Sensational Spuds

Consider the spud. Sure, it’s often thought of as a simple, standard restaurant staple—and in the quick-service field often relegated to the side of the plate or presented in fried format—but it also can be the subject of inspiration and kitchen creativity. Potatoes are also a cost-effective comfort food open to culinary flair.

“Potatoes are among the best profit makers for restaurants,” says Susan Weller, global foodservice marketing manager at the U.S. Potato Board. “And there are so many options for potatoes on the menu.”

Soba Noodles, Mushrooms Star in Modmarket's Winter Menu

Colorado-based fast casual Modmarket rolled out its winter menu items today in all locations. The seasonal menu has a healthy, sustainable, and hearty intent with both new and returning entrees.

Soba noodles are a first for Modmarket and the base ingredient in the new Coconut Citrus Soba Noodle dish. The eatery is also using shiitake and crimini mushrooms to create savory pizza and salad winter options. And guest favorites Red Chicken Melt, Tomato Basil soup, and Cashew Butternut Squash soup are back in time for cool winter temperatures.

A Bright Future

It’s 2029 in Albany, New York—your average American city. A family of four stops by the corner sandwich shop for lunch, and the glass doors automatically slide open as they enter. A brand ambassador greets the family by name at the door, a tablet in her hand displaying the date and details of their last visit. She guides the family to an open table, fitting them each with a head-mounted display, which transforms the tabletop into an assembly line of fresh meats, cheeses, and vegetables.

Ones To Watch: Modmarket

In 2008, Anthony Pigliacampo and Rob McColgan were two young professionals looking for a place to have a healthy lunch on a regular basis. When they couldn’t find one, the pair decided to create one. They pooled their knowledge to create Modmarket.

“We felt very strongly that there needed to be better options for healthy eating,” Pigliacampo says. “We thought there should be more than Chipotle and Whole Foods.”

Modmarket Opens Second Texas Location

Colorado-based farm fresh eatery Modmarket is set to open its second Texas location Monday, October 27 in Plano (8400 Preston Rd.) Plano is the second of four Modmarket locations opening in the Dallas area in February through March 2015. It joins the open location in Flower Mound, Texas, along with eight eateries in and around Denver, Colorado.

Beyond Pumpkin

Sure, pumpkin is king of the fall. But brands have other tricks up their sleeve this fall season.
Fast food brands jump on board pumpking flavor trend with innovative menu items.
Au Bon Pain's fall menu is comprised of a Pumpkin Croissant, Pumpkin CroisBun, Caramel Apple Bar, Pumpkin Pie Latte, and Oven Hot Turkey & Cheddar on 9-Grain Cranberry Ciabatta sandwich.

Pumpkin has long reigned as king of the fall, but this year, limited-service brands are not just adding a pumpkin pastry and calling it a season. Instead, several quick-service and fast-casual concepts introduced non-pumpkin products and innovative spins on the pumpkin flavor, while also launching creative marketing campaigns to bring customers in the door.

Modmarket to Open First Texas Location

Colorado-based farm-fresh eatery Modmarket is set to open its first Texas location Tuesday, September 9, in Flower Mound. This is the first of four Modmarket locations opening in the Dallas area over the next nine months. It joins eight stores in and around Denver, Boulder, and Longmont, Colorado.

On grand opening day, various prizes, including a Richardson Bike Mart cruiser bike, Pure Barre gift card, and Luke’s Locker gift card, will be awarded to guests who register at the restaurant.