The Main Dish: The Most Loved Brands of 2016, Defining Your Vision, 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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The Story Behind Premier Cocktail Festival, Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail provides a week of seminars, tastings, networking events, and more, and is specifically designed for bartenders, mixologists, distillers, and other spirits professionals around the globe. This annual meeting place to share new techniques, products, and ideas seems like a huge endeavor — but how did it first stir up?

Which Brands Are Feeling the Love? Meet the Most Loved of 2016

Which brands have risen above, and not only fuel the stomachs, but the hearts of the consumers? Discover the Top 100 brands in our Most Loved Brands 2016 Report. But what makes this ranking unique is that these brands are not chosen through a subjective, editorial process, but through core data surrounding metrics and consumer sentiment on food, service, and overall brand experience.

Is Buffalo Wild Wings on the Verge of a Same-Store Sales Recovery for the Third Quarter?

The sport-themed casual dining chain, Buffalo Wild Wings has repeatedly landed in our top 10 Most Loved Brand list, a ranking determined from positive consumer sentiment data pulled from the Restaurant Social Media Index.

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Richmond Station Does Food Differently

In this Table 42 Vignette, Chef and Co-owner of Downtown Toronto’s Richmond Station Carl Heinrich describes how Toronto and Richmond Station have grown as an important part of Canada’s food scene. “We are cooking my Grandmother’s food,” he said.  “It’s our ability to go above and beyond…and really push it to make sure you are really well taken care of…and I think that drives people to come back.”

Define Your Restaurant's Vision — Or Be Destined to Fail

Not having a vision for your brand is like trying to give a tourist in a major city directions, when you yourself have just arrived. Your vision is the road map to your success. How can I make such a bold statement by saying if there’s no vision, there’s only failure? Here are five areas that are influenced by your company’s vision.

French 75 Named After a Cannon? Its Power-Packing Cocktails Prove It

In this episode of “Across the Bar,” Foodable travels to the corner of Canal and Bourbon street to visit French 75. Perhaps one wouldn't expect a 1920s French-themed bar to do so well in modern-day times, but this classic concept is more than just a New Orleans icon. Arnaud's French Bar 75 has been named a James Beard finalist in the "Outstanding Bar Program" category for two years in a row.