The Main Dish: Redesigning Your Menu, Restaurant Startup Tips, and Other Highlights From This Week

In the age of information overload, refinement is key. That was the thought behind The Main Dish — a quick compilation of the most bookmark-worthy links from the Foodable WebTV Network. Aside from our usual daily content, every Sunday, The Main Dish will serve a fresh batch of handpicked pieces of the most appetizing lists & literature that you may have missed.

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Best Practices for Rethinking Your Menu Design

Menu design is a hugely important part of any restaurant and is vital to your restaurant’s identity. Just as you should spend time on careful menu engineering, you should equally consider a focused menu design. The way your menu looks has a huge impact on your sales and can help to enhance the dining experience.

Building Guest Connections to Build Your Business

Your guests are entering your dining room for many reasons, and the sooner you know what those reasons are, the better you will be at building guest connections. These are important things to know and understand about your business and your target audience. Here are ways you can build those guest connections to build your business.

5 Public Relations Tactics Your Front of House Team Needs to Know

As I’ve told several people since then, I believe my PR days were essential to understanding things about hospitality. Effective communication with the customer is essential, and your front of house employees are essentially your restaurant’s PR staff.

Startup SOS: Solutions to Common Challenges All New Restaurants Face

One word that cannot be stressed enough during this phase is, of course, planning. Sometimes, however, even with a high level of planning in place, things can unfortunately go sideways for some — and they can happen fast. 

Irish Coffee Three Ways

As with so many boozy tales, this story begins in Ireland, a country that dearly loves its whiskey. It begins with a group of travelers, who got stranded on a  stormy night at Foynes airbase. To cheer the landlocked souls, Joe Sheridan, who ran a restaurant at the base, concocted what is now known as the Irish Coffee.  

The Change in Social Media Communication and How to Change With It

The average person spends about two hours a day using social media. That is scary — but also good news for restaurants that understand they have a very captive audience to market to. You just need to know how to reach them. To do that, we need to understand how social media is changing. 

Whiskey Lovers — This Sandwich is for You!

Whiskey Lovers — This Sandwich is for You!

For those who adore the spicy profile of rye whiskey, baker Zack Hall has taken the savory nature of rye bread and elevated it with rye whiskey-soaked rye berries. As a foil for his When Pigs Rye sandwich, this rye-on-rye bread shows how layering flavors can reinvent tradition.  

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