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From raw cakes to monster shakes – food trends we’ve loved recently

Posted by Ivana Rnjak on Sep 5, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Every year we see a wave of food trends come and go. It doesn’t seem so long ago that we were all lining up to buy specialty cupcakes. Then we were juicing every meal. Soon after bacon had its heyday, giving us the unexpected rise of bacon ice cream and bacon flavored vodka.

More recently we’ve spent a bit of time indulging in everything that could be made from coconut and everything that could be infused with matcha. We ate burgers the size of our heads and sprinkled chia seeds on every snack. And businesses were quick to pick up on all these trends!

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Categories: Hospitality trends

How your restaurant can benefit from the Pokémon Go insanity

Posted by Emily Tatti on Jul 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Unless you live under a rock, you know Pokémon Go has basically taken over the world. Maybe you’re eager to learn more, so you can capitalize on it with your customers. Or maybe you’re not convinced just yet, and the players converging on your restaurant are more of an annoyance than anything.

The hype won’t last forever, but this is a cultural phenomenon that people will be talking about for years. There are plenty of restaurants already taking advantage of the game, and there’s no reason you can’t get in on the action too. 

I’m going to explain the basics, so you can understand how the game works, and why your restaurant should get involved.

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Categories: General marketing, Tips for owners, Hospitality trends

Check out how virtual reality is being used in these restaurants

Posted by Emily Tatti on May 31, 2016 10:20:07 AM

When I was a kid, virtual reality was about as sci-fi as it could get. It was Neo swallowing the red pill and going into the Matrix. It wasn’t something that actually existed in real life.

In 2016, virtual reality isn’t just a fantasy anymore. It isn't even very expensive to experience. The Oculus Rift might retail for $599, but you can also order Google Cardboard for about $25 on Amazon, and then hook it up to your smartphone like a VR headset. 

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Categories: Tips for owners, Hospitality trends

7 cool ways restaurants are going sustainable

Posted by Tanya Timmers on Mar 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In recent years, a trend to be more kind to the environment has emerged big time in the hospitality industry, and that’s pretty awesome.

Sustainable eating isn’t just for hippies and herbivores either. In fact, in a 2010 survey, more than half of consumers said they’d visit a sustainable restaurant more often than other restaurants and bars.

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Categories: Sustainability, Hospitality trends

Crowdfunding for restaurants – how it works

Posted by Emily Tatti on Jun 10, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Crowdfunding is becoming a popular alternative funding method for restaurants and cafes. Business owners are using it to raise thousands of dollars for everything from launching a new venue to funding a renovation.

But crowdfunding isn’t a guaranteed process. Most platforms won’t actually release your funds unless your campaign goal is met, which means you have to hustle, and hustle hard, to get the requisite number of donations.

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Categories: Hospitality operations, Tips for owners, Hospitality trends

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