Food

Independents

Internationally Sourced Food and Harsh FDA Rules Collide at New York’s Masa

2 months ago

Restaurants that source ingredients from other countries, including the priciest sushi in Manhattan, must straddle the line between authentic ingredients and compliance with U.S. safety standards.

Food

Vineyards Just Had Their Worst Year in Over Half a Century, and Wine Drinkers Will Likely Feel the Crush

2 months ago

New World vineyards in South African and Australia are likely to pick up the slack, and so will other non-traditional growing regions in the year ahead as global climate change alters the landscape.

Chains

Queso Concerns at Chipotle Weigh on Investors Before Quarterly Earnings

2 months ago

Nobody is talking about Chipotle's very bad year of health concerns. Instead, they're worried that its Queso dip isn't artificial enough. In the long term, this could prove to be a win for the brand.

Operations

Meal-Kit Startup HelloFresh Hopes for IPO Success That Eluded Blue Apron

2 months ago

Meal kits are a threat to restauarants for as long as they’re allowed to operate at a loss while giving potential diners a reason to stay home.

Independents

Mission Chinese Brings the Farm Even Closer to the Table

2 months ago

Mission Chinese would be a fringe case of success for a project like this, but it has a halo effect that could lead larger operations to experiment.

Chains

Bareburger Announces a New Vegan Concept Coming Next Year

2 months ago

Bareburger found success serving the plant-based Impossible Burger in half of its locations, but to sustain a standalone vegan concept, the menu has to go much deeper than a basic burger.

Chains

Ignore the Queso Haters Chipotle CMO Tells Employees

3 months ago

How much better are things at Chipotle this month that the discussion has turned away from e-coli and towards whether or not their new cheese dip is artificial enough to appeal to diners' tastes.

Chains

Panera CEO’s Challenge to Fast Food Rivals: Eat Your Own Food

3 months ago

Nothing like a little trash talk in the name of healthier children. On a personal note we'd also like to see Panera drop artificial sweeteners from its salad dressings. We're already eating salad, a bit of real sugar isn't a big sin.

Operations

Dubai’s Restaurants Are Learning to Love American Craft Beer

3 months ago

If Dubai is trying to tell a story about its restaurants and bars being world class, it certainly needs more than beer that appeals to the mass market.

Operations

California’s Ban on Foie Gras Is Back Following Federal Court Ruling

3 months ago

When PETA celebrates a ruling on food it's rarely good news for anyone who likes, well, food.

Chains

How Food Psychology Affects Restaurants Large and Small

4 months ago

Restaurant menus aren't random, they're carefully crafted and chosen with more in mind than taste alone — especially when it comes to chains.

Strategy

Do Calorie Counts on Menus Increase Healthy Eating? Experts Aren’t Sure

4 months ago

A scientific study based on the ordering habits of Chefs+Tech staff says that, yes, this works. Guilt can be a powerful health incentive.