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Meatless Goes Mainstream

By Tony Lagana / January 21, 2021

The rise of the ‘wellness movement’ is leading the way for all new sorts of diets and health concerns. Making a meal with dietary restrictions can pose a challenge when trying to replace ingredients with a standard substitute or making a dish that excludes a major food group. Chefs are reimagining dishes with dietary restrictions,…

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Kids Menus Take On a New Focus

By Susanne Bukey / January 13, 2021

It’s All About the Kids Kids’ meals are more important than ever for parents and restaurant operators alike. For restaurants, getting families with children at the door is a way to grow revenue.   In this multi-cultural society, parents are concerned about the nutritional health of their children. Offering a wider variety of healthy and varied…

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Indian Cooking: New generation, New Expectations

By Tony Lagana / January 7, 2021

Breaking out the Box A simple Tikka Masala or Butter Chicken isn’t going to cut it anymore for the average consumer. Many people have tried Indian food and leave with the expectation of knowing what always to expect when getting Indian food instead of searching for new restaurants with more innovative menus. Most Indian restaurants…

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Health is Wealth

By Tony Lagana / December 31, 2020

New Expectations for a New Generation Millennials have set a new precedent for better foods, engaging the whole culinary industry, and creating a competitive atmosphere for the best innovations. This wave has proven monumental success, with grocery stores now stocking nutritionally beneficial snacks and beverages, even having organic aisles/shelves, and fast food companies introducing ‘healthy…

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Garden to Table: How the Nation’s Best Chefs Used August’s Bounty

By Tony Lagana / December 17, 2020

An Ode to Autumn Growing up in rural Western Pennsylvania in the 60’s and 70’s, our neighbor, Ernie, grew a summer garden that put everyone else’s to shame. Ernie raised corn, tomatoes, lettuce, and string beans.  My favorite was the zucchini – the size of bowling balls. This August, there was an abundance of flawless…

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Convenience is Key

By Tony Lagana / December 10, 2020

Convenience stores are more convenient than ever, and as a result they are booming with business. In fact, they are taking sales away from quick service restaurants, especially as they offer more options that make each visit worthwhile. Stores are now adding kiosks for quick ordering and a greater choice of pre-made, ready-to-go snacks and…

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11 Technologies that Save Restaurants Time and Money

By Tony Lagana / December 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected industries of all sizes worldwide, but perhaps none has been more impacted than the restaurant and foodservice industry. The effect of this pandemic on the restaurant industry isn’t short-term, and even as we begin to see eateries reopening, things will look different for quite some time. Restaurant industry profit margins…

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How Sights, Sounds, and Interactions are Shaping the Dining Experience

By Tony Lagana / November 19, 2020

Julia Child once insisted “nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should”. Although Julia was referring to food and the lengths we go to prepare it, chefs are now applying this same principle to their restaurants’ environments. From this hyper-awareness of the details, we see a focus that was strictly…

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The Future of Latin Fusion

By Tony Lagana / February 1, 2020

Media Spotlight – Menu Innovator® – The Future of Latin Fusion Media Spotlight – A monthly review with the freshest culinary insight! All of our spotlights are inspired by Menu Innovator®. For more information on Menu Innovator®, email Top Cuisines Latin Asian New American Mediterranean Top Topics Global in the US Beverages National Restaurant…

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Breakfast – Still the Most Important Meal of the Day!

By Tony Lagana / January 16, 2020

Media Spotlight – Menu Innovator® – Breakfast – Still the Most Important Meal of the Day! Media Spotlight – A monthly review with the freshest culinary insight! All of our spotlights are inspired by Menu Innovator®. For more information on Menu Innovator®, email Top Cuisines American Italian Asian Mediterranean Latin Top Topics Unique Meats…

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