Food Talks for Chicago Ideas Week

The fourth annual Chicago Ideas Week conference on food, held at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on October 15, was called Food: Path to Your Plate. As the name suggests, the conference focused on the story of menu ingredients. Some of the key takeaways included the importance of farmer-chef relationships; biodiversity; GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling; […]

Upscale Sausages Span the Nation, Starting with Chicago

At 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, I settled into a folding chair on a Chicago sidewalk, waiting for a hot-dog shop to open. Twenty-five people were lined up ahead of me. We devoted foodies had assembled not just for any ordinary dog but for a specialty sausage (or five) from the famed Hot Doug’s during […]

Recommended: 10 Must-Eat Chicago Restaurants for NRA Show Attendees

Heading to Chicago for the NRA Show that opens this weekend? If so, here are 10 restaurants worth checking out while you’re in our town, representing a wide gamut of noteworthy fast casual, quick service and full service innovators. And while you’re at the show, be sure and stop by Booth #1852 to meet our representatives! Having […]

Bars Serve Up Seasonal Spirit with Holiday Movie Cocktails

Combine two beloved holiday traditions—consuming adult beverages and enjoying classic Christmas movies—and what’s the result? Holiday-movie-inspired cocktails, now on offer at several bars that celebrate getting into the seasonal spirit with spirits. Below, we’ve rounded up a selection of drinks that give a nod to both traditional and modern holiday film and TV favorites. As […]

Technomic Dines Out for No Kid Hungry

September is the month when the restaurant industry encourages everyone to join Share Our Strength’s annual Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger by visiting participating restaurants. (Go here to find locations near you.) As an official sponsor of the No Kid Hungry campaign, Technomic recognizes the importance of doing our […]

Fast Casual Leaders to Examine Segment’s Future

What do Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises founder Richard Melman, Qdoba Executive Chef Ted Stoner and Cosí Inc. President and CEO Carin Stutz have in common? All will be in Chicago next week to share their insights into the dynamic and evolving fast-casual restaurant segment as panelists at the National Restaurant Association Fast Casual Trends & […]

Fast Casual Concept Positioning Drives Menu Development

At the National Restaurant Association Fast Casual Trends & Directions event, Ross Kamens, founder and principal of revolutionary flavors LLC, led a panel of menu-minded executives to discuss topics ranging from what drives their brands’ menus to operational efficiencies. Panelists were: Marley Hodgson, co-founder and CEO of Mad Greens, who describes his concept as better-for-you—not […]

Great Minds Think Differently About Fast-Casual Restaurants

The National Restaurant Association Fast Casual Trends & Directions Conference on October 3 gathered more than 100 industry leaders in Dallas to share ideas about what is seemingly a straightforward topic: the status and future of fast casual. It may have been a group seeking a common goal, but the ideas were diverse and the […]

Not Another Industry Event

Does the restaurant industry need another event? Yes, we do. Technomic has partnered with the National Restaurant Association’s Fast Casual Industry Council and DigitalCoCo on an October event about the fast-casual segment. It’s news I’m eager to share, because I think it fills a sizable need in the market. If you attend a lot of […]