Menu Strategies

Best practices for creating innovative menus and signature dishes
homemade cooking

Clean, scratch-made dishes are in high demand, but labor is in short supply for noncommercial operations. Operators share tips for creating speedier scratch-made dishes...

college students eating

These 10 attributes are the most important to college students when choosing snacks, according to Technomic’s 2017 College and University Consumer Trend Report.

snack time

Schools move toward more wholesome snacks—but not without snafus. Here's how the Smart Snacks in Schools federal guidelines that began in late 2014 have helped.

beet food

Getting more value from suppliers and distributors starts with knowing what they offer, including industry intel. 

pizza toppings

See the toppings and crust types that are peaking on this indulgent favorite.

zaxbys chicken fingers

Find out which 10 restaurant chains are winning with chicken that consumers say they can't get anywhere else. The chains are ranked from 10th to first.

smashburger fry variety

At a time when differentiation is helping brands compete, the facile approach to fries won’t cut it. Some restaurant operators are starting to think fry-forward.

bowl of breakfast fruit

Operators are changing up the menu, service and timing to refresh the morning meal.

healthy snacks

FSD added some fresh faces to the veterans on our Chefs’ Council. Noncommerical chefs dish on the productivity promoters that get them through the workday. 

bbq sauce

Regional American, ethnic versions and spicy to sweet variations are among the fastest-growing barbecue flavors. Here are the eight seeing the most rapid growth.

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