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Low-Carb Side Dish Ideas for your Menu

Does your restaurant only offer fries and chips as sides? An easy way to revamp your menu to cater to diabetics is by evaluating your side dishes. Check out our list side ideas that are healthy and delicious for everyone.

Consider Offer these Carb-Friendly Sides:

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Secret Menu Items Are Restaurants’ Secret Weapon

By Karen A. Brennan, Marketing & Branding Strategy

A while ago I was in Los Angeles on a Discovery Tour and visited an haute hot dog concept called The Slaw Dogs. The line-up of builds was impressive. They had dozens of variations, from the Soy Bomb veggie dog to a Rueben Dog with spicy sausage and pastrami, but most impressive was when they brought out their “Secret Menu” of off-menu choices for two women who were undecided about what they wanted. How fun is that?

…  Secret menus make guests feel good because they get what they want and feel like they’re getting special treatment too.

But secret menus are also good for restaurants.

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McDonald’s Snack Wrap Gets a Fancy Makeover

Just last week, McDonald’s released its EggWhite Delight breakfast sandwich – a healthier alternative to the Egg McMuffin. And also making its debut this month is the McDonald’s Premium McWrap, an upgrade from the original McWrap and is also marketed as a healthier option.

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McDonald's Premium McWrap | Image credit: Flickr by theimpulsivebuy

McDonald’s Premium McWrap | Image credit: Flickr by theimpulsivebuy

Umami can be your kitchen’s secret weapon

By Joan Lang

Fish Sauce | Image credit: Flickr by Annie Mole

Fish Sauce | Image credit: Flickr by Annie Mole

Sweet, salty, sour, bitter… and umami. Derived from a Japanese word for “deliciousness,” the so-called fifth taste has taught us not only about why some foods are so satisfying, but also about the very nature of human appetite.

You may have heard or read about umami …

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Focusing on flavor: it’s all about the taste!

In the past few years, we’ve witnessed the green movement popping up in restaurants across the nation. Health, earth, animal and people-conscious initiatives such as local, organic, humane and sustainable foods, fair trade practices, recycling and other green methods have been implemented by mindful restaurant owners looking to demonstrate their values and attract like-minded patrons.

While these actions are quite commendable, is it a feat too impractical for a restaurant operator?

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How to write a great restaurant menu

Menu descriptions are an extremely important aspect of a restaurant’s success. ..

As a restaurant owner, the last thing you want is for a guest to gloss over a great dish because they didn’t understand it. A successfully written menu item description, using a technique called “descriptive labeling,” has shown to greatly increase sales and guest ratings.

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Try these potato dishes for your restaurant menu

Potatoes – we love them! Baked, fried, mashed, there’s nothing quite like them. While the classic French fry, made from the russet potato, is the beloved sidekick companion to many dishes, expanding your menu to include more variety is a great way to attract guests.

Try out these great potato menu options:

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What’s the next trend in restaurant menus this year?

As we embark on a new year, restaurant operators seek out the next hottest thing in foodservice trends. Recently, in keeping with the new year’s resolution theme (i.e. eating healthy, losing weight etc.), restaurants are rolling out low-calorie menus.

 

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How good is your tea and coffee menu?

It is one of the last things that the customer tastes so it needs to be great. The statistics speak for themselves. According to a study conducted by Technomic, regular coffee and tea still account for more reported outside of home consumption (i.e. foodservice settings), even despite steady price increases since 2008 (with the exception of frozen/ice blended coffee drinks).

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