The Main Dish: Common Restaurant Website Mistakes, Chef Q&A's, 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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Restaurant Website: Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Customers turn to your website for information and, depending on whether you give them with what they’re looking for and answer their questions, your website can either attract and engage your customers — or encourage them to look elsewhere. Done right, your website has the potential to become your hardest-working employee

Cemitas Puebla: Proving Mexican is More Than Burritos and Tacos [VIDEO]

The cemita is a sweet, sesame bread, often served with avocado, Oaxaca cheese, chipotle peppers, the herb pápalo, and meat. All said and done, it's delicious, but owner Tony Anteliz had challenges getting the dish out of the kitchen and into the hands of guests. When he would suggest the cemita to customers, they would shrug it off politely. How did he convince people to order something they had never heard about before? 

Quick Six With...Andres Pineros of the Fika Company Coffee Roastery

With a growing number of coffee shops and cafes popping up nationwide, some roasthouses set themselves apart by working with specialty coffee beans, sourced directly from local farmers, and minimally processed. Andres Pineros of the Fika Company Coffee Roastery is one such coffee purveyor who seeks to bring an authentic brew into the hand of local Los Angeles residents. 

Don't Let Them Go to Waste: 5 Steps to Kick-Starting Your Sustainability Efforts

Creating a sustainability program can be overwhelming for foodservice operators, as it often brings up questions and conversations beyond the realm of foodservice. And with so much information available, it can be difficult for operators to sort through the noise and  know where or how to start.  

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3 Reasons to Go Gluten-Free on Your Menu

Gluten is the sinister villain of today’s diets. Like Superman to Lex Luthor, gluten-free claims shout from supermarket shelves and fly into your newsfeed, ready to save the day. Even hundreds of mobile apps have been launched to help consumers find gluten-free restaurants, stores, and recipes.  

Quick Six With...Justin Beckett, the 'Social Media Chef' Who Went from Blog to Restaurant

From a dishwasher staring longingly at the hotline to finding himself in culinary school just days after graduating high school, Justin Beckett went on to become the youngest sous chef at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion and being heralded as the“Social Media Chef” when he began blogging recipes from home — and this was back before he had a restaurant to call his own. Building a following before even having a building? Talk about impressive.

How to Better Your Brunch Service

The desire for all-day breakfast foods has the brunch demand blowing up. There are so many options that it's become just as dizzying for the operators offering the brunch as it is for guests enjoying it. No longer are brunch-goers needing to strategize the location of expensive proteins at the buffet in order to justify the price of admission, because while that brunch still exists, there is another world waiting to be gobbled up — late morning and often on any day of the week.

Canada's Summer Menus Cater to Health-Conscious Consumers

Despite the fact that the Canadian economy is performing relatively well, fewer people appear to be dining out. But Canada’s summer menus promise to be nothing if not interesting and should certainly lure guests out of doors. Consumers are looking for healthier options, but they needn’t look too hard this summer when they are dining out.