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Food Trends – Profiting from Technology and Changing Consumer Tastes

The words natural and sustainable are currently all the buzz in restaurants. In a recent report by the National Restaurant Association, environmental sustainability was one of the top restaurant trends for the year. Eco-friendly restaurants use energy-efficient appliances, eliminate waste and serve locally-sourced foods and ingredients. Below are a few highlights from the report that 



Three Reasons to Invest in New Foodservice Kitchen Equipment

As we enter into the final quarter of the year, it’s a good time to look at the equipment in your restaurant and evaluate what needs upgrading or replacing. If you think you may be in the market for some new equipment, SoCalGas® is hosting a Foodservice Equipment Expo on October 18 and 19 (details 



Prepping for the SoCalGas® Expo

Proper Planning Maximizes Show Experience Much like the clothes you wear, the equipment you have in your restaurant kitchen says a lot about you and your operation. A good shopper researches clothing stores and peruses the latest fashions on the internet before hitting the stores. Restaurant operators, chefs and caterers planning to attend the upcoming 



Expo Offers Unique Opportunity to Test-Drive Equipment

On Your Mark, Get Set … Cook As a restaurant operator, you know how difficult it is to select the right equipment for your kitchen. Since this equipment is important, the time involved to make the best decision is a major undertaking. In addition, factors, such as energy efficiency, new technology, best cooking methodology and 



Key Metrics to Measure the Efficiency of Your Restaurant

When evaluating the efficiency of your restaurant management team there are few better metrics to use than Cost of Sales and Cost per Cover. Cost of sales is a great way to look at your food, beverage, and labor expenses (prime costs) to make sure you are operating efficiently.  The ratio is calculated by dividing 



Fast Casual Pizza -Eat it Up

Life can seem very complicated as every day, there are seemingly endless choices: what clothes to wear, which roads to take, where to eat for the day, when to exercise and on and on. That’s one of the attractions of fast casual dining, which allows choosing a meal to be immensely easier by laying out 



The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Is Your Organization Ready For Compliance?

November 4, 2015 | by Sarah Massey, M.Sc. Since January 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working towards implementing new rules on food safety, as part of the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Some of the regulations have already taken effect and others will soon be finalized in early 2016. In 



Hotels Go Upscale in Coffee Service

  Artisanal coffees are the new hip way to present our favorite beverage and with them come a creative and progressive mindset about how food-service operators present themselves to the public. Hotels in particular have taken to serving better and unique coffee in order to compete with the army of coffeehouses on their block. Coffee 



California City Turns to Compostables to Fight Drought

California is in its fourth year of reduced rainfall, leading to one of its worst droughts in modern times. Cities throughout the state have been cutting back, and one town, Fort Bragg, located along the coast in northern California, has been some of them most drastic water conservation steps.



Turn on the Spice and Turn up the Sale

More and more Americans these days are enjoying spicy foods. Recent consumer research clearly shows that the desire for heat keeps growing every year. Walk into almost any restaurant, and you’re sure to see new spicy menu items, even salsa has overtaken ketchup as America’s No. 1 condiment. You could blame it on millennials, the 



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