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  • More Stories: Industry News
    be joining us as our new Director of National Rituals reign during Tim Hortons RRRoll Up the Rim to Win After 30 years and 500 million prizes the top rolling rituals of the RRRoll Up the Rim to Win contest are revealed slow and steady thumb rolling is the number one roll technique according to more than 50 Cora is flipping over its 5th National Pancake Day On Tuesday February 9th Cora restaurants will donate 1 from the sale of every pancake and crepe plates to the Cora Foundation to benefit the Breakfast Club of Canada DRUXY S Famous Deli acquires Williams Fresh Café DRUXY S Famous Deli is pleased to announce the acquisition of Williams Fresh Cafe Canada s leading fast casual cafe franchise The combined entity results in 70 delis cafes and kiosks across Ontario A W renowned for its delicious burgers named Franchisor of the Year A W Food Services of Canada Inc has just been awarded the prestigious Maillon d Or in the Franchisor of the Year category by the Conseil québécois de la franchise Tim Hortons commits to use only cage free eggs in Canada by 2025 Today iconic brand Tim Hortons announced a landmark commitment to source only cage free eggs for its restaurants in Canada the US and Mexico by 2025 Tim Hortons is responsible for approximately six Basque Culinary Center launches international award to celebrate chefs A new international prize was launched today that will recognize one chef who has made an exceptional contribution to improving society through gastronomy It will be judged by many of the world s most Caring Canadians join Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73 in record fundraising for children s hospitals in 2015 The dough keeps piling up for Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73 in their Slices for

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  • Order Up blog: archives
    time of year So why not host something a little festive and different than you re used to All day Egg McMuffins and more now available at McCafe A McCafe standalone store opened on Dec 10 at Union Station in Toronto The idea is that the shop is more of a coffee shop with a different menu than McDonald s Order Up s 2015 Foodie Gift Guide The gift giving time of year is almost here You may find yourself searching for the perfect gift for your foodie friend or even wanting to snag a few things for yourself so check out these gifts that will please any food lover Starbucks is at it again with a new holiday beverage You didn t think December would roll around without Starbucks introducing a new holiday drink did you The Holiday Spice Flat White is now available at Starbucks locations throughout Canada and the United States Lay s P E I Scalloped Potatoes chips are Canada s favourite flavour You have probably seen interesting and Lay s potato chips on store shelves the past couple of months If you were wondering what these were all about it was part of Lay s Do Us a Flavour contest For a taste of Canada just eat one of these The United States may have Trader Joe s and In N Out Burger but we Canadians have our fair share of good food Check out these uniquely Canadian foods for a taste of our country Pudding variations that are anything but boring When you hear the word pudding you probably think of something plain and boring and don t get too excited I am pleased to inform you that pudding has recently gotten way more delicious unique and exciting Matcha green tea with even more

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  • Digital Editions
    Jordan Knox Go Digital Editions 2015 NOVEMBER DECEMBER SEPTEMBER OCTOBER JULY AUGUST Coming soon Open this issue Open this issue MAY JUNE MARCH APRIL JANUARY FEBURARY Open this issue Open this issue Open this issue 2014 NOVEMBER DECEMBER SEPTEMBER OCTOBER JULY AUGUST Open this issue Open this issue Open this issue MAY JUNE MARCH APRIL JANUARY FEBRUARY Open this issue Open this issue Open this issue 2013 NOVEMBER DECEMBER SEPTEMBER

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  • POS solutions: Get your point-of-sale system working for you
    Leveraging reconciliation tools Obtaining reports through a centralized location Faster check out and enhanced customer service Reducing keying errors by staff Streamlining the end of day process If you don t have a solution currently or are looking to upgrade there are many reputable POS and restaurant management solutions available that have the platform to support your business needs today and help you expand and grow your operations for the future Restaurant management systems Chase Paymentech has integrated with many of the leading restaurant POS solutions to help streamline operations and enhance the payment and customer experience While there are many to choose from not all POS systems offer the same solution features or support model Below are three such solution providers Auphan Software Auphan s Restaurant Table Service Software for fine dining casual and full service restaurants and bars provides users front and back office management features Their systems facilitate easy training learning and extend the scope of capabilities of a POS solution Features such as integrated online ordering and reservations with SMS cell phone text message notifications gift card loyalty programs and scheduling software are just some of their product offerings A popular feature amongst restaurant owners includes login capability to manage your system remotely without interrupting your day to day business The inventory system feature also provides insight for recipe food and drink costing audit trail and additional reporting so you can delve deeper into your restaurant s overall performance Our industry expertise and product innovation ensures key features and capabilities are relevant for restaurant and food beverage operators in today s competitive market says Andrew Ould operations director for Auphan Software Our integrated systems allow owners and operators the ability to multi task and manage all aspects of their business from a central system with the added online convenience AM PM Service Whether your business includes table or quick service pick up delivery or banquet operations AM PM Service provides a robust hospitality solution in U POS Restaurant Management AM PM Service designed U POS Restaurant Management System so that it would be customizable and easy to use We designed a cost effective and easy to use solution for customers of all sizes says Dave Nation AM PM vice president of sales Our solution is completely affordable no modules or hidden costs and fully supported by our headquarters in Vancouver U POS features a touch screen order entry solution that allows for easy menu and table layout setup that is highly intuitive saving restaurants money from training and setup labour hours Designed for FSR QSR delivery and take out services U POS continues to offer a repeat order history automatic delivery centralized reporting time attendance discounts and more Squirrel Systems Squirrel Systems offers a turnkey POS system with a range of customizable POS options to meet different needs and budgets whether you have a single restaurant location or a multi unit operation The open architecture differentiates Squirrel from many other POS vendors and allows our POS

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  • Five things that contribute to a food-forward town
    also offers a completely different setting than the Pedal and Tap which has an innovative and original menu and unique atmosphere that was featured in an episode of the Food Network s You Gotta Eat Here Nearby sits the Stone Fire Grill where guests can find flat bread pizza prepared to true Neapolitan specifications complete with San Marzano tomatoes On a sunny afternoon it is great to sit out on the patio at the Burrito Grill while enjoying authentic Mexican cuisine What all of these restaurants have in common is that they are not common each has its unique draw that would do well in any larger market With all food forward towns there is somewhat of a dependence on tourism to drive business and Kimberley is no different In the winter season the Kimberley Alpine Resort draws tourists from around the world for its large amounts of snow and excellent grooming conditions During the summer the focus changes to the three golf courses within the town including the award winning Trickle Creek Golf Course Other outdoor activities such as hiking and biking help to supply the demand for the many food and beverage establishments Tourism alone cannot sustain all the businesses of Kimberley so when the shoulder seasons arrive they rely a great deal on their local traffic as well as support from surrounding communities Kimberley has the distinct geographic advantage of being a 20 minute drive from the city of Cranbrook B C which is on a major international trucking route to the Canada U S border The two communities share an airport which provides easy access for tourists and commuters to both areas The community support is only one part of the equation as local government has recognized the unique opportunity they have to showcase local restaurants

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  • Contact
    into a promotional partnership with other local businesses Link Click here Diane Chiasson Chris Elliott Roger Mittag Janine Windsor Devon Peart Chad Finkelstein Kristin Menas Liana Robberecht Jordan Knox Go Contact Us We welcome your contributions and questions For feedback content submissions editorial ideas and event listings for Restaurant Central ca Steven Chester Digital Media Director RestaurantCentral ca Phone 416 512 8186 Ext 224 Email stevenc mediaedge ca Kavita Sabharwal

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  • Classic vanilla tops the list as most popular ice cream flavour
    Leave a comment Top ice cream flavours As has been the case with many quarters in the past Technomic MenuMonitor data finds that vanilla is the most popular flavour of ice cream on Canadian menus This standard variety is a classic flavour often topped with syrups and candy or served alongside indulgent baked goods Vanilla has 248 listings in the first quarter of 2015 which is a slight increase of roughly 1 4 per cent in listings from the previous quarter Also among the top five flavours of ice cream on menus is mango This tropical fruit is featured in a variety of frozen desserts from milkshakes to gelato to specialty ice creams Mango ice creams are primarily listed on menus at Asian concepts such as Thai Express Mango flavoured ice creams are listed 78 times on Canadian menus in the most recent quarter Also noteworthy is banana s place on the list In many cases banana is spotlighted more as a topping in ice cream desserts such as sundaes and banana splits However banana flavoured house made ice creams are appearing at restaurants as well For example Beer Bistro offers a chocolate and caramelized banana ice cream and Marble

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  • Driving customer spending and satisfaction in full service restaurants
    grow the average check size The key for any full service operator is to provide more value and customer satisfaction Within FSR the recipe for satisfaction is Food service value for money and atmosphere These attributes lead in both stated and derived importance meaning consumers say that it is important to them and it has proven to be Beverages create opportunity Full service operators can drive higher satisfaction by placing more focus on beverages including beer and wine selections fresh coffees frosted beer glasses and a variety of cocktails Improving the beverage experience is a win for consumers and operators It can lead to happier customers and a higher scale perception of the restaurant while adding margin to the operator s bottom line Consumers do not make purchase decisions in a vacuum they are influenced by external and internal factors There are certain triggers that can entice consumers to order specific menu items increasing the average spend Be sure to leverage the influence of groups and know the triggers that can drive demand for drinks appetizers and desserts in particular As an example let s say we are near the end of the meal and someone in the group decides to order a specialty drink or dessert it is likely that a number of others will follow suit Other triggers come directly from consumers themselves Many say they would find pairing wine with another menu item appealing They also indicate that beer a mixed drink cocktail and specialty coffees are a special treat Positioning these menu items as something that cannot be easily replicated at home will resonate with consumers And let s talk a little more about coffee As Canadians we love our coffee 73 per cent of us are coffee drinkers averaging two cups a day both in home and out of home In NPD research consumers 71 per cent indicate that it is extremely very somewhat important that a restaurant offers well known brands for coffee Placing more focus on hot specialty coffee will have particular appeal with younger adults as older customers are more inclined to order traditional brewed coffee Hot specialty coffees not only boost checks they help drive demand outside of the morning meal It is highly likely that the decline of more traditional beverages like carbonated soft drinks brewed coffee milk and juice is tied to the price value relationship Consumers consistently say that certain beverages are not a good value for the price charged Through other NPD studies we find that value isn t necessarily about the cheapest price as much as making sure the offering delivers what the customer wants in terms of flavor variety or quality Convenience save me time Convenience remains high on the list of consumer needs portability time saving and order accuracy are key Advances in technology give restaurant operators the ability to connect with people in new and distinctive ways by providing time saving solutions The year 2015 will bring even more mobile apps for ordering

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