- May 21, 2013 | alcohol law for restaurants, bac, blood alcohol level, National Transportation Safety Board
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has put forth a new recommendation that states lower the legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) levels for drivers from 0.08% to 0.05%. Currently, all states have a 0.08% permissible BAC level for adult drivers 21 and over. This reduction would mean the average male can only have two drinks over the course of dinner and a female, just one. Compare this to 3-4 drinks for males and 1-2 drinks for females at the 0.08% level and it is understandable why restaurants have responded immediately in opposition. Alcoholic beverages are among the most profitable items on....May 18, 2013 | adding superfoods to my restaurant menu, healthy menu development, healthy menus, what are superfoods?
Interest in so-called “superfoods” has gained major traction in the last decade. Superfoods are defined as foods that are nutrient dense despite being relatively calorie sparse. Outlets for this family of foods have reached beyond specialty health food stores and into mass-market grocers. As consumers become more health-conscious and also more willing to explore the arena of new foods with “super” benefits, the demand for menus that include superfoods is also growing. Despite the stigma, superfoods are actually much more approachable than they are generally regarded. In fact, there’s a high chance you’re already serving some (or all) of the superfoods....May 12, 2013 | restaurant mother's day trends, top 25 mom-friendly dining cities
Did you know that next to Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days for restaurants? The National Restaurant Association (NRN) estimates that 80 million adults will treat out their loved one at a restaurant this upcoming holiday. In fact, NRN projects that Mother’s Day 2013 will produce stronger restaurant sales versus last year. Across the nation, restaurants are aggressively attracting consumers by offering Mother’s Day brunch and dinners specials. In such a competitive environment, how does a restaurant stand out among an ocean of others? OpenTable, the popular online reservations system company, recently produced a....May 9, 2013 | confusingly similar, restaurant legal research, restaurant logo trademark, USTPO
Starting a new restaurant is truly an exciting experience. Finally, you can combine use your passion for food to form a business for everyone to see and experience! While you may be busy with menu planning, operations, interior design, or staff training, you cannot afford to forget to make sure you’re legally compliant. One important aspect some restaurant operators fail to consider is their trademark. As you begin branding initiatives, the first step is logo creation. It may be a design you created, inspired by a piece of pop culture or perhaps another logo. Unfortunately, while the design may....May 3, 2013 | bite-sized dessert ideas, menu development, mini dessert menu, mini desserts, restaurant trends, small bites desserts
A recent NRN article highlights some interesting finds about the continued popularity of miniature desserts. Small bite desserts have been successfully making their ways into menus across the globe, from fast food chains to fine dining establishments. Bite-sized desserts are fun, delicious, and easy to eat. Adding small-bite desserts to your menu can also help create some buzz and traffic to your restaurant. Not sure where to start? We’ve created a list of some mini dessert ideas to help get your creative-cooking juices flowing. Cheesecake bites: present your guest with a sampler plate of mini cheesecake bites topped with different....