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How to be a Restaurant that Caters

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For a very long time, there existed a clear divide between running a Catering business and running a Restaurant. Fulfilling large, off-premise food orders was its own niche in the food industry, kept entirely separate from in-house food service. Yet as the restaurant industry evolves, there has been a spike the wonderful idea that is “a restaurant that caters”. If you’ve got your unique brand and the food to show for it, why not cater? It is a bold business move, but with the right systems in place, catering can grow your internal revenue quite exponentially. If you’re a restaurant owner looking…

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Meatless options now available at a restaurant near you

The Yard House Restaurant chain plans to step up its healthy menu options by preparing 25 of its most popular dishes using fake meat believing it will appeal to both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. At its Irvine Spectrum, CA restaurant, the chain recently began using a vegetable protein from gardein, a brand of plant-based…

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iPad finds a clever place in restaurants

It is without a doubt the world’s latest technological craze — the iPad’s opening day sales alone hit over 300,000! But besides being a handheld cross between a PDA/smartphone and laptop, what other creative purpose can it serve? Interestingly enough, the iPad is creeping its way into restaurants as a menu and ordering device!  …

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Even McDonald’s can be healthy!

Healthy eating at McDonald’s is not an oxymoron, says the registered dietitian who oversees nutrition at the company’s 14,000 fast-food restaurants in the United States. Cindy Goody, U.S. director of nutrition for McDonald’s, concedes nutrition used to be “a dirty word” at McDonald’s, but now the chain is seeking to be a leader in nutrition…

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Could “skinny” adult beverages be the next big thing?

It’s no surprise that consumer tastes are more on the lighter, healthier side these days. This healthy trend is not just limited to food, however. I’m sure you’ve seen all the light, low-calorie beer commercials. But now you can get low-calorie “skinny” adult beverages at your favorite restaurants, too. Check out Fleming’s Steakhouse’s new 99…

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Careful Menu Selections Part 1

As an informed restaurant owner, you can help customers make healthier choices and still enjoy the convenience of a restaurant. Over the next series of blog posts, we will discuss what restaurant owners can offer both on and off the menu to create healthy choices for guests. This creates a sense of care and concern…

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Are we getting too much information about food we order?

Walk into a restaurant these days and you might be able to check the calorie count of your enchilada, the salt content of your fries, the “heart healthy” status of your steak and — in at least one pioneering restaurant— the carbon footprint of your vegetable lasagna.   This is the Information Overload era of…

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