The Main Dish: Potential Panera Bid War, Brands With the Most Social Restaurant Visits, 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.


Panera Bread Stock Spikes Amid Bidding War Rumors

After last week’s announcement that investment company JAB Holdings would buy Panera Bread for $7.5 billion, rumors have been going around that Warren Buffett backed 3G Capital might be interested in placing a rival bid. First reported to the New York Post by "sources close to the deal," the news has still not been confirmed by 3G nor Panera.

For the Love of Schnitzel — Chef Brittany Anderson Modernizes German Cooking

"I'm the Schnitzel queen of Richmond," says Chef Brittanny Anderson cheerily and without a hint of sarcasm.  She is speaking to a crowd of chefs at the 2017 Pork Summit held at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. There will be no schnitzel today, however.

Tips for Serving Customers With Food Allergies and Intolerances

The reasons may be up for debate, but the reality is here: Your restaurant will continue to get increasing numbers of diners with food allergies, intolerances, and other food-related illnesses such as celiac disease. These diners are loyal and willing to spend more per person if treated right, so it’s worth your while to do just that.

Let's Get Social: Meet the Top 5 Brands That Grew in Social Restaurant Visits

Fast casual sandwich chain Which Wich definitely sandwiched in some growth during Q1, launching up an impressive 15.93 points in social restaurant visits. Its progress, as seen in the line graph, is incredible, moving from a gradual decline to a drastic jump. What factors could have played into its latest social restaurant visits spike?

5 Musts to Get the Most From Your Team

It’s easy to pull some people to work together and call them a team. Throw in a boss to bark orders, and you’re all set, right? Well, most restaurants sadly think this is teamwork and the way they get more from people is by employing an outdated management theory called “carrots and sticks,” or rewards and punishments. If you do good, you get the carrot. Do bad and you get the stick.

Didn't Get to Pig Out at the 2017 Pork Summit? Here's What You Missed

Didn't get to hog up some learning opportunities at the 2017 Pork Summit? You'll squeal like a pig with excitement when you see this. The National Pork Board visited Napa Valley once again, bringing its Pork Summit event, now in its seventh year running, to the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone campus in St. Helena, Calif.