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Chef Julia Doyne of the Forge Irons Out Historic Steakhouse With New Flair

The Forge has been an icon in Miami since the 1930s, but with newly appointed new executive Chef Julia Doyne, the renowned American steakhouse is getting a new wave of attention on this episode of “Table 42”!

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7 Ways to Reinvent the Potato in Your Menu

There's more to life than mashed potatoes and french fries. Looking for creative ways to revamp these menu classics? Don't be a couch potato when it comes to reimagining your cuisine — here are the best culinary tips to make the most of your menu offerings! 

What Does 'Quality Ingredients' Mean? 3 Things to Consider

What does it mean when you use the term “quality ingredients”? Restaurants and brands toss the phrase everywhere on their menus and websites, but does that mean we buy the absolute best of everything? If not, why not? Quality is as subjective as flavor.

To Follow or Not to Follow a Trend? 4 Tips to Help You Decide

All trends seem to plateau sooner rather than later, but few ride along in full force before something takes its place or someone slanders its status. All types of foodservice outlets need to take note of trends and why they rise and fall. Quick-service, full service, fine dining, and caterers are all subjected to reviews as customers are quick to judge as soon as they read over your menu.

What a Farmer Can Teach a Chef

As my career progressed, the fantasy of a mindful partnership with the land became one of a stewardship of labor and food costs. You could argue that one is as valuable as the other, but becoming a good tactician to the exclusion of all other concerns always felt like a hollow victory to me. Did driving an acceptable food cost mean that the only connection to the land that made fiscal sense came by way of neat, Cryovac packaging?

5 Tips on Engineering the Right Menu for  Your Restaurant

The restaurant menu is the singular most important element of any operation. Yet, it is often relegated to a half-hearted (or misguided) effort at best, and a comical jab at juggling food cost at worst. Where is the logic? Food is the product of any restaurant. So why give such little thought to the device that describes, sells, and advertises your product? Restaurants fail when they don't stick to their mission.


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Diet Restrictions? Adjusting Your Menu for Health-Conscious Guests

By Brian Murphy, Foodable Industry Expert

Guests are getting wiser when it comes to their overall health, and the knowledge they are gaining is having an impact on the restaurant’s bottom line. Keeping guests happy and fed in a healthful way is a rising trend in the fast casual market and beyond. Here are some ways to make simple modifications to accommodate the latest trends in health and lifestyle that won’t cause too many headaches for team members.

“No onions.”

“Dressing on the side.”

“Is there any gluten in that?”

These requests and inquiries are nothing new to chefs and restaurant owners, but requests and questions about sourcing and individual ingredients have restaurant staff members scrambling in attempt to accommodate them. Customer demands are increasing to the point where the most basic, prepped menu items are in jeopardy of having to be made from scratch in order to meet the expectations of some guests.

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