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  • Beverages and breakfast items make their mark on kids’ menus
    their mark on kids menus By Kristin Menas January 27 2016 Tweet Leave a comment According to Technomic s MenuMonitor database beverages are the most popular items found on kids menus in Canada Some of the most common beverage varieties are soft drinks iced tea lemonade and milk Despite the fact that health initiatives are underway at many chains soda still remains the most common beverage on kids menus However we are still seeing the addition of healthier alternatives such as smoothies and juice Second on the list of leading kids menu items are breakfast dishes The leading types of breakfast options include pancakes breakfast platters and French toast respectively Pancakes and French toast are both filling traditional breakfast items that are kid friendly Breakfast platters on the other hand provide young diners with variety often combining items like eggs bacon breakfast starches and fruit Thirdly we see that chicken dishes are a leading type of item on kids menus Some of the most common chicken dishes on kids menus are chicken strips or nuggets which appeared on 127 menus Chicken strips and nuggets are widely accepted as child friendly dining options particularly because they are handheld and bite sized

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  • Boost your business with seven attractive Valentine’s Day promotional ideas
    s Day promotion available for the whole family and create special prix fixe menus that also include something for children or a family style meal Also consider offering a special Valentine s Day family brunch on the Saturday and Sunday before and give out small boxes of chocolates for the kids and flowers for the moms Set up an arts and crafts table so that kids can make their parents a Valentine s Day card while they are in your restaurant 3 Promote two to four weeks in advance If your restaurant does direct mail marketing or email marketing make sure you notify your customers of your special promotions and festivities at least two to four weeks in advance and be sure to send out a second or third email reminder one or two days before the event Write Happy Valentine s Day at the top of your newsletter or flyer and entice readers to come into your restaurant with mouth watering descriptions of your special menu and any other special surprises Encourage readers to make a reservation 4 Partner up with other businesses A big part of celebrating Valentine s Day is also the gifts Partner up with local businesses to offer special discounts for services if they eat at your restaurant Be creative Consider a spa for a manicure pedicure or massage movie tickets broadway tickets oil changes flower shops or if you are more daring even a coupon to a sex shop The ideas are endless Take a walk around your neighbourhood and see what types of businesses would work best with your restaurant 5 Run a contest Offer a special contest for a romantic weekend getaway or fancy gift baskets gift cards and gift certificates to your lucky diners on Valentine s Day Set up an

    Original URL path: http://www.restaurantcentral.ca/ValentinesDayPromotionalIdeas.aspx (2016-02-14)
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  • Health trends on Canadian menus
    as SCOBY resembling a floating tentacle less jellyfish converts sweetened tea into this lightly sweet and tangy probiotic source Tonica Kombucha s President and owner Zoey Shamai notes that her company has experienced impressive month to month sales growth for three years Her bottled products are popular for grab n go cases and both bottles and 20 litre pails are picking up as cocktail mixers Further proof of kombucha s growing popularity is the opening of Pekoe Kombucha in Toronto which according to co founder Dan Johanis is the very first bar to offer organic kombucha on tap exclusively We mix our organic draught kombucha with cold pressed juices on the spot to create a fun and healthy beverage that incorporates the best of a cold pressed juice minimal oxidation maximum phytonutrients and organic kombucha probiotics and amino acids Pekoe is also launching in pubs and sells bottles growlers and kegs of kombucha to several area cafés juice bars and wellness clinics Non traditional uses of fermented foods are also en vogue Dairy supplier Liberté suggests using kefir a fermented milk beverage as a marinade much like yogurt for tandoori chicken No longer just for soup Vancouver Island s SoBo offers Broiled Oysters with miso mayo In Toronto cabbage based kimchi lends a salty sour spicy punch to Liberty Noodle s Sriracha and honey drizzled Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice Culture club Cultured dairy specifically Greek yogurt has increased in popularity with uses ranging from parfaits at Starbucks and Tim Hortons to dressings at Freshii and St Hubert Frédérique Delagrave Director of Marketing at Liberté Canada has seen big growth for their Greek yogurt sales since 2010 and sales patterns suggest room for continued growth Yogurt prevalence in general is apparent through industry leaders side dishes Subway offers Liberté Organic Vanilla yogurt with Cranberry Muesli Wendy s sells a probiotic yogurt cup and McDonald s has yogurt in smoothies parfaits and Happy Meals QSRs are not alone though full service Local Pub Eatery serves playful yogurt smoothie shots with brunch entrées and Cactus Club Cafe tops Potato Skins and Szechuan Chicken Lettuce Wraps with spicy yogurt Superfoods A now ubiquitous marketing term superfood refers to phytochemical anti oxidant and vitamin rich ingredients There seems no end in sight for consumer regard for superfoods which are experiencing widespread popularity in most foodservice sectors favourites include green tea and dark coloured blue green purple red fruits and vegetables Yogen Früz features several superfoods including avant garde bright fuchsia dragon fruit in its Pitaya Bowl According to Aaron Serruya President of Yogen Früz green smoothies Açaí Bowls and flavours including matcha green tea cherry and blueberry are a natural fit for us the Açaí Bowls have been a great success and we are presently working on launching two new flavours Our green smoothies have been a hit with consumers as well We are now in the final stages of launching two new green smoothies Outside of traditional steeped tea Second Cup offers Matcha Green

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  • Seven tips for healthy foodservice innovation
    is key Registered dietitians are experts at this kind of communication so engage their services in your innovation plans 2 Embrace health and dietary guidelines Heathy menu options are important to many consumers and can influence their choice of restaurants Millennials are particularly health and value conscious That leaves lots of room for innovation in the nutrition and wellness space for foodservice operators Look to dietary guidelines to improve the health profile of your menu offerings Serve more vegetables whole grains nuts seeds and lower fat cheese and yogurt Incorporate fish lean cuts of meat and meat alternatives such as beans lentils and tofu into your menus more often 3 Include all things fresh and local If you re looking for new menu ideas take your cue from the seasons Seasonal and fresh foods attract all types of consumers To find out what s harvested seasonally in your area visit a farmer s market near you or check out seasonal produce guides online Health Canada recognizes as local food that is produced and sold within a province or territory or within 50 km of the originating provincial borders As an innovative food service provider consider highlighting your responsible sourcing practices 4 Let customers customize Today s consumers love customizing their restaurant choices to their individual preferences and health needs To maximize the health benefits of a meal they may opt for nutrient dense menu items high quality foods and smaller portion sizes Innovative operators can respond to this trend by limiting the number of main offerings but allowing for greater individual customization Foodservice researchers recommend consolidating menus and seeking products that stand out 5 Update beverage offerings When it comes to innovation revamping food menus is an obvious place to start but don t forget about beverages Consumers want choices

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  • Eight ways to make your restaurant kid-friendly
    with their name on it offering special menu items made especially for them You can also mail out coupons and other specials you might be having in the near future You can also send each child a birthday card Inside the card offer a free slice of cake or a free drink the next time they visit 3 Hold a monthly kid s event Hosting an event gives parents with their kids an added incentive to come to your restaurant and it will help boost your dinner sales Once a month have a special Kid s Night at your restaurant where kids can get a short tour of the kitchen and have an opportunity to see how the food is prepared Get their photo taken with the chef Hire a clown or a balloon maker to entertain them Hosting an event gives parents with their kids an added incentive to come to your restaurant and it will help boost your dinner sales Once a month have a special Kid s Night at your restaurant where kids can get a short tour of the kitchen and have an opportunity to see how the food is prepared Get their photo taken with the chef Hire a clown or a balloon maker to entertain them 4 Engage kids through interesting and interactive activities Children don t like to wait Have something for the children to do at the table or set up a small game station in a corner of your restaurant to include a variety of interactive games coloring activities and puzzles Kids are also drawn to videos computers and mobile devices Set up an area in your restaurant into a mini video and computer room where the kids can register for the online club and watch videos while they wait for their meal 5 Use paper tablecloths placemats and crayons Kids get hungry and bored easily Keep the kids busy by providing crayons and large sheets of brown paper used instead of or in addition to regular tablecloths Children love colouring so consider holding a monthly colouring contest and award gift certificates or coupons for free meals desserts or drinks Not only will you be making the kids happy but you will give the parents and their children a good reason to come back to your restaurant Keep the parents happy by providing high chairs and clean changing stations It is becoming more common for parents to ask restaurant owners to have changing stations in both women s and men s restrooms 6 Give out free balloons I have met several parents that patronize certain shops and grocery stores solely based on the fact that their child gets a free balloon each time they visit A free balloon is also an easy and inexpensive way to advertise your restaurant brand name around town 7 Use a mascot to bring kids to your restaurant If you want to appeal to kids use a mascot Kids love to be able to meet mascots

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  • How to handle complaints from the other side
    one point which is either because the experience level offered was too low or the expectation level anticipated was too high There are many factors that can upset this balance including the price of the product or service timing quality and other reasons that can be controlled by a business Many comments and complaints however come from an emotional base often referencing a special occasion past experience or prior knowledge of an establishment Understanding the emotional state of a guest is a large part of working in hospitality based industries Every customer has the right to their own opinion and experience and those two things form a reality and the story that they will tell a story that is not just told to friends and family but to social media blog posts and websites designed to rate businesses Although this story may not reflect the exact actions or events that have taken place it is put out into the realm of social media for all to see and for businesses to respond to if they choose So why do successful businesses actively seek out comments and complaints and even provide incentives for feedback In the past the reasons revolved around getting feedback to help shape the business provide proper customer service and identify issues that needed to be resolved Although these reasons are no less important today the motive that overshadows all others is social media reputation The majority of marketing is done online it tends to have the most reach to a specifically defined customer base All of this online media and marketing can be negated with one TripAdvisor complaint or one negative Facebook post which is why more businesses now have a guest experience manager responsible for following and responding to feedback Businesses that take an active role

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  • Restaurant Central > Home
    with the right restaurant POS Beverages and breakfast items make their mark on kids menus 01 Recipe innovation brings a new focus to potatoes 02 Maximising your next trade show event is about a shift in approach 03 Three ways to fire up your innovation strategy 04 Increase sales and drive repeat customers with the right restaurant POS 05 Beverages and breakfast items make their mark on kids menus Pause DNN SlideShow Markit SlideShow 1 Boost your business with seven attractive Valentine s Day promotional ideas 2 Health trends on Canadian menus 3 Seven tips for healthy foodservice innovation 4 Eight ways to make your restaurant more kid friendly 5 How to handle online complaints Recipe innovation brings a new focus to potatoes Boston Pizza finds a cheesy way to melt hearts this Valentine s Day Maximising your next trade show event is about a shift in approach Ventura Foods acquires the sauce and condiment business of Wing s Food Products of Canada National poll on Super Bowl eating and viewing habits confirms Pizza remains top choice in 2016 Sweeten up your Valentine s Day Celebrate Valentine s Day with Starbucks latest drinks Amp up your Super Bowl party with these fun food ideas Expand your delivery horizons with UberEats Warm up this winter with a healthy hearty soup 01 Most Popular 02 Recent Articles 03 New Blog Posts Pause DNN SlideShow Markit SlideShow Recipe innovation brings a new focus to potatoes Whether boiled roasted baked or fried potatoes are a mainstay on almost every restaurant menu As customer tastes evolve chefs and restaurateurs find Creating community Joshna Maharaj Assistant Director of Food Services and Executive Chef Ryerson University Tom Peters author of In Search of Excellence once said Community Three ways to fire up your innovation strategy For most

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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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