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Menu Feed

“Menu Feed” is a biweekly podcast brought to you by Restaurant Business and FoodService Director. Each episode will focus on the business-building trends that are shaping today’s menus in restaurants and other dining destinations, hosted by Senior Editor Patricia Cobe. Operators, chefs and industry experts will share their insights on the flavors, ingredients, cuisines and consumer demands that are driving menu innovation and development. Listeners will also get dibs on the latest research and analysis from data partner Technomic.

Food

How Modernist Cuisine’s Francisco Migoya is changing the pizza world

Book set Modernist Pizza, which Migoya coauthored, takes a deep dive into pizza making, revealing the secrets behind every style and technique.

Emerging Brands

How Playa Bowls turned a blender and a dream into a growing fast-casual concept

Rob Giuliani and his partner, Abby Taylor, started with a stand on the Jersey shore selling smoothies and acai bowls and grew it into a 126-unit chain.

Tracking trends for Nextbite, a virtual brand developer, Moskow provides insights into where restaurant menus and the overall industry are headed.

Owner-Partner Payal Sharma differentiates the restaurant’s menu, presentation, decor and other elements for a hip vibe, with an eye on expansion.

Cofounders and sisters Jennifer and Michele Kaminski dish up a serving of culture alongside Korean comfort food through their virtual concept.

Chef Peter Farrand created a “protein candy store” to give guests more flavor variety and value.

General Manager Barbara Ferguson is taking the dining program to the next level with clever ideas and teamwork.

Matthew Harding, the chain’s senior VP and culinary director, brings a fine-dining mindset to the fast-casual space.

CEO Spencer Rubin continues to focus on big, bold flavors and craveable formats as the concept grows.

Founder and CEO Chris Simms strives to give guests a unique experience through the menu mix, ambience and hospitality.

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