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Brio Tuscan Grille

StarChefs.com 2008 Rising Stars Revue

Here’s a roundup of the participating award-winning chefs and the dishes they prepared, with links to their restaurant menus.

Financing

Robert Earl takes an interest in Bravo Brio

The founder of Planet Hollywood is now an activist investor in the casual-dining operator, The Bottom Line says.

Good old-fashioned cookies and cake will never go out of style, but these classics must now compete with trendy treats that capture the collective sweet-tooth. According to The Food Channel’s “Top 10 Dessert Trends for 2010” list, bite-size chocolate cake, beer for dessert and new flavor combinations are just some of the latest sweets to come out of the pastry kitchen.

The Easter bunny is hopping into restaurants this Sunday, bringing special brunch menus for guests who want to celebrate the holiday by dining out.

Classic French toast is adorned with butter and syrup and perhaps a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar. But this simple breakfast favorite has grown in scope in the brunch world. French toast is now being served up in new and inventive ways—all decidedly decadent.

For the strongest inkling of what will unfold for restaurants in 2014, consider some of the sleeper trends of late 2013.

Cracker Barrel plans a fast-casual entry, chains stress there’s actual cooking in their kitchens, fast-food breads rise into more exotic territory, employers detail their pay ladders and Chipotle reveals its throughput and why franchising is unfair to talent.

COO Brian O’Malley will replace Saed Mohsen in December.

More than half of the restaurant industry’s $491 billion in sales come from the Top 500 chains. And these giants grew at a modestly stronger rate, both in terms of sales and store counts, than the industry overall. Restaurant Business focused on the leading 250 performers to identify trends for our first-ever special report delivering lessons from Technomic’s annual Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. This special package includes lessons for all operators from the largest chains by segment, menu category and more.

Chains ranking highest in their competitive set deliver more than just good food. They’re winning in all aspects of the dining experience, from service to convenience.

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