Restaurant and Foodservice: SmartBrief Originals
Tech tools give restaurant patrons the personal touch
Tech tools give restaurant patrons the personal touch

Restaurant reservation services such as OpenTable and Yelp Reservations help eateries boost customer loyalty.

Street food
Street food

In the US, street foods are a menu category in their own right, taking the industry by storm as operators look to add a bit of authentic “street cred” to menus with globally-inspired street foods.

Restaurants turn to robots to take orders through social channels, digital assistants
Restaurants turn to robots to take orders through social channels, digital assistants

Digital orders account for almost 2 billion restaurant visits, and some restaurants on the cutting edge are looking beyond ordering capabilities on their websites or mobile applications to offer conversational ordering.

It is no secret within the hotel industry that millennial travelers represent a crucial growth market, and this generation’s sensibilities are heavily influencing hotel food and beverage programs.

How social media, word of mouth propelled Arby's first secret menu item
How social media, word of mouth propelled Arby's first secret menu item

By offering sandwiches that aren't on the chain's regular menu, Arby's has created unexpected buzz among its guests.

Chefs put Mexico’s culinary heritage on the menu with heirloom corn
Chefs put Mexico’s culinary heritage on the menu with heirloom corn

Through his company, Masienda, Jorge Gaviria is helping US chefs honor Mexico's culinary heritage by sourcing Mexican heirloom corn that they process in-house.

foodservice labor
foodservice labor

The majority of operators are certainly worried about rising labor costs – 75% of operators said they are concerned about labor costs, and one-third of operators are very concerned.

Spirits, other ingredients from South America will add a kick to cocktail menus
Spirits, other ingredients from South America will add a kick to cocktail menus

The rise of cachaca and pisco has paved the way for more South American spirits to enter the US market, and spirits and flavor profiles from the region are expected to pop up on more cocktail menus this year.

Small restaurants need authentic photos, stories for social media success
Small restaurants need authentic photos, stories for social media success

Restaurants need an authentic face and voice to find success on social media

Street foods, cajeta, upscale Mexican concepts will drive continued growth of Latin cuisine in US
Street foods, cajeta, upscale Mexican concepts will drive continued growth of Latin cuisine in US

Latin American foods and flavors were among the top trends of 2016, and the cuisines of Mexico and Central and South America will continue to influence US chefs and food companies in the coming year, experts say.