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Food Trends 2017: A Health-Conscious Perspective

Food Trends

Many of the food trends anticipated in the near future will cater to individuals who have adopted a health-conscious lifestyle, and will span the gamut from good versus bad fats to seaweed and fermented foods.

 

Food Trends

Good Versus Bad Fats

Whereas low-carb, Mediterranean and paleo diets became popular in 2016, many experts this year expect to see a greater emphasis on foods high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, such as avocado, fish and nuts.

 

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Plant Proteins

Plant foods, such as high-fat avocados, will soon constitute another major food trend. They have increasingly grown in popularity, as dietitians have long touted the heart-healthy benefits of a vegetarian diet.

 

Food Trends

Seaweed

A key ingredient in Asian food for the past thousand years, seaweed is low in fat and calories, and loaded in nutrients like Vitamins A, B and C, iron, fiber, zinc and magnesium. While seaweed chips have seen a recent surge in popularity, culinary experts expect the seaweed plant to receive wider acclaim in the coming months.

 

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Fermented Foods

Holistic nutritionist Kelly Boaz calls fermented foods one of the top food trends of 2017. Fermented foods have been exposed to certain bacteria and yeasts. This process of fermentation, which can alter the food’s taste, can make the food more conducive to digestion. Boaz says it may among other things help improve mental health, reduce the risk of certain cancers, and help diminish the symptoms of lactose intolerance.

 

Food Trends

Manufacturers Now Make Meatless Burgers Taste Like the Real Thing

That’s right. In fact, soy and veggie burgers have now become indistinguishable from hamburgers in both taste and texture. The only real difference, aside from their substance, is their nutritional value.

 

Food Trends

Sorghum

In addition, sorghum will likely gain traction in the health food market soon. Rich in fiber and protein, sorghum is present in cereals and chips, and will appear later this year in such foods as protein bars and crackers.

For more information on including health-conscious food in your menu, please contact us.

IRS Restaurant Service Charge vs Tips (REV. Ruling 2012-18)

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How does the 2014 IRS Rev. Ruling 2012-18 affect restaurant service staff and restauranteurs?

2014 has brought many changes to the restaurant industry and one of the most buzzed about topics is Rev. Ruling 2012-18 according to news channel WFAA. This ruling implies that restauranteurs must differentiate between automatic gratuities and voluntary tips which can ultimately cost restaurants big bucks. Any sort of gratuity that compels patrons to automatically pay an additional percentage on their meals and services is no longer considered a tip and must be calculated as part of a server’s wages.

The State of the Craft Beer Industry’s Growth

Craft Beer Industry
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Craft Beer History

Brewing craft beer has been a long-held tradition for centuries throughout European history, but breweries slowly crept over to the States as people migrated west. Because of prohibition and other various factors, craft beer breweries have trickled in and out of America over the past few decades, but in recent years the craft beer movement has expanded its reach in America and today’s breweries appear to be here to stay.

Guide to Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Spring has sprung and with the new season comes great produce!

Time to visit the local markets, stock the fridge/pantry and start working on new recipes.

Below is a guide to the season’s offerings.

Look for these spring fruits and vegetables at the market for the best flavor (and value) when in season. Note that specific crops and harvest dates depend on the climate of your region (see regional and state-specific seasonality guides for details).

Weekly Restaurant Planning Guide

Restaurant PlanTaking Small Steps to Achieve Larger Goals

A well-organized weekly plan can truly make the difference between a growing profitable establishment and a drifting restaurant. Whether you are running a small “mom & pop restaurant”, a high volume casual restaurant, a theme restaurant, a fine dining restaurant, any food service venue or bar, the fact is the same… You must be organized and have measurable systems in place to be successful. Another truth is, “It doesn’t happen overnight”. In order to reach those long term goals, restaurant owners and operators should focus on likeminded and beneficial short term goals.

How to Increase Restaurant Profitability

Increase your Restaurant's Profits

Increase your Restaurant’s Profits

There are several steps involved in increasing your restaurant’s profit margins.

First you need to evaluate your business, or have a non-biased professional conduct an in-depth operational analysis.  An operational analysis will identify any areas that need improvement and a plan of action will be delivered to you as a guide on how to implement the new procedures.

In most cases, several minor changes in your daily operations can have a significant positive impact on your overall profitability and your way of life.

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