About the author: Tricia Contreras | SmartBlogs

Tricia Contreras Tricia Contreras 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.

At his three Fonda restaurants in New York, chef Roberto Santibanez presents a contemporary take on Mexican food that stays firmly rooted in the country’s flavors and traditions. Santibanez helps educate other culinary professionals about innovative but authentic Mexican cuisine through his consulting business, Truly Mexican, and shares his passion for Mexican cooking with chefs, students and food-lovers around the world through his three cookbooks, lectures, cooking demonstrations and his work with the Culinary Institute of America as a member of its Latin Cuisines Advisory Council.[…] Continue Reading »

Kroger moving to the second round of an auction to acquire the Fresh Market chain was the most popular story with SmartBrief food and beverage readers this week, followed by the House of Representatives vote in favor of legislation that would ease regulations requiring restaurants, grocery stores and other retail food outlets with more than 20 locations to disclose calories for each menu item.[…] Continue Reading »

Global foods and flavors are captivating American palates and chefs’ imaginations, making a strong showing on menus and grocery store shelves. Eight in 10 consumers now eat least one ethnic cuisine a month and 66% of consumers eat a wider variety of ethnic cuisines now than five years ago, according to a 2015 survey from the National Restaurant Association.[…] Continue Reading »

News about consumers’ top-ranked restaurant chains held the attention of SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers this week. Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza, Firehouse Subs and Bonefish Grill came out on top in terms of food quality, according to Technomic’s 2016 Consumers’ Choice Awards for Chain Restaurants, and Cracker Barrel won the title of most popular casual chain in a Market Force survey.[…] Continue Reading »

Vegetables continued to take over more menu categories and replace meat at some meals for a growing number of consumers this year, and the trend is predicted to grow even bigger in 2016.

Rising interest in healthy eating, the movement towards local foods and a growing acceptance of meals that don’t center around animal protein are all driving vegetables’ prominence and popularity.[…] Continue Reading »