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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Sorry...we've moved the National Restaurant Association's NRA Show Blog. Expect the same awesomeness you've come to love here – including a variety of news, announcements, interviews...and more. Looking for the new NRA Show Blog? It's available here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Did someone say after-hours? There are parties...and then there is THE party. Restaurants Rock, the official after-party of the National Restaurant Association's NRA Show 2013 and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event is where the who's who of the industry will converge for one night of food, drinks, live music and the Star of the Bar mixology competition...stay tuned for details (the winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize). TV personality Anthony Bourdain will host... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief The National Restaurant Association's Operator Innovations Awards celebrate restaurant operators transforming the industry through new and creative ways. Click to watch video Categories include: Sustainability Food Safety Health and Nutrition Menu Development Technology Anyone can nominate, including manufacturers, dealers and distributors, media and other foodservice industry professionals. Or you can nominate yourself. How 'bout that? The winners of the Operator Innovations Awards will be announced live at the luxe evening gala Destination: Celebration during NRA... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Photo: Travel Channel Anthony Bourdain – best known for his Emmy Award-winning series No Reservations and new programs The Taste (ABC) and Parts Unknown (CNN) – will take center stage at the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB) in May in Chicago. He will deliver a talk, sign his latest books, and host Restaurants Rock, the official after-party NRA Show 2013 and IWSB. As the celebrity... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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By Scott Haas, NRA Show 2013 Speaker As the only clinical psychologist with a James Beard Award for reporting on restaurants and food, I have had the great good fortune to use my skills as a doctor in understanding what works and what doesn’t in the restaurant industry. The best restaurants tell the best stories, whether it’s at a hot dog stand in Hyannis or a high end establishment in Napa, and guess what? It’s not just about the food:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Roqbot, a 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show exhibiting company, is reinventing the way music is experienced in bars, restaurants, and retail stores with its new mobile jukebox app. The startup company was named Best Music Tech Company in the 2011 South By Southwest Accelerator, and is quickly replacing the iconic jukebox and other background music services with an exciting social experience for customers across the country. The company has been working with businesses... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Today's consumers are more in-tune with leading-edge food trends than ever before in large part because of popular TV cooking shows and culinary competitions, the National Restaurant Association reported. According to the Association's 2012 Restaurant Trends Survey, nine out of 10 restaurants agreed customers are more knowledgeable and sophisticated about food and beverages than at any other time. To keep menus fresh and diners coming back for more, the vast majority of restaurants added new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Do you know a restaurant operator doing new and creative things in food safety, nutrition, menus, sustainability and technology? The National Restaurant Association is accepting nominations for its Operator Innovations Awards. Restaurateurs can apply or be nominated by someone else. The program is free and exists solely to recognize innovative operators. Winners will be announced at the marquee evening gala Destination: Celebration during NRA Show 2013, May 18 through 21, in Chicago. Apply today, or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief This quick and nutritious (it's totally tasty) fruit smoothie with Chobani Blood Orange Greek Yogurt, blueberries, mango and sliced almonds makes a perfect on-the-go breakfast or lunch. Chobani Blood Orange Smoothie Ingredients 1, 6 oz cup Chobani Blood Orange Greek Yogurt ½ c fresh or frozen blueberries ½ c diced fresh or frozen mango 2 T toasted, sliced almonds 2 ice cubes (if using fresh fruit) Preparation Purée Chobani, blueberries, mango, almonds and ice in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Acclaimed Chef Homaro Cantu holds the key to revolutionizing the future of how we eat. "ABC World News'" Diane Sawyer described the Miracle Berry flavor-changing experience as "something that will change the world of gastronomy forever." On ABC's "Good Morning America" earlier this week, Cantu explained how flavor-tripping cuisine is not the only potential he sees in the berries. In his new cookbook, “The Miracle Berry Diet Cookbook,” Cantu explains that the berries can help... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief The FABI Awards recognize and celebrate food and beverage manufacturers changing the industry through innovation. The National Restaurant Association's NRA Show is seeking true innovators in ingredients, preparation, processing or packing, and today is the last day left to apply. Pre- and post-show perks for award recipients include: Exposure to and evaluation by panel of industry experts Recognition in pre-Show attendee marketing – 500,000+ impressions Inclusion in all FABI media – 1.9 million impressions in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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Posted by Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Taco Bell will debut a 60-second commercial during the Super Bowl next month, its first since 2010. Rival McDonald's usually springs for ad time during the less expensive pregame show. View the original article: Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) Related articles Watch Out McDonald's, Taco Bell Is Coming For Ya Taco Bell testing '$1 Cravings' value menu USA TODAY Expands Ad Meter For 2013 Super Bowl Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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Posted by Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Critics have been debating the rise of the chef's tasting menu in recent months, including a column that posited the idea that the concept turns chefs into tyrants who take away all customer choice. Five chefs from across the country response to the critics' complaints. "To me, a tasting menu is an experience where a chef is really cooking for you. There should be a story behind it, a coherence to everything," said Atelier... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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Word-of-mouth recommendation, convenience and expanded use of technology are some of the best ways to grow a restaurant's customer base, new research conducted by the National Restaurant Association has found. "Understanding what influences a diner to choose one restaurant over another can give an operator a distinct competitive advantage," said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the NRA's Research & Knowledge Group. "Word of mouth has always been a restaurant's best promotional tool and that remains the case even in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Getting the grease and grime off your grill can be a real hassle for foodservice professionals and home-grillers alike. With just the touch of a button, Grillbot takes the grunt-work out of cleaning. This Roomba-like little guy does all the hard work for you. Good-bye grill scrubbing. Grillbot's features include: Push button operation Three electric motors to rotate independently of each other Replaceable wire brushes Built-in LCD alarm and timer Smart computer brain to regulate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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Congress's passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act has not only averted the so-called "fiscal cliff," but also tax increases for many individuals and small business owners, like restaurateurs, the National Restaurant Association said. The fiscal bill, which President Obama signed into law Jan. 2, included a one-year extension of the 15-year tax depreciation schedule for restaurant buildings, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the enhanced deduction for charitable food donation. The three provisions were renewed retroactive to Jan. 1,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at NRA Show Blog
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Posted by Derrek J. Hull National Restaurant Association's Director of Nutrition and Healthy Living Joy Dubost, Ph.D., R.D., provides regular commentary on the NRA News blog. In this post, she discusses tips to keep off holiday weight gain. The holiday season is here and if you’re like most Americans, restaurants will play a key role in your holiday plans and celebrations, as well as shopping and traveling experiences. The National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot in 2013 Culinary Forecast shows that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2012 at NRA Show Blog
By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Restaurant-goers hunger for technology continues unabated. And restaurant operators recognize technology can enhance customer service and appeal to consumers, but they are not fully meeting consumer demand in this area...yet. At tableservice restaurants, more than half of consumers say they would use tableside electronic payment options and 44 percent would use a tableside ordering system. Nearly one-third would use mobile payment options, four in 10 would use tablet menus (such as iPads), and 50 percent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2012 at NRA Show Blog
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Last year, New York Post critic Steve Cuozzo issued a commandment to restaurateurs reeling from brutal restaurant reviews, writing, "A restaurant should suffer its beating in silence." But whether it's Guy Fieri accusing Pete Wells of having an agenda or David Chang waging war with Jay Raynerover dessert, chefs have not been silently bearing their beatings these days — culminating most recently with José Andrés calling out Washington Post criticTom Sietsema for the critic's tepid Minibar review. Methods of biting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at NRA Show Blog
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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief The National Restaurant Association's inaugural “What’s Hot in 2013 - Alcohol” survey of nearly 200 professional bartenders – members of the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) – shows onsite barrel-aged drinks, food-liquor pairings, and culinary cocktails will be the hottest trends on restaurant drink menus. Already a strong trend on restaurant menus, local sourcing will also play a big role in mixology next year. Here are the top 10 drink menu trends for 2013: 1.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2012 at NRA Show Blog
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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief The National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) “What’s Hot in 2013” survey of more than 1,800 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – reveals that children’s nutrition and local sourcing will continue to be the hottest trends on restaurant menus. The chefs also said the best ways to address rising food costs is to change menus, adjust plate composition and explore sourcing options. Also included in the surveys were questions about other restaurant... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at NRA Show Blog
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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless's “Only Here” moment at the National Restaurant Association's annual NRA Show (held May 18-21, 2013 at Chicago's McCormick Place) helped him go from Silver LEED to Gold LEED rating. And there are hundreds more like it. Winner of Top Chef Masters, multiple James Beard Foundation awards, chef/owner of Chicago-based Frontera and Topolobampo restaurants and author of countless cookbook classics Rick Bayless said, "We came looking for green certified products and we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at NRA Show Blog
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Posted by Derrek J. Hull The National Restaurant Association’s Operator Innovations Awards celebrate restaurant operators who are transforming the industry through innovation. And our independent panel of operator experts is now accepting applications. Deadline is February 4, 2013. Commercial and non-commercial operators may self-nominate or be nominated by individuals throughout the industry – including manufacturers, dealers and distributors, media and other restaurant and foodservice industry professionals. Categories include Food Safety, Health and Nutrition, Menu Development, Sustainability and Technology. The awards'... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at NRA Show Blog
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By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the holiday season is officially in full swing. And if the thought of entertaining family and friends or braving the crowds at the mall is making you overly anxious, why not stir up a couple boozy concoctions to spice up the festivities? Holiday cheers! Read more. Related articles Thirsty Thursday: Roman Holiday Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at NRA Show Blog
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This upcoming holiday season will be a busy one for restaurants, as millions of Americans celebrate by dining out. Beer, wine and cocktails can be great additions to the holiday meal experience, so it's important for restaurant operators to train staff in responsible alcohol service. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has created a “Know Your Holiday Alcohol Service” infographic to illustrate key facts. The NRA's ServSafe social media team will hold a Twitter party featuring two alcohol service experts on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at NRA Show Blog