Wage Hike: Yay or Nay?

The debate over the state's minimum wage can go in two directions, according to Buffalo attorney Kevin Burke. Some people are in favor of higher wages and see it as a need for lower-income workers and their families while organizations such…

Top Culinary Trends for 2015

Locally sourced meat, seafood, and produce is expected to be the top continuing culinary trend in 2015, according to a survey of chefs done by the National Restaurant Association. The NRA recently released their “What's Hot in 2015” Culinary…

Fast-Casual Restaurants Firing Up for Pizza

Fast-casual restaurants continues to dominate growth in the industry. Consumers have already been enjoying sandwiches, burritos, pasta, salads and burgers at fast-casual venues. Chipotle, Panera, Noodles and Company, Baja Fresh, and Five Guys…

8 Restaurant Challenges That Will Continue In 2018

At the end of every year, articles abound regarding what may come in the next year. But to be productive and continue to grow your business, it is perhaps more helpful to review what won’t change—and learn to address those challenges. Job…

Summer Salad Trends for Restaurants

Leave the Lettuce.  To Infinity and Beyond Iceberg. The side salad and salad bar don’t satisfy today’s health conscious diner. Consumers are wanting something beyond iceberg lettuce. They’re asking for salads with superpowers for health…

Beef Sales in Restaurants See Steady Growth

Beef Sales in the restaurant industry have not gone out to pasture. Despite rising costs on beef, 2013 showed record sales—both on volume and value. Beef remains a top protein choice with consumers according to the 2013 Usage and Volumetric…

Cost Increases to Hit Breakfast Favorites: How to Keep People Coming

Breakfast is Number One.  At the close of 2013, breakfast was the winner for the third successive year as the number 1 meal that increases restaurant traffic. It was the leader for traffic growth in 2013, with an increase of 3 percent (whereas…

Ancient Grains Make a Culinary Comeback: Will you be trending?

National Restaurant Association's 2014 “What’s Hot Survey” listing the Top 20 Trends indicated 3 new trends relating to grains: (1) addition of gluten-free cuisine, (2) pasta made from alternate grains, and use of ancient grains in more…

Sustainable Seafood: Are you Hooked Yet?

“Sustainable seafood” was listed on the National Restaurant Association’s Guide of Top Ten Trends for What’s Hot for 2014. What is sustainable seafood and why should restaurants be concerned with this? Charles Clover, environment editor…

Chefs Predict 2014 Menu Trends

The National Restaurant Association asked chefs for their opinions on menu trends for the upcoming year. In its “What’s Hot in 2014” survey, the NRA reached out to almost 1,300 members of the American Culinary Federation throughout October…