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Joe Carbonara

Transition Game

If you stop and stare at one long enough, you can probably see a restaurant or foodservice operation evolve before your very eyes.

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Juan Martinez

Redefining Service in an Evolving Industry

What is service? How is service evolving? Where is service going? These are important questions that foodservice operators across all industry segments need to ask to thrive in today’s market.

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Jerry Stiegler

Casual Dining’s Same-Store Sales Increase, Chili’s Reduced Menu Working, Comparable Store Sales from 20 Chains, and More

Same-store sales increase at casual dining chains, per a Knapp Track report. Virtual restaurants are a big thing. Chili’s says the reduced menu is working. More than 20 chains report comparable store sales. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

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NRA Study Highlights top Culinary and Operational Trends for 2012

ACF member chefs share their industry perspectives through this annual research.

The National Restaurant Association's "What's Hot in 2012" survey of nearly 1,800 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – shed some light on a series of culinary and food prep trends that are certain to shape the foodservice industry in 2012.

With that in mind, here are the top 10 food prep and culinary themes for 2012 according to the NRA.

Preparation Methods

  1. Pickling
  2. Fermenting
  3. Sous vide
  4. Liquid nitrogen chilling/freezing
  5. Oil-poaching
  6. Smoking
  7. Braising
  8. Grilling
  9. Roasting
  10. Foam/froth/air

Culinary Themes

  1. Hyper-local sourcing (e.g. restaurant gardens)
  2. Sustainability
  3. Children's nutrition
  4. Gluten-free/food allergy conscious
  5. Farm/estate-branded ingredients
  6. Food trucks/street food
  7. Health/nutrition
  8. Simplicity/back to basics
  9. Food-alcohol pairings
  10. Foraging
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