FOOD & BEVERAGE
The clamor for simplicity, freshness and high-quality ingredients is being responded to in creative but logical interpretations of Italys rich culinary heritage. The results, combining American ingenuity with Italian mentality, define a new approach to one of the most enduringly popular cuisines.
Are Burgers Done?
Hamburgers were the building blocks of the quick-service boom and they remain consumer favorites. But shifting tastes and the need for operations to broaden their appeal to adults have forced burgers to cede menu space to nonbeef options such as chicken and salads. Amid the changes, is the all-American burger in danger of losing its status?
Making a Name
Noncommercial operations rarely advertise and have little budget room for public relations, but college and healthcare foodservice directors are adept at connecting with communities in cost-effective ways that boost both image and sales. Its a skill the whole industry could emulate.
Hot Spots: Chicken Run
Per-capita chicken consumption has been rising steadily for decades, and R&Is Hot Spots series profiles five growing chains ready, willing and able to meet the demand. With menus offering barbecued, fried or rotisserie-cooked fare, these concepts are adding stores and gaining fans.
People come for great wine and expect glasses to match, says Stu Stein of The Peerless Restaurant in Ashland, Ore., a restaurateur who understands the contribution tabletop elements make to an operation. Similarly, sophisticated new china has elevated patients and guests opinions of Seattles Swedish Medical Center. Here are a few tips to consider when purchasing glassware and china...
Food for Thought
Churchs Chicken expands in the Middle East while McDonalds seeks to win customers in Egypt; the American School Food Service Association introduces online career development for school foodservice employees; salad popularity boosts lettuce demand and prices; Levy Restaurants Sports & Entertainment Group invites nonprofit groups to earn by staffing concession stands at Detroits Ford Field; new research delves into what kids like about restaurants. Menu Focus picks a few choice tomato preparations...
The Road to More Rocco