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Meet a new catering powerhouse named Cracker Barrel

The family-dining chain has set a goal of hitting the $100 million sales mark for big to-go orders this summer. As executives attest, so far, so very, very good.


As March Madness begins, restaurants make a mad dash to snag fans

Menu specials and deals are in the works to boost sales both on- and off-premise during the NCAA tournament.

The family-dining chain is also building its catering business through more aggressive sales efforts, with plans to hit the $100 million mark by July.

Its new Cloud Cafe service, which allows employees to order meals from an app, was built for hybrid workplaces.

Sales are ahead of 2019, according to ezCater, and a greater number of restaurants have joined its ordering platform.

Technomic's Take: Preparing holiday meals is a lot of work, as our parents experienced. It's why so many Americans now go to restaurants for part of their meal options.

Technomic's Take: Consumers are increasingly turning to foodservice for a stress-free Thanksgiving.

As workers returned to offices this fall, restaurants saw double-digit increases in catering sales. Bookings through ezCater are up 91% this year.

The casual-dining company is adding catering at Bonefish Grill as it works to capture more group orders.

With employees going back to the workplace and social gatherings on the rise, operators are renewing their focus on catering.

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