cocktail trends

By: Mike Walls, Certified Cicerone®, Operations & Beverage   We often go to bars for comradery, to relax and spend time with our friends while we imbibe together. In years past that may have meant ordering a bottle of champagne or a round of shots, but one of the hottest trends in cocktails right now … Continue reading Shareables are What’s Next in Cocktails: Boost Bar Sales with Big Beverages

Craft Beer

By: Mike Walls, Certified Cicerone®, Operations & Beverage   When it comes to craft beer, the potential to make money is simple math. Let’s say you buy a keg of Miller Lite from your distributor. That keg contains 15.5 gallons or 1,984 oz. or 124 16-oz. pints. Assume you purchased that keg for around $90, … Continue reading If You Tap It, They Will Come: How Selling Craft Beer Increases Profits

13 November

By: Mike Walls, Certified Cicerone®, Operations & Beverage   It is estimated that around 80 percent of what we perceive as taste comes from smell. The tiny opening in the top of the standard beer can restricts the escape of many of the volatile fruity esters (substance that evaporate quickly at normal temperatures) that brewers … Continue reading The Next Big Thing in Cans is the Size of the Opening

Building a healthy menu

Last week, we shared about how the “better-for-you” restaurant category is gaining a lot of traction in the industry. We explored different superfoods—nutrient-packed, healthy foods—like blueberries, salmon, and edamame. Other common superfoods include tomatoes, dark chocolate, almonds, quinoa, kale, and lentils. Superfoods provide several health benefits including an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polyphenols. … Continue reading Implementing Superfoods Into Your Menu

Synergy in Italy

Milan is often regarded as the fashion capital of the world. However, every two years, professionals in the hospitality industry flock here to preview innovations in food and beverage. While attending the 2017 HOST show in Milan, Danny and I were able to check out the latest and greatest in restaurant technology and also traverse … Continue reading HOST Milan 2017 and the Best Pizza Dough

Rolled ice cream

Photo: Janine on Flickr CC by 2.0 Soft-serve, double-scooped on a cone or rolled—how do you like your ice cream? Yes, we said “rolled.” Rolled ice cream is just what it sounds like and it’s becoming very popular here in the U.S. and other countries. Invented in Thailand, this style of ice cream is as … Continue reading Dessert Trend Alert: Rolled Ice Cream is Gaining Popularity

National Seafood Month

October is known for cool weather, autumn leaves, and yes, pumpkin-spiced everything! But did you know that the month of October is National Seafood Month? As restaurant managers, it may be easy to overlook seafood as a star ingredient while beef or chicken take center stage on the menu. However, seafood serves as a great … Continue reading Sustainable Seafood is a Hot Trend

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