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Patricia Cobe

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Patricia Cobe

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A hotel built for nomadic guests focuses on wellness

Chicago’s Selina targets remote workers and millennial/Gen Z travelers with its plant-forward menu items and zero-alcohol drinks.


Restaurant menus warm up with winter specials

Taste Tracker: Carrabba’s Italian spin on comfort; hearty Mexican fare at Abuelo’s and Taco John’s; Smashburger partners with Rick Bayless; and holiday-ready sweet treats.

Sourcing beef and pork from smaller local producers will alleviate some supply chain headaches. And it’s not necessarily more expensive.

Taste Tracker: TGI Fridays’ seasonal cocktails; Chopt goes to Mexico and Del Taco does tamales; Smashburger and Main Event shake things up; plants, burgers, chicken and pizza continue to trend.

The store offers a high-tech, contactless experience in what Starbucks bills as a comfortable “third place” environment. But does it deliver on both?

To meet demand, skilled bartenders are tapping a wealth of new low- and zero-proof spirits and mixers to create complex, well-balanced drinks with less or no alcohol.

Director of Menu Research and Insights Lizzy Freier reveals how the firm pinpoints the most relevant trends and why operators should pay attention to its forecast.

Those are among the top 10 trends highlighted by the annual “What’s Hot” survey, which was released Tuesday by the National Restaurant Association.

Taste Tracker: Panda Express upgrades kids’ meals; pizza deals at CiCi’s and Pasqually’s; holiday specials at Chicken Salad Chick, Peet’s, Cinnaholic, Portillo’s and Logan’s; Arby’s does vodka; and more news.

These 10 restaurant brands serve consumers’ favorite dips, drizzles, spreads and condiments.

As workers return to their offices and the holiday season gets underway, restaurants in every segment are ramping up catering programs to feed increased demand.

Taste Tracker: Thanksgiving specials at Lazy Dog, Bob Evans, La Madeleine and Baskin-Robbins; El Pollo Loco, Dutch Bros, Dunkin’ and Scooter’s jump ahead to Christmas; bowls roll out at Friendly’s and Vitality Bowls; bacon trends at Church’s and Smokey Bones gets meaty.

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