Southern California fast casual kale salad excites customers looking for bitter notes.
Menu Innovations
“It’s on a secondary menu that we call ‘Get It Naked,’ which to us means lower in fat and lower in calories. One of our top items has always been the tostada. What we wanted to do with the Naked menu was try to take one of our top-selling products, which was the tostada, and make it even healthier...
Industry News
Wendy Davidson remembers her first Women’s Foodservice Forum back in 1995. She had just started a new marketing position at Tyson Foods, and her manager had suggested she attend. At the time, the group’s numbers hovered around 300, but what WFF lacked in size, it made up for enthusiasm; she was...
Top QSR restaurant chains develop new menu items with flavor balance.
Menu Innovations
It seems that much of foodservice’s focus is on flavors that are sweet, salty, and savory, but there’s something to be said for ingredients that bring the tastes of bitter and sour. Just as composers add minor chords and dissonance to their works to give them a certain tonal quality, chefs do the...
Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio talks with QSR about new sandwich brand.
Interviews
Acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio is rebranding his quick-service sandwich shop, ink.sack—sister concept to his fine-dining establishment ink.—and opening a third location. Now called Sack Sandwiches, the sandwich brand will soon have a storefront on Los Angeles’s Sunset Strip, and the chef has...
Top QSR chains protect security with credit card systems in age of restaurant breaches.
Restaurant Software
Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas knew what mattered. He knew that Wendy’s beef had to be fresh. He knew that his own quirky advertising image had to be endearing. Above all, he knew how critical it was for consumers to view Wendy’s as one step above the rest of fast food. That’s part of what makes news...
Outside Insights
The nationwide switch to EMV chip cards is progressing at a steady clip with the Payments Security Task Force projecting that 98 percent of cards will be chip enabled by the end of 2017. Furthering the point, recent data from Square, a California-based mobile payment and business solution provider...
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Los Angeles–based chef Michael Voltaggio, who made his name winning the sixth season of “Top Chef” and through his acclaimed fine-dining restaurant ink., is rebranding his quick-service sandwich shop and preparing it for growth. ink.sack, the sister concept that originally opened five years ago as...
Industry News
When it comes to consumer purchases, sustainably harvested pollock from Alaska has had an upstream journey. For years the market name, “Alaska pollock,” led to a conflated market with fishes sourced from other countries also being lumped under the same name. Customers shopping for both personal and...
As with Chipotle, fresh does not always equate with safe in restaurants.
It’s been a busy few months for Sloan’s Ice Cream.
High quality fast casual chains attract investor money to spur restaurant growth.
If a recent spate of large-scale investments is any indication, the new crop of Fast Casual 2.0 restaurants—with their chef-driven menus and next-level ingredients—is piquing the interests of private equity firms.
Top QSR chains develop new bowl food menu items to appeal to customers.
As vessels intended for eating go, it’s tough to top the versatility and comfort quotient of the tried and true bowl.While a plate behaves more like a canvas begging for some sort of formal presentation, a bowl is all about function, familiarity, and feel.
Canada Asian food chain Wok Box had employee lose weight on its meals.
Twenty-year-old Alec Vela and 22-year-old Emily Allworth, both employees in the foodservice industry, drastically turned their lives around. Vela and Allworth each recently lost about 50 pounds due to changes in their diet and exercise habits.
San Diego chef driven fast casual operates from touch screen tablet system.
These days, it’s not uncommon to see restaurant staff take orders on an iPad or guests swiping their credit cards on a tablet reader. Mobile technology can integrate various facets of an operation.