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Fastest-growing specialty cocktail flavours

This month, we look at the fastest-growing flavours in specialty drinks on Canadian adult beverage menus. The percentages below represent growth experienced in a year-over-year period. Multiple herbaceous flavours made the list of fastest-growing specialty cocktail flavours in the latest year-long period. Basil, for example, grew by 50%. Mint is…

Top restaurant soups

Supporting increased consumer interest in Asian cuisines, Technomic’s MenuMonitor finds that Asian soup is the top type of soup by a significant margin. Popular flavours in these offerings are coconut, lemon, spicy, miso and lemongrass. Second on the list, soup of the day is a popular option on Canadian menus,…

Add popular chicken entrees to your menu

Top Chicken Entrees Flavours of various ethnicities are not only proliferating on menus, but are becoming an increasingly popular choice among diners. Looking at chicken entrees specifically, we can see that Asian is the most common variety of chicken dish on Canadian menus, by a significant margin. Varieties like sweet-and-sour, ginger, tandoori and…

Innovative menu planning

Innovation Innovation: what does it mean for restaurateurs? The dictionary says: “Innovation is a new idea, more effective device or process. …The term innovation can be defined as something original and more effective and, as a consequence, new, that “breaks into” the market or society.” Do you think your innovation…

Most popular side dishes on Canadian menus

Breads, by a slight margin, are the leading side dishes on Canadian menus, according to Technomic MenuMonitor data. Looking closer, we can see that options like bread sticks, garlic bread and toast are popular. However, we are also seeing non-traditional breads like naan, roti, pita and kulcha proliferate. Also on…

Making memorable meetings for your guests

As a Global Culinary Trendologist, I watch for future food trends and help my clients apply them to restaurant menus and food products. Business meetings and events held at your restaurant create opportunities to showcase your business too. How to take this year’s hottest food trends and turn them into…

Popular Asian bowl ingredients

Chicken is the top ingredient in Asian bowl entrees, according to Technomic’s MenuMonitor database. This protein lends itself well to a variety of sauces and flavours, such as curry, soy sauce, teriyaki and sweet-and-sour. Chicken is also commonly known and enjoyed by consumers, making it a safe bet on menus. Acting…

Looking for food trends in Las Vegas

Shows, slot machines, shopping … that’s what you hear about trips to Las Vegas. But the food doesn’t take back seat to anything: on a recent visit to the city, I tasted more than a few trend-worthy bites. Here’s what I learned. * The buzz around The Impossible Burger is…

A taste of the West: Vancouver, BC

A Taste of the West Be inspired by Vancouver, by making a virtual trip to four of its most exciting restaurants! Vancouver’s hospitality is legendary. Walking into L’Abattoir in Gastown, you’ll feel this welcome right away. Whether you’re sitting upstairs or in the back under a wooden sculpture that…

Leading fish entrees on Canadian menus

Leading Fish Entrees Salmon is among the top fish entrees on Canadian menus, according to Technomic’s MenuMonitor database. Frequently billed as a healthy option, salmon easily adapts to a variety of flavours, ranging from Southern barbecue to Asian teriyaki to Indian tikka. Alternatively, fish and chips is also a popular…