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10 Most Common Mistakes of First-time Restaurateurs

10 Most Common Mistakes of First-Time Restaurateurs Opening a restaurant comes with complex challenges and difficult decisions. If you’re a first-time restaurateur, you can expect to make hundreds of decisions before you even open for business. With so many decisions to make, you won’t always be right. The key is to…

Behind the Bar: Beer and cheese

Beer and cheese, for holiday menu magic Michelle Tham is the head of education at Labatt Breweries of Canada and a certified cicerone. Afrim Pristine is the maître fromager of Toronto’s Cheese Boutique. Together they’ve created this tasting guide for pairing beer and cheese on your holiday menus! Align intensity.…

Raise the Bar report card is stirring up change

The restaurant business is not for the faint of heart, and if you’re a licensee, it comes with an extra shot of challenges. From outdated liquor laws to exorbitant tax rates, it often seems like Ottawa and the provinces want to slam the door on Canadian hospitality. It’s a short-sighted…

The experiential menu, services, equipment & ideas changing foodservice

The Experiential menu, services, equipment & ideas changing foodservice BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS as we approach a new year is about so much more than just replacing equipment. Experiential dining is hot, and it’s profitable. Build an experiential menu and your restaurant business by employing the latest services, equipment, ingredients and…

Ontario Bill 148 Update

Ontario Bill 148 Update In advance of the spring 2018 election, the Liberal government in Ontario has aggressively pushed Bill 148 (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017) through the Legislature. The Liberals see this as a key campaign commitment, which will raise the minimum wage in Ontario to $14/hour on January…

Liquid to lips: How brands use technology to stand out

How brands use technology to stand out amid growing competition We are living in a golden age of craft beer and spirits, and wine lists are growing ever more complex. Consumers everywhere rejoice as more and more options arrive on the beverage menu and at the local liquor store. While…

East Side Mario’s and Barilla Pasta Challenge

East Side Mario’s and Barilla Pasta Challenge Ever wonder how restaurants choose the entrees on their menus? If you’re talented enough, you can get your entrée on the menu of East Side Mario’s by winning the annual Pasta Challenge. This event was created to inspire creativity among back-of-house employees at…

More Cowbell Brewing Co!

Cowbell Brewing – a landmark destination for culinary tourism Twenty minutes from the water of Lake Huron, in Blyth, Ontario, the Sparling family has plans for a landmark destination brewery set to open in summer 2017. The Huron-Perth region is abounding with fertile soils, livestock farming, lakeshore cottage-country and tourism.…