Savoury Pies Offer Comfort in Cold Months

Pi Day comes but once a year, and this year’s came with a once-in-a-century nuance: the first five digits of the mathematical constant were included when adding the year, 3/14/15. On Pi Day, much of Canada’s temperatures were still hovering around freezing, so it’s appropriate for Canadians to call on the classic comfort food savoury […]

Toasties: Ten Fresh Takes on a Comfort-Food Classic

Sometimes, simple is best. The simple formula of a toasted sandwich with melted cheese is never more popular than in winter, when warm, nostalgic, uncomplicated fare helps take the edge off any chill in weather or mood. Restaurant magazine recently named the humble toastie among its top menu trends for 2014, noting that operators in London […]

Comfort Foods, Veggies Eke Out Menu Gains in Canada

The number of menu items at Canadian restaurants in Technomic’s MenuMonitor database slid from Q4 2012 to Q4 2013. But against a backdrop of overall menu contraction, some items saw gains on Canadian menus in 2013. Winners included classic comfort foods as well as vegetable-based dishes and items positioned as more-healthful choices. Technomic’s latest Canadian […]

Canadian Restaurants Beef Up Menus for Winter

‘Tis the season for hearty comfort food, and high prices or no, there’s a certain expectation for indulgence-worthy beef dishes to be highlighted on menus. Canadian restaurant operators are embracing that demand, rolling out meat-focused menus as well as seasonal specialties that spotlight global flavours and bold sauces. Applebee’s Canada, for example, recently introduced a […]

Meatballs Spice Up Canadian Menus

As a new school year gets into gear and temperatures outside slowly start to drop, consumer cravings for heartier comfort foods begin to ramp up. And few items suggest classic comfort fare more so than meatballs do, as Canadian restaurant operators are realizing. The incidence of meatballs on Canadian chain restaurant menus in Technomic’s MenuMonitor […]