The Main Dish: Foodable's 2016 Cocktail of the Year Winner, Futuristic Kitchen Trends, 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 Design Trends: How the Kitchen Is Getting Futuristic

As the technological age advances, diners are seeing new technologies emerge at restaurants: table-top tablets where guests can order from their table, tablet POS systems making the cash register mobile, touchscreens displaying menu items in a tantalizing manner for guests’ perusal, and online-ordering platforms allowing users to order from their smart phones.

Foodable's Best Cocktails of the Year 2016

From the cool weather and cultural centers of Toronto to the sunny beaches and saucy swagger of Miami, we traveled to many different cities this year on "Across the Bar," but one thing remained the same: No matter where you go, you can always find a crisp, classic, and creative cocktail to sip on.

Foodable Labs Predicts Strong Sales for Del Taco and honeygrow in 2017

According to Foodable Labs, Facebook and Twitter conversations surrounding the top 500 restaurant brands are up this month, as are social restaurant visits. What are SRVs? Foodable Labs measures SRVs by looking at social media conversations and analyzing users’ intent to visit a restaurant, their return or referral to a restaurant, and direct actions such as Facebook Check-ins or Instagram posts about their trip to a restaurant.

 

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The Philosophy of New Age Design: Colors, Tech, Noise, and More Beyond the Dining Room

Below are a just a few elements you will see during the design process. Keep in mind, everything chosen for your restaurant — from tabletops to salt shakers — must represent your brand and the image you want to convey to your potential customers. While you want customers to leave talking about the great food, you also want to leave them with an unforgettable experience.

On Foodable Side Dish: Best of 2016

On Foodable Side Dish” aims to give you an inside look at the trending concepts, exclusive kitchens, and unique chefs in the restaurant business through the eyes of a local from different cities. The show hit major milestones this year — one of them being the first time we hit the food scene in Canada! But which were the best moments of 2016? Watch this "Best of" and find out! 

New Year, New Menu: Revisions for Your Guests' Resolutions

The change of the calendar year provides an opportunity for everyone to “start over” in some way, and your establishment is not excluded. Drastic changes at the start of the year may be a bit cliché, considering nearly half of the US population makes some sort of New Year’s resolution, but guests will be more receptive to menu changes — especially when they will be inundated with resolution-related media for weeks.