Customers

Growing Your Customer Base

8 Simple Ways to Attract and Retain Customers  Restaurants are among the most diverse businesses out there. There are franchises and chains both large and small, mom-and-pop breakfast joints, upscale casual bistros, late-night pubs, white linen fine-dining, fast food, take-away shops and everything in between. There isn’t a right way or a wrong way to get the word out about your business; in fact, there … Continue reading Growing Your Customer Base

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Beat the Heat: Growing your Summer Sales

Heat-wave summer… declining sales? August is here, but there’s still plenty of summer left! For consumers and restaurateurs alike, this is the time to maximize your outdoor activities, and what’s better than a nice drink on a patio with friends? During the summer months, restaurateurs and operators rely on their patio sales to put them above and beyond, but what about when the heat gets … Continue reading Beat the Heat: Growing your Summer Sales

Inventory

When Does Your Restaurant Need Inventory Tracking?

When Does Your Restaurant Need Inventory Tracking? When evaluating systems and software for your restaurant management needs, it can be easy to lose track of what is truly important to the day-to-day operations of your business. With various opinions across the industry on must-have POS features or software that will transform your business, it’s important to maintain clarity and focus on the POS features that … Continue reading When Does Your Restaurant Need Inventory Tracking?

Lighting

7 Lighting Tips for Your Restaurant

7 Lighting Tips for Your Restaurant Lighting can be an important way to attract customers to your restaurant and highlight your cuisine. It is also important to use it sensibly and to understand some of the basic principles of lighting so a restaurant owner can achieve the benefits without falling foul of any of the pitfalls. Diane Chiasson, FCSI, President of Chiasson Consultants Inc., a restaurant … Continue reading 7 Lighting Tips for Your Restaurant

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Ending a meal on a healthy note

Dessert is the final course in a dining experience, and the best opportunity for chefs and restaurateurs to make a memorable last impression on guests. While dining out, many Canadians are looking for menu items that are delicious and better for their health – even when it comes to dessert. “Healthy dessert” may sound contradictory, but treats can be part of a healthy, balanced diet … Continue reading Ending a meal on a healthy note

Allergies

5 ways to prevent an allergy emergency

5 ways to consider guests with food allergies Food allergies are a concern for many restaurant customers. Approximately 2.5 million Canadians report at least one food allergy.* That’s roughly one out of every 14 people. Since there is currently no cure for food allergies, these people must avoid their allergens to prevent a reaction, which in some cases can be life-threatening (known as anaphylaxis). When it … Continue reading 5 ways to prevent an allergy emergency

Ice Cream

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: The World’s Ice Cream

Do you love ice cream? While we’re in the midst of a crazy heatwave in Toronto, we know how your cravings for something cold can go off the charts! But, by this time, you may be tired of the same old scoops of ice cream. But never fear – there are options, and we’re here to introduce you to some of the other choices you … Continue reading WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: The World’s Ice Cream

SMS

5 Creative SMS & NFC Ideas to Make Your Restaurant More Interactive

5 CREATIVE SMS AND NFC IDEAS TO MAKE YOUR RESTAURANT MORE INTERACTIVE If you own a restaurant, you know how wonderfully rewarding the business can be. You also know tough it can be to consistently turn a profit. Fortunately, advances in technology like SMS marketing and near field communication (NFC) are creating exciting new ways for restaurant owners like you to reach existing and potential … Continue reading 5 Creative SMS & NFC Ideas to Make Your Restaurant More Interactive

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Sizzling in Singapore: Up Close and Personal with Chef Aaron Foster

Meet Aaron Foster, Executive Chef, The Westin Singapore Aaron Foster began his culinary career helping out in his mother’s restaurant in Port Colborne, Ontario, at the age of fourteen. At the age of thirty-five, he is making his mark as Executive Chef at the Westin Singapore, and has been a trailblazer in Toronto, Montreal, and Bangkok. Aaron is a graduate of the Culinary Management program at … Continue reading Sizzling in Singapore: Up Close and Personal with Chef Aaron Foster

Pasta Challenge

Mamma Mia! Meet the Winner of the East Side Mario and #BarillaCAN’s Pasta Challenge

Mamma Mia! What’s better than a day full of pasta? We can’t think of anything! Last month, we were treated to a special competition, where 6 skilled chefs and line cooks from East Side Mario’s faced off to see which made the best pasta dish. For the first ever #PastaChallenge, East Side Mario’s handpicked several of their best chefs and line cooks to compete for … Continue reading Mamma Mia! Meet the Winner of the East Side Mario and #BarillaCAN’s Pasta Challenge