a Stone Fruit? As the name hints, a stone fruit, also known as a drupe, generally describes a thin-skinned fleshy fruit containing a pit with a ‘stone’ (essentially a tough seed) at its center. Hence the silly name. Common examples include almonds, mangos, plums, olives, cherries, peaches, lychees, blackberries and raspberries (the […]

Bananas vs. Plantains – What’s the difference?

So what’s all the confusion about bananas and plantains? They look similar, and they’re both fruits that are very nutritious. Well, although there are many similarities, they are also very different, and here’s why. How are Bananas and Plantains different? Coming from the same family of plants, bananas and plantains are both considered fruits that […]

Everything You Need To Know About Asparagus

Known around the world as the queen of vegetables, asparagus isn’t just healthy but delicious too. Harvested at its peak, spring is the perfect time to purchase and enjoy them. They’re full of flavor and nutrition, as well as being reasonably priced. It’s also a great way to sneak some fiber into your diet as […]

The Ultimate 10 Food Trends in 2021

  The food industry brings new rules to the game this year. The COVID pandemic left its mark on every industry under the sun. The food industry has seen both sides of the coin because of the harsh restrictions.  It’s particularly interesting because while some parts of the story continue (i.e. the increase in the […]

Cantaloupe: Storing, Health Benefits & Fun facts

Want to control your weight? Eat cantaloupe! Potassium-rich cantaloupe has shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. It contains a relatively high amount of water, fiber, and low in calories. So, the next time you go shopping and need to pick a deliciously sweet fruit, cantaloupe is a must. A large […]

Strawberries 101: Storing, Preserving, Nutrition & Health Benefits

Best Methods for Washing & Storing Strawberries There’s nothing quite like eating a perfectly ripe strawberry. Besides the fact that they can be expensive, it’s not easy picking out the perfect ones. In fact, there’s nothing worse than buying a pint of strawberries only to find out after opening that some are moldy or they’re […]

All You Need To Know About Fiddleheads Ferns

What Are Fiddlehead Ferns A fiddlehead ferns is a vegetable that has tightly coiled tips and grows in the wild.  Best Time Of Year To Purchase They are available early spring, generally from mid-April through early May depending on the rainfall. The Origin They are foraged only for a limited number of weeks in the […]

Green Smoothie And Lemonade Recipes To Boost Your Health

We can do our best to eat right and exercise but at the end of the day, we inevitably expose ourselves daily to environmental toxins. Our bodies are able to handle some of it, but it’s best not to overwhelm our liver. It will leave you feeling sluggish, tired, and unwell. That’s when it would […]