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REAL, which stands for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership, uses a flexible points-based system similar to LEED to recognize restaurants that serve healthy, sustainable food.
Gluten-free has proven to be no passing trend; operators can either watch it continue to grow or join in and truly offer something for everyone.
Pizza Hut will continue to grow its lower-investment/higher-returns Delco Lite footprint, which is significantly smaller than its traditional restaurant.
Conservative estimates see gluten-free at $8 billion in consumer food purchases alone in 2013.
Gas prices are on a slight upswing.
There are now several mobile apps restaurants can use to communicate their allergy-friendly menus to consumers.
A new generation of restaurateurs is taking family recipes and running with them, shaping one of the hottest trends in casual/fast-casual dining — the 100 percent scratch-made menu, for here or to go. (I wrote about what specifically defines "made...
Joe Elliot, Chuck E. Cheese's vice president of Research and Development, talks about the company's contamination-free process as it launches its gluten-free pizza and cupcakes nationwide.
Gluten-free diets have moved into the mainstream, but without standards, it's hard to know whether current labels are fact or hype.
Online services that offer guidance to diners with food allergies, gluten intolerance, or just watching what they eat are now available anywhere.
Until there is more education about food sensitivities, the onus remains on the consumer to make sure their meal is safe.
Companies that offer restaurant liability insurance have begun expanding policies to cover claims related to gluten reactions as well as food poisoning and allergic reactions.
Gluten free can be one of the best places for restaurants to shine, or just the opposite.
NRA's William Weichelt will speak about food safety at Fast Casual Executive Summit; free training materials are available at the organization's FoodSafetyMonth.com.
Gatti's restaurants in Austin answered more than 28,000 phone calls, and gave away more than $50,000 worth of gluten-free pizza to customers in one day.
Some chains, while they don't necessarily offer allergen-free dining experiences, do let you know what's in their dishes in a clear, concise manner so diners can make informed choices.
Food allergies and special dining needs are rising, so it's important for restaurants to learn how to cater to this growing demographic.
Research by the Food Chain Workers' Alliance paints a dismal picture of working wages and conditions throughout the industry's five core segments – farmers, processing facility employees, distribution, grocery store employees and restaurant/foodservice.
Green and Amber Designations were announced in late April to signify level of gluten-free presence.
By Betsy Craig Even little kids know that green means go and red means stop. Drivers in a hurry know that the yellow light can be open to interpretation. In a rush to extend its message within the restaurant industry,...