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Melting Pot

Emerging Brands

The Melting Pot bets experiential dining makes a strong comeback

The fondue concept says table traffic is soaring as consumers embrace the opportunity to socialize in a post-pandemic environment.

Food

Signs of spring start to emerge on menus

Menu news of the week: 3.2.20

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Wine and food pairing, at its best, is when you put them together in such a way that the guest is happy with the flavor combinations, the selection process and, in the end, the entire experience.

Brazil is a polyglot nation,” stated Jessica Harris, director of New Orleans’ Institute for the Study of Culinary Cultures at Dillard University, at the CIA’s 2009 Worlds of Flavor Conference. “Adaptiveness and creativity are its hallmarks.”

The restaurant community came out in force on Monday night, May 9th, for the James Beard Foundation’s annual awards gala honoring the industry’s best. Big name chefs Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Traci Des Jardins—with a little help from Emeril Lagasse—hosted the event at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

Digital menu boards provide virtually limitless opportunities for merchandising menu items. Additions or revisions—to accommodate nutritional postings or price changes—can be made quickly. And for multi-unit operations, centralized control of the menu is especially important.

A decade ago, Mike Frampton was paying about $35 per pickup to have a rendering company haul away the used cooking oil from his Melting Pot franchise.

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.

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