The Main Dish: How to Maximize Your Beverage Program, Swap Meat for Sustainable Fish and Other Highlights

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 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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Before You Franchise or Expand Your Restaurant, Read These Tips

Whether you’re an aspiring restaurateur or an experienced operator, it has likely crossed your mind to open at least a “few locations,” or to begin “franchising” a winning concept. It’s in our nature to grow and always look for more, right?When the timing is right, expanding with multiple locations can make a lot of sense for a brand, but only if it is truly, the right time.

Are You Maximizing Your Beverage Program?

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, Foodable Network's CEO and Host, Paul Barron, sits with restaurant owner and bar expert Vaughan Dugan to discuss the ever shifting beverage segment. Craft beer, craft soda, and craft cocktails have all become hot topics in the beverage business. "It's really kind of exploded over the last several years; bar owners obviously see the opportunity to kind of elevate and enhance their business model," says Dugan. 

The Votes Are In, America’s Favorite Donut Shop in 2017 is…

They’re hot, doughy, glazed and sprinkled. Whether you like a brioche or yummy yeast, no one can deny the appeal of a quality donut. But are some donuts better than others? According to Foodable Labs data, there are some clear leaders of the pack; some of which you may have heard of before. The winner is District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew! According to data from January through July of this year, District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew has a 95.6 consumer sentiment rating out of 100! Previously featured on Foodable’s Fast Casual Nation, this spot is a must-stop.

Your Brand Should Be a Who, Not a What

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, host Paul Barron sits down with Nicole Aylward, the director of Marketing at Rockit Ranch to talk about how restaurants are using technology to improve their their digital presence. Rockit Ranch is a restaurant group with a number of different venues, based in Chicago. Aylward thinks it's important to have the brand's voice match up on different platforms.

Join Top Chef Alum Chef Sylva Senat at C-CAP's Swap Meat

“I actually came to America when I was about 8 years old and one of the reasons was my mom passed away, but when I was really young, you know, I used to go to the market with my mom. So... I think I was always gravitated to ending up in the kitchen,” said Haitian-born Sylva Senat, chef and partner of Philadelphia restaurant Maison 208. “At this point in my life, as a chef, I want to start giving back.” It has been a long journey for Chef Senat. 

Chef Q&A With Star-Studded Marc Forgione

The airing of Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef: Season 3 finale, where Chef Marc Forgione was declared winner, is coming up on its seven year anniversary, in November. “I came and I conquered,” said Chef Forgione (like a boss!) after winning the Thanksgiving Feast challenge against Chef Marco Canora. Since then, Marc Forgione continues to man the kitchen at his Reade Street restaurant, by the same name, which he opened in New York City two years before competing on the show. He is keeping busy as the chef/owner of American Cut and Lobster Press, as well. He is also a partner/co-owner of Khe-yo, a unique restaurant serving up Lao cuisine in Tribeca. 

The Main Dish: Foodable's First Documentary Available On Amazon, Culinary Trends and Other Highlights

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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Missed the Fast Casual Nation Documentary? Watch it Now on Amazon

This week, Foodable Network released its first documentary— Fast Casual Nation: Changing The Way America Eats, on Amazon. The full-length documentary, narrated by the network’s CEO and Executive Producer, Paul Barron, begins by exploring the food landscape that led to the birth of fast-casual concepts across the country.

Generation Z, Welcome to the Conversation

On this episode of The Barron Report, Host Paul Barron discusses with author and speaker David Stillman on how Generation Z (73 million strong) is the emerging worker and consumer base. The truth is most people are not talking about Gen Z, but it's time to start paying attention and listening to this group. As David Stillman says, "This really is one of the first times in history, in the generational conversation, where the younger generation is the authority figure..."

Stadiums Are Amping-Up their #FoodGame

At Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens, choices beyond hot dogs, burgers, and fries are available. With Miami being so diverse, it only makes sense that transplant concepts, like Fuku— a fast-casual concept featuring spicy fried chicken from New York’s popular Momofuku Group — would also be featured at the stadium. Fuku at Hard Rock Stadium is David Chang’s first venture into South Florida, but third in a sports venue.

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Consumers Demand These Culinary Innovations

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, culinary trends are taking the stage. Just a few years ago, many diners hadn’t heard of exotic dishes and ingredients like kimchi or ostrich steaks. In an effort to keep their art interesting, chefs are constantly innovating to provide their customers with experiences that WOW diners.  However, today's customers are more adventurous than ever.

How to Spot a Toxic Culture

Your restaurant's culture is the life force of your brand. It creates energy. That energy transcends and influences your staff. That trickles down to encompass the guest experience. To those on the outside looking in, it can be either a beacon or a warning sign. A toxic culture is a symptom of a much deeper condition: the total absence of leadership. The good news is that toxic cultures can be spotted and treated. Like cancer, toxic cultures have one mission and that is to destroy your brand.

How These Female Innovators are Forever Changing the Food Industry

Similar to our Chef Alliance list, we have compiled the Innovator 50, a list featuring the most inspiring individuals in the industry. This list isn't only designated for chefs or restaurateurs either. There are five categories within this special selection of individuals, each celebrating innovators in a different area of expertise. These numbers prove that women are leading the way.

The Main Dish: Restaurant Fundamentals, Chocolate-Wine Pairings, and Other Highlights

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.

Have you Forgotten Some of These Restaurant Fundamentals?

This article is not about how to not use technology (it’s a great asset,) but don’t let it fail you, your staff, or your customers. Let’s strip back the technology for a moment and remind ourselves as an owner, operator, manager, or frontline employee – some of the tactics that we must never forget or stop learning.

Dade Night Dining: The Most Romantic Restaurants to Visit in Miami

Summer date nights shouldn’t conform to the four corners of a $39 prix fixe menu; especially when Miami has a plethora of restaurants that serve affordable food– with a complementary side of romance. Isn’t there nothing more disappointing than taking your date to a “froufrou” steakhouse only to discover you’ll have to choose between chicken or fish. Save the embarrassment by trying one of these eateries that are sure to set the mood. 

Beverage Experts Pumped About Sustainable Straws and Szechuan Peppercorn

This episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse is chock-full of great beverage insights from coffee makers to bartenders and spirit distillers. Host Chelsea Keenan hears from beverage experts about consumer trends they are seeing and trends they are pushing for in the next few years.The founder of Intelligentsia Coffee, Geoff Watts, and Sourcing Director Michael Sheridan take us to the root of coffee, or more specifically— the cherry.  Coffee is grown on trees in the form of cherries.

Wine Lovers are Trading In Their Brie for Brix

Charcuterie and cheese boards have long been staples for wine lovers looking for a tasty, complimentary snack, but when lung doctor Nick Proia started thinking about the different effects these snacks were having on his arteries, it didn’t make sense to him. Watch the full On Foodable Weekly episode to learn more about chocolate specially formulated for wine!

What You Can Learn From Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip Franchisee Incentives

Finding the right investors for one's business can be an arduous task. Between meetings, presentations, and coming up with the best ways to market a concept— an operator can be left exhausted at the end of the day and sometimes to no avail. One effective way to get the attention of people with the big bucks is by creating attractive franchise incentives and limited-time offers that investors simply can’t resist.

Here’s Why the Top Three QSR Chains are the Ultimate Marketing Masters

Today’s foodie has more restaurants to pick from than ever. With innovative fast casuals and elevated casual dining restaurants popping up across the country, quick-serve establishments are being forced to rebrand and adapt to keep consumer attention. For any restaurant to keep up in this competitive digital space, their marketers have to think outside the box. While traditional print marketing may be still relative, the consumer’s everyday experience is now a virtual one.

The Main Dish: Spice Things up in the Kitchen, Amazon's Future Role in the Food Industry, and Other Highlights

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.

This Lifestyle Brand Plans to Grow by 75% By the End of 2017

CoreLife Eatery currently has 16 stores, but plans to grow to 28 stores by the end of the year. To help the concept meet its aggressive expansion goals, Scott Davis, the former Panera Bread chief concept officer was brought on as the president earlier this year. We sat down with the restaurant industry veteran to see why he decided to make the move to CoreLife Eatery, how the brand incorporates consumer trends, and what's to come. 

3 Ways to Create a Training System That Gets Results

An outstanding restaurant understands that school is never out for the true professional. If you want your restaurant to stand out in your market, you need to become obsessed with training. The problem is most restaurant training systems are just generic “out of the box” manuals or templates that have been downloaded from some website. 

Foodable Labs Predicts Amazon Will Eat Up Restaurant Market Share

On this episode of The Barron Report, Host Paul Barron crunches the numbers to predict how Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods will impact the industry. Using data from Foodable Labs, we get an inside look at Amazon’s current state and its customers. 

Foraging Fox Beets up the Competition with Their Artisanal Superfood Ketchup

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we uncover another Artisan Food Find from the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. Condiments are slowly starting to take center stage. Items like vegan mayonnaise and unique pickles are just a couple condiments rising up in the ranks. An England-based company, The Foraging Fox, has gotten a head start with their 100% natural beetroot ketchup which they started creating three years ago.

How to Spice Things up in the Kitchen

Guests continue to clamor for “authentic” flavors in food. One thing that remains consistent in the quest for authenticity in cuisine is the use of spices. While “spicy” never seems to fall far on industry flavor trends and forecasts, “spices” are continuing to trend upwards. It is the deep understanding and deliberate use of each one that offers guests a truly authentic experience.

When It Comes to Wine, Cater to Guests With These Adventurous Selections

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, our host, Paul Barron, sits down with City Winery’s National Wine Director, Rachel Speckan and Maple & Ash’s Head Sommelier and Director of Wine Imports, Daniel Pilkey.

The Main Dish: Fast Casual Superstars, How to Create Compelling Video, and Other Highlights

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.

Coca-Cola Re-commits to Reducing 20% of Calories from Sugar from its Products by 2025

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, our host, Paul Barron, sits down with Brad Spickert, VP of National Foodservice & On-Premise Marketing for The Coca-Cola Company, to discuss beverage insights pertaining to the soda giant, and in a broader sense, the beverage industry as a whole.

How This LA Grab-and-Go Concept Plans to Bring Healthy Food to Every Table

Learn all about Everytable, the Cali-based brand with four stores near the LA area providing healthy, yet affordable prepackaged meals to the local market. Each Everytable store is priced according to their the local demographics. We sit down with Everytable’s co-founders 

How to Create Highly Shareable Video Content

On this episode of Front of House, Carrie White talks to Shivram Vaideeswaran, former Head of Global Marketing at Taco Bell and now the VP of Marketing at Tendergreens. Let's just say, he knows his stuff. Carrie and Shivram outline how important video is in your business, and better yet HOW to get started.

Traditional Brand Cacique proves Authenticity is Trendy

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we see how long-standing brand, Cacique, is adapting in response to the millennial consumer, while still staying true to their identity. Cacique has been at the forefront of authentic Mexican cuisine for over 40 years with its queso fresco and crema. 

3 Ways To Get Your Staff to Think Like an Operator

One of the biggest challenges for restaurant owners is getting your staff interested in the job that you are hiring them to do. You sit there and think, “Well, i’m giving them a job that provides a paycheck so they should do what the job entails!” But that’s not how to get your team to do what you need them to do.

The Sandwich Recession: The Rise and Fall of Fast Casual Sandwich Sectors

Lately, we’ve seen a decrease in traditional fast food brands due to the new, healthier concepts, making it essential that the sandwich concept to get onboard. And thankfully, today there are sandwich companies that take pride in the locally-sourced ingredients it serves, ensuring the customer gets the best food.