As most of us know menu labeling laws only affect larger chain restaurants, but I am getting a lot more clients who are smaller chains and even independents. In an industry that vigorously fought menu labeling, why now are so many operators starting to provide nutrition information voluntarily. I thought up and researched a few reasons, and now I’d like to share them with you:…
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on July 14, 2010 at 7:00pm —
We like what we know and we eat what we like. The idea of “comfort food” is based on what is familiar to us, particularly from our childhoods. My friends find it strange that my idea of comfort food involves anything that comes from the freezer and is re-heated, but that’s what I grew up eating with two working parents. Fish sticks and tater tots were a very common meal along with Marie Calendar’s Pot Pies. I would think that a lot of kids these days will associate comfort food with the fast… Continue
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on March 17, 2010 at 7:00pm —
Do you ever remember Grandma pinpointing the amount of saturated fat those baby back ribs? Or grandpa refusing to eat something because it had tons of cholesterol? Long gone are the days when people ignored food labels. Today health-consciousness has invaded every nook and cranny of the media, and therefore, the restaurant business. We are bombarded with tips on how to eat better, how to lower this, increase that, and avoid the other… But even though food consumption restrictions have… Continue
Added by Dean Small on January 27, 2010 at 6:43pm —
I’m always thinking about different ways that restaurants can appeal to the ever growing crowd of health conscious diners. There’s the obvious salad with dressing on the side and grilled chicken breast or salmon filet; but good business, especially in the food industry comes from innovation. It also comes from what I call innovative reproduction (AKA taking ideas from others and doing it better). I found an article on health.com
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on January 6, 2010 at 9:53pm —
In business and marketing we’re always trying to hit on the latest buzzwords; what are people looking for right now? In nutrition I like to use the words “empower” and “satisfy”; when looking for good place to eat the two hottest words in the industry are “value” and “fresh”. According to report by Hartman Group the importance of freshness to consumers has not only increased the popularity of farmers markets, but has also changed the way people look at foods when dining out.
The term… Continue
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on October 28, 2009 at 5:22pm —
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to attend a brilliant presentation at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo in San Diego about creative solutions for developing healthy menus. I have to be honest with you and admit that one of my close colleagues was one of the co-presenters, and I may have had a hand in some of the content, but all the same BRILLIANT. I thought that for this week’s blog I would share a few points from the presentation with you.
Let’s start with some… Continue
Added by Alyson Mar, RD on September 2, 2009 at 9:25pm —
With people starting to be more aware of what they are putting into their bodies now is a great time to offer health conscious beverages to your customers. One choice that is seeing an increase in news coverage and popularity is tea.
According to an article by United Press International
a new study shows that green tea, a popular variety of tea, has been found to… Continue
Added by Restaurant Supply Guru on May 19, 2008 at 1:46pm —
With the weather starting to warm up it seems the next big food trend to surface is the smoothie. Everyone from McDonalds to Starbucks is adding the healthy treat to their menus to answer the drink’s rising popularity, according to recent articles in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
. Many businesses such as Smoothie King and Jamba Juice have been selling the fruit-based drinks for years, but now other businesses are starting to see that these simple… Continue
Added by Restaurant Supply Guru on May 13, 2008 at 2:18pm —