Menu Strategies

Best practices for creating innovative menus and signature dishes
coffee cup beans

Operations are bringing the charred foods trend to coffee.

cicis salad bar

While customization is an expectation for many of today’s diners, younger customers seem to prefer self-serve bars over made-to-order items.

salad chicken
Vegetables and grains have stepped into the spotlight, thanks to the “flipping the plate” trend, but protein is still an important part of a balanced diet.
orange chicken

With new global influences, fried chicken has been sporting some fresh spins.

health food medicine stethoscope

These alternatives for vegans, vegetarians and health-conscious consumers are heating up. 

vegetable scraps kitchen waste trash

Operators are giving food scraps and rejects a second life on menus.

vegetables basket

How diners are driving demand for veggies on menus.

valentines day heart coffee

After tantalizing diners with the warm comforts of FoodService Director’s Netflix and Chili pairings this fall, it’s time for a sweeter offering for a great Valentine’s...

breakfast egg tomato

Operators are crafting menus and service styles that take the boring out of breakfast.

fresh fruits world map

Local favorites like half-smokes and finger steaks may not be well known outside of their home markets, but that could change.

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