Turkey Time

Brands get creative with Thanksgiving-themed LTOs.
Quick service restaurant brands create new seasonal menu items for Thanksgiving.
Saladworks rolled out a Farm Fresh salad that is topped with turkey tenderloins, house-roasted butternut squash, red grapes, Feta, and candied walnuts.

Fast-casual and quick-serve restaurants are not just banking on the same old flavors for this year’s Thanksgiving-focused limited-time offers (LTO). Many are featuring unique takes on turkey via salads, sandwiches, soups, and other dishes. Thanksgiving and holiday LTO desserts have gotten a new spin, too, from turkey-shaped frozen treats to gingerbread bars.

Instead of the standard turkey and cranberry sandwich pairing, Quiznos rolled out a Pesto Turkey Ciabatta Toastie sandwich with Mozzarella, basil pesto, tomatoes, lettuce, and red wine vinaigrette in early September.

California Restaurants Earn REAL Certification

This morning at the former Archbishop’s Mansion, the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) announced California’s first restaurants to achieve REAL Certification. Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) Certification is a growing national program that helps combat diet-related disease by recognizing restaurants and foodservice operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.

'witchcraft Gets Crafty with PeopleMatter's Hiring Software

PeopleMatter and national sandwich company ‘wichcraft announced plans to automate ‘wichcraft’s human resources processes with the PeopleMatter Platform.

All 15 ‘wichcraft locations are making the transition from paper hiring and training practices to one comprehensive, cloud-based HR Platform.

With more than 400 employees in their New York, San Francisco, and Las Vegas locations, the artisan sandwich company will leverage the technology to further promote the company’s cultural values of accomplishment, satisfaction, and excitement.

The Great Spin-Off

The seasoning of the food, impeccable service, crisp table linens—every detail counts in fine dining, as chefs and managers seek to create a memorable experience alongside a savory meal.

That same strategy is now playing out in the quick-serve arena, where fine-dining operators are increasingly creating fast-casual sister concepts to their white-tablecloth businesses.