FOOD & BEVERAGE
Every Dog Has Its Day
No longer relegated to children’s menus, hot dogs are being rediscovered as an iconic American comfort food. From high-brow foot-long Kobe dogs and pastrami-topped Reuben dogs to regional fixings such as sauerkraut, coleslaw or chili, red hots suddenly are just that.
Four Stars: The Toast of Italy
It’s bruschetta’s time for reinvention and chefs show their versatility in restyling the popular Italian appetizer. At Chicago’s Del Toro, Basque-style tapas atop crisp bread. Ciabatta with Crescenza cheese, grilled asparagus and prosciutto is the definition at NoRTH. La Tavola Trattoria in Atlanta offers guests a trio of interpretations.
Prodded by legislators, administrators, nutritionists and parents to eliminate empty-calorie beverages, schools find fruit-based smoothies a popular and healthful alternative. Chains and contractors are willing and helpful partners in the effort to make smoothies available.
2006 Ivy Awards
Nominated by past winners, voted in by their peers, this year’s inductees into the Ivy Society proudly uphold the tradition of uncompromising commitment to quality in food and service. Since their inception in 1971, the Ivy Awards have honored best-in-class professionalism and hospitality.
Commander’s Palace, Las Vegas
mk the Restaurant
The Peabody Orlando
Will Build to Suit
Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq war, China’s industrial development and other converging economic factors result in steep increases in commercial building costs. For restaurateurs, these often require rethinking growth plans, refiguring returns on investment, raising menu prices or seeking cost-cutting solutions.
Restaurants generate mountains of garbage, but operators find that recycling, composting and other tactics can reduce waste without disruptions.
At The Ohio State University Medical Center, a fleet of robotic food transporters controlled by a wireless network has improved patient service by keeping meals hotter and speeding delivery times.
New c-store strategies propel 7-Eleven, White Hen and others; a California student wants voters to lift the soft-drink ban; Westin explores the fast-casual market; conveyors deliver sushi; Women’s Foodservice Forum honors executive excellence; and the National Restaurant Association’s annual expo prepares its programs. Menu Focus catches up with lobster dishes; Table Turns tells who’s news..
The Ten-Minute Manager's Guide to...Food Festivals
Food festivals present operators great opportunities for sampling and marketing. The Ten-Minute Manager gathers festive advice and solutions.
Viewpoint: Scary Book 2