About the author: Tricia Smith | SmartBlogs
Tricia Smith edits food, beverage and CPG briefs and manages SmartBlog on Food & Beverage. A former intern and writer at SmartBrief, she graduated from the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park. You can follow her on Twitter @SB_Food.
By Tricia Smith on May 22nd, 2015 | 59152Comment on this postTea%2C+Mediterranean+cuisine%2C+3D+sweets+among+top+trends+at+NRA+Show+20152015-05-22+15%3A32%3A58Tricia+Smithhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D59152
More than 2,100 exhibiting companies demonstrated their goods and services to a crowd of more than 63,000 chefs, restaurant owners and other foodservice professionals at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago last week. The show floor was a great place to spot new trends. Several trends from years past — such as gluten-free and spicy flavors — are still going strong.[…] Continue Reading »
Chefs and other foodservice professionals are just beginning to scratch the surface of what they can create with 3D printers, and the possibilities are seemingly endless. The Culinary Institute of America has teamed with 3D Systems to explore how the 3D printing company’s ChefJet Pro, the first 3Dfood printer, can be used in professional kitchens.[…] Continue Reading »
By Tricia Smith on May 18th, 2015 | 59041Comment on this postConnectivity+is+key+to+serving+millennial+diners%2C+chain+chefs+say2015-05-18+10%3A00%3A58Tricia+Smithhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D59041
Restaurants of all sizes and types are trying to tap into the millennial mindset in order to appeal to the influential demographic. Connecting with these tech-savvy, food-loving consumers is key to attracting their business and earning their brand loyalty, chain restaurant chefs said during a panel discussion Sunday at the National Restaurant Association Show.
“It’s really about that connectivity and making a connection with our brand and our guests … they want to feel that connection all throughout their choice,” said Heidi Curry, senior manager of global R&D for bakery at Dunkin’ Brands.[…] Continue Reading »
By Tricia Smith on May 6th, 2015 | 58812Comment on this postNRA+Show+2015+to+serve+up+4+days+of+food+and+beverage+education2015-05-06+11%3A00%3A46Tricia+Smithhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D58812
Later this month, tens of thousands of restaurant professionals will gather in Chicago for the National Restaurant Association‘s annual show. The foodservice industry’s largest trade show consists of four days filled with education sessions, demonstrations and an expansive show floor packed with exhibitors showing off the latest restaurant trends and technology.
This year’s show kicks off at 10 a.m.[…] Continue Reading »
By Tricia Smith on May 4th, 2015 | 58745Comment on this postQ%26A%3A+Championship+BBQ+in+Chicago+celebrates+18+years+of+fighting+child+hunger2015-05-04+11%3A00%3A57Tricia+Smithhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D58745
On Sunday, May 17, professionals from the foodservice and hospitality industry will gather at Chicago’s Navy Pier for the 18th annual Championship BBQ to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the fundraiser, where they will sample tasty bites and beverages and watch chefs in action during the BBQ competition.[…] Continue Reading »