Insights & Trends
Finding the Best Commercial Patio Heater for Your Business
Cooler weather shouldn’t mean that you need to close your patio. A commercial patio heater is ideal for extending the outdoor dining season at your restaurant or bar.
Adding Food Delivery to the Menu: Everything You Need to Get Started
It’s no secret that the pandemic took a major toll on the restaurant industry. Due to lockdown orders and social distancing guidelines during the height of the chaos, droves of struggling restaurants added delivery service to their menus in an effort to salvage as...
How Restaurants Can Adjust to the Ongoing Labor Shortage
Few industries felt the impact of COVID-19 more than restaurants. Yet even as case rates go down and government restrictions fade, restaurants continue to struggle with the labor shortage the coronavirus left in its wake. High restaurant staff turnover has always been an issue, but the pandemic sparked a labor shortage much larger and more pervasive than ever before.
It IS easy being green! Sustainable restaurant practices made simple.
The concept of sustainability can be described as the practice of living within our means. Whether that principle applies to our checking account or the inventory in our refrigerator, living sustainably is all about making our available resources last until they can be replenished without disrupting the supply. Being conscientious of resources and waste hasn’t always been a priority in the restaurant industry, but thanks to lots of research and public awareness, the times, they are a-changin’.
What is a Ghost Kitchen (a.k.a Delivery-Only Kitchen)?
Though ghost restaurants started becoming trendy prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was only during 2020 when these delivery-only restaurants really started to skyrocket in popularity. According to a recent report by CBRE, ghost kitchens could account for as much as 21% of the restaurant industry’s total profits by 2025. That’s big business. So what is a ghost kitchen exactly? Let’s take a closer look at what they are, how they operate, and what their impact will be on the industry going forward.
Plant-Based Restaurants: The Future of Sustainability (and Profitability)
Sustainable cooking and kitchen practices are major factors influencing the recent proliferation of plant-based restaurants, but they’re not the only ones. From vegan fast food options designed to attract new customers, to a heightened focus on catering to diners with food sensitivities, there are a variety of reasons why vegan options should be on your restaurant’s radar.
Self-Service & Food Safety in a Post-Pandemic World
At long last, some semblance of normalcy has returned. As the country emerges from the grips of a global pandemic, we’re left with one question: What comes next? Customer perception has been rewired to keep sanitation top of line, and this has created some concern over the future of self-serve salad bars and buffets. Learn what consumers want and tips for safe self-service in a post-pandemic world.
How Home Meal Kit Service Can Boost Your Restaurant’s Bottom Line
The Covid-19 pandemic inspired an unprecedented wave of innovation and creativity throughout the restaurant industry, as businesses struggled to stay afloat while reducing capacity limits and practicing social distancing. Now that the world is starting to open back up again, industry experts have been speculating about how many of these Covid-era innovations will stick around for the long haul. Home meal kits and grab-and-go options are two of the most popular trends of 2020, but will they continue to be viable in 2021 and beyond?
2021 State of the Restaurant Industry: Where Do We Go After 2020?
2020 was definitely not an ideal year for anybody. Especially those in foodservice. But good news, things are looking up. See what’s trending and what’s in store for the foodservice and hospitality industries in 2021.
Ventless Hoods and How They Can Help Your Foodservice Thrive
Ventless hoods enable you to take your cooking operation anywhere, providing portability, flexibility, and resolving space constraints. Learn all the pros and best use situations, and how they’ve helped operations flourish during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grab-N-Go: School Solutions for Safe Serving, Portable Meal Programs, and A-La-Carte Upsells
The right grab-n-go solution can resolve many obstacles school meal programs have faced as a result of COVID-19. These include safely delivering meals to students, alleviating menu fatigue, and softening the financial blow by promoting a-la-carte upsells.
Profiting with Pizza: An Easy Way to Drive Revenue
Adding pizza to your menu is a great way to drive revenue, especially in down times. Due to high demand and low production costs to lend themselves to high profit markups, offering pizza is an ideal way to boost sales and keep your business on track. Learn all the pros to adding pizza to your menu, how to equip for such an operation, and tips for sustainable success.
Efficient Sanitizing Solutions for the Bar and Beyond
As the foodservice industry continues to adapt to stricter sanitizing guidelines, new innovations are hitting the market to enhance efficiencies and help operators to prioritize the health and wellbeing of patrons and staff.
Disinfecting Solutions: Should You Be Using Bleach?
Though bleach can be used as a powerful disinfectant, it’s not without its cons. The concentrated Q.A. disinfectant solution is EPA-approved for killing viruses similar to the coronavirus, and less corrosive. Read for more benefits.
How To Create a Hands-Free Restaurant Menu Using QR Codes
As restaurants and bars continue to resume dine-in service during the COVID-19 pandemic, extra precautions are being made in order to promote a safe customer experience. For example, most restaurants are using disposable paper menus instead of their traditional menus,...
10 Ways to Optimize Your Restaurant Delivery
With more restaurants turning to delivery services, we discuss how to optimize for short waits and fresh food.
Schools & COVID-19: Placing Hand Sanitizing Stations
Central laid out the best places in your school to set up sanitizing stations. Keep everyone safe when reopening schools and public places.
COVID-19 and Schools: Adapting the Classroom Layout to Promote Safe Social Distancing
As we continue to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, some states are preparing for re-opening schools. As such, new strategies will need to be applied to accommodate social distancing. With so many children and teachers in one place, ensuring that...
What are Charger Plates?
Charger plates, sometimes referred to as show plates, are a growing trend often observed in elegant and private dining setting such as banquets, catered events, and exclusive golf clubs. These large plates, used for displays and suggestive selling, elevate the ambiance and the overall dining experience – really giving a charge to your tabletop presentation.
What’s Next: 6 Emerging Trends for Restaurants Resuming Dine-In Services During COVID-19
Even as the country reopens and dine-in services at restaurants resume, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is still on top of of everyone’s mind. As people begin to re-emerge for a night on the town after a months-long quarantine, it’s important for restaurant operators to balance the experience they seek, with strict safety precautions. Here are the trends we’re seeing as restaurant begin to reopen their dining rooms to the public.
5 Juice Recipes to Add to Your Restaurant Menu
So, you’ve decided to start juicing in your restaurant. You’re not only going to want an excellent juicer, but some great recipes to try out on your customers. We’ve put together five easy, but unique, juice recipes to get you started with juicing. Customers will love these fresh creations, and you can branch out on these recipes to create more custom juices.
How to Make a Profit Selling Juice
There’s a lot to cover when it comes to making and selling fresh juice. A juice business is nothing new, but it’s something that you should consider if you haven’t yet. In the United States, juice businesses can be profitable because of the popularity among customers for the convenience in getting required nutrients, making the juice business a natural pair.
Guide to Reopening K-12 Schools Amid COVID-19
As schools prepare for the return of staff and students, it’s important that safety precautions are impletemented to protect against the threat of COVID-19. Our guide outlines cleaning and disinfecting procedures, adapting the classroom to accommodate social distancing practices, and extra steps to protect those at a higher risk of severe illness. Is your school ready to reopen?
Why Your Restaurant Should Sell Meat by the Pound
Restaurants are no stranger to the economic downturn during this time, and as a response to the meat shortage, they are selling meat by the pound along with their takeout menu.
Why You Should Introduce Juicing to Your Restaurant
You’ve probably heard about juicing through social media, news articles, and celebrities. It’s making its mark as a healthy and delicious way to consume your daily produce. Many food establishments are getting on board with this trend from brunch restaurants to smoothie stands. We’re going to take you through the benefits of drinking juice for your customers as well as the benefits of selling juice in your business.
Maximizing Your Restaurant Space While Promoting Social Distancing
While you may be accepting and seating customers again, it will be crucial to set up your dining space to promote healthy distancing. We’ve compiled our ideas to help you maximize the number of guests you can serve while continuing to keep distance between customers.
A Day in the Life of a Food Truck Operator
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own food truck? Learn what an average day in the life looks like from the view of two successful food truck operators.
4 Approaches To Pop-Up Success
Operating a pop-up is a great way to test the market and expand your reach. Just be sure to match your strategy to your goal.
Legal Resources for Restaurants During the Coronavirus Outbreak
COVID-19 is the latest coronavirus that’s currently spreading across the globe. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that commonly circulate among humans, causing mild illnesses such as the common cold. COVID-19 is the latest strain that’s having a wide-ranging...
Closing Up Shop in the Face of the Coronavirus
We are living in uncertain times. The outbreak of COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, has brought normal life to a halt around the world. Each day, new guidelines are being put forth by state and federal governments in order to help stunt the growth of this highly...
Restaurant Best Practices for Dealing with the Coronavirus
COVID-19 is the latest coronavirus that’s currently spreading across the globe. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that commonly circulate among humans, causing mild illnesses such as the common cold.
Shared Kitchens: What They Are and How They Can Help Your Operation
Shared kitchens are rising in popularity, providing sanitary commercial spaces to expand your operation, great for catering and delivery services.
Vent vs. Ventless Dishwashers: Pros, Cons, and Considerations
Ventless dishwashers alleviate the need to install a Type II hood in your commercial kitchen, adding more flexibility to your dish room layout. Learn all about the pros, cons, and additional considerations for ventless dishwashing units.
Restaurant Patio Ideas to Wow Your Customers
A well-designed outdoor dining space will add valuable seating and atmosphere to your business. This article will give you some ideas on decorating and furnishing your restaurant patio in order to maximize the environment and entice customers.
10 Common Mistakes Bar Owners Make
Running an efficient bar takes hard work, and mistakes are inevitable. However, certain pitfalls can be avoided by learning about the common mistakes many bar owners make.
Deciding What Type of Bar to Open
Opening a bar first begins with deciding which type of bar to open. The type of bar that’s right for you needs to fit with your personality as well as customer needs. Learn all about the various types of bars here.
How to Market Your Food Truck to Stay Ahead of Competition
The food truck industry is fiercely competitive and you need to stand out. We discuss how to promote and publicize your food truck business to get ahead.
How to Recycle Food Waste (It’s Easier Than You Think)
Composting and recycling food waste is growing in popularity in the United States, and it’s because of programs implemented in restaurants, businesses, and homes. The concept of saving and repurposing food waste is appealing because of its potential to help the environment as well as people in need. We discuss how to recycle food waste and why it’s a good idea.
The Growing Problem: Food Waste in Restaurants
By now, you are probably no stranger to the concept of food waste in some capacity. Whether you’ve read about how restaurants donate their unused/unsold food to local shelters, or how food waste is negatively impacting the environment, there are endless resources to learn about this problem. We explored the world of food waste in restaurants and how you as an owner, chef, or employee can reduce the waste that your foodservice business produces.
10 Reasons for Starting a Food Truck (and 7 Cautionary Points)
Food trucks are a growing trend. If you’ve had a notion to jump in, here are some good reasons why it makes sense.
What Food Can I Compost?
Composting is the choice method in many restaurants for recycling food waste. While it can be appealing to throw anything in a compost pile, there are some food items that you should not compost. We created a quick reference for what you can and can not compost.
Custom Dinnerware by Homer Laughlin
Your dinnerware should help tell your story. Did you know that the average 18 to 34-year-old has approximately 500 followers on various social media platforms? And it seems like everyone is always snapping pics and posting their dishes – especially when serving presentation is prioritized. Posts by as few as ten people can generate thousands of impressions online. Make sure your logo is front and center with customized dinnerware by Homer Laughlin.
Wine Central: A Definitive Guide to Wine Service and Experience
Enhance your profit margin potential by offering exemplary wine service. Learn the ins and outs of the wine experience in our Definitive Guide to Wine Service and Experience, featuring key tips on serving and storing wine, pairing wine with food, tasting like a pro, and more.
Wine Central: Pairing Wine with Food
Nothing beats a delectable food and wine combination. Learn all about how to pair wine with foods to give the best recommendations to customers, and how to design your wine menu.
Why You Should Consider Using Restaurant Delivery Services
Is a third party delivery service ideal for my restaurant? How do I start using it?
The Ultimate Guide to Restaurant Social Media
How many times have you been scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram feed, and become instantly jealous of a friend’s meal? Suddenly, you want to try a new restaurant that you didn’t even know about five minutes ago. This example, and many others like it, are part of a growing list of reasons why social media has become a restaurant’s best marketing tool.
Employee Turnover in the Food Service Industry Today
As the world continues to digitize and consumer expectations shift, restaurants face new challenges. It is no longer enough to offer good food. Restaurants instead must familiarize themselves with the evolving digital economy and provide unique experiences, especially if they wish to attract the highly sought-after millennial demographic.
Trend Alert: The Future of Warewashing
Every two years, the biggest show in commercial foodservice takes place. NAFEM – the National Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers – presents a unique opportunity for commercial distributors and manufacturing partners to come together to experience firsthand...
Trend Alert: The Future of Tabletop
Pops of color, flashes of flare, eco-friendly solutions and more. Use your tabletop to tell your story. See what was trending at the 2019 NAFEM show.
Coffee Beans and Roasts
For most, starting the day off with a strong cup of java is a consistent ritual with no margin for change. For some, like this blog writer, it’s a ritual that continues all day long. The best cup of coffee is purely a matter of preference. Strengths and flavors vary based on the type of coffee bean, region it’s grown, and the how it’s roasted. So, join me in pouring yet another cup and exploring the major factors that can take your coffee brewing to the next level.
What Do They Mean? NSF, UL, ETL and Energy Star Rated
While shopping for restaurant equipment, knowledge is power. In the course of your search for equipment, you will find NSF® listed, UL® certified and ENERGY STAR® rated items. In many cases, people do not always know what...
5 Tips for Attracting Millennials to Your Restaurant (And Why You Need To)
In the business setting, “Millennial” has been the hot buzzword for the last decade. Millennials, also known as Generation Y, consist of all those born at some point between 1982 and 2004. They have since come into their own as far as their capabilities to make...