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Menu Trends for Fall 2022

It is officially fall, which means we are slowly saying goodbye to the heat and saying hello to the breeze. For restaurants, it means updating their menu to accommodate seasonal menu item trends. When people think about food during the autumn season, most think of spices, warmth, and comfort food. This blog will cover the latest restaurant food trend forecasts for this season that will help inspire your fall menu. Fermentation Chef Dana Cohen, a finalist from Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, predicted that fermented food would be a trending food item this season. Fermented foods provide many health benefits, including detoxifyingContinue reading “Menu Trends for Fall 2022”

Tips on Hiring and Retaining Young Employees

Labor markets are still recovering from recent events. Businesses, such as restaurants, are struggling to retain their younger employees. Some are even struggling to get the younger generation, such as Gen-Z, to apply. In recent studies, Gen-Z is an entirely different generation from most employers (Millennials). Gen-Z often requires different approaches. Gen-Z are those born from the years 1997-2012. According to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and the Center for Generational Kinetics (CGK), Gen-Z are more pragmatic and most often labeled as “social justice warriors.”1 They are looking for employers who genuinely care about their mental and physicalContinue reading “Tips on Hiring and Retaining Young Employees”

How Restaurants are Benefiting from Digital Training

As mentioned in our last blog, digital adoption platforms make it easier for people to personalize and provide the necessary information base on the needs of the business and job roles. In addition, digital training also helps managers tailor the training courses to fit the trainee’s learning style best. For instance, there are four learning styles according to the Vark Model, which includes visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinesthetic. Therefore, managers can offer various models to cater to each learning style during the training process. Times are changing, and the generations like Gen-Z prefer new methods of training rather thanContinue reading “How Restaurants are Benefiting from Digital Training”

Food Delivery and Takeout Trends Are Still Continuing—Here’s Why

The restaurant industry saw a significant increase in delivery and takeout during the COVID-19 lockdown. As lockdown restrictions were lifted, restaurant owners expected some customers to return in person while still following safety measures. However, most restaurants were still getting more delivery orders than ever. Because of the vast influx of delivery orders, restaurants have ramped up their takeout, delivery, and online ordering services either through their system or third-party delivery apps such as DoorDash, UberEats, GrubHub, and more. Restaurants found that ramping up their delivery services had mitigated some of their losses from in-person dining during 2020 and 2021.1Continue reading “Food Delivery and Takeout Trends Are Still Continuing—Here’s Why”

Goliath Consulting Group Welcomes Chef Christopher Gianino to Our New Nashville Office

Welcome to the team, Christopher Gianino! Goliath Consulting Group is a full-service restaurant consultancy based in Atlanta, GA, for those new to our business. We are committed to our range of client services, and welcome Christopher to the team as our Chef Consultant to help us towards our goal of allowing us to focus our efforts on existing and new clients in Nashville, TN, and Louisville, KY areas. Christopher has over 20 years of experience in the food service industry. In those years, he developed various techniques and valuable knowledge to help us significantly in areas such as streamlining operationsContinue reading “Goliath Consulting Group Welcomes Chef Christopher Gianino to Our New Nashville Office”

Restaurant Supply Chain Issues Continue into 2023

Grain and Cooking Oil Shortage Ukraine and Russia are the biggest suppliers of cooking oil. Since the war between Ukraine and Russia started, there has been intensified supply chain problems with food and other items. Both countries export around two-thirds of sunflower oil in the world.1 Since this supply chain has been disrupted, the US, UK, Indonesia, Germany, Netherlands, and India have faced significant difficulties locating sunflower and vegetable oils.2 According to the US Agriculture Department data, “thirty-five percent of the world’s production of vegetable oil is palm oil, 29 percent is soybean, 14 percent is canola, and 9 percentContinue reading “Restaurant Supply Chain Issues Continue into 2023”

How Digital Hiring Platforms Help Short-Staffed Restaurants

Some employers are finding the traditional process of hiring employees ineffective. Digital hiring platforms have made it easy to find employees and fulfill the need for more staff. The conventional way of hiring used to happen through HR and hiring managers after reviewing the stacks of resumes. Managers would look through piles of resumes and go through many interviews just to find their perfect candidate. Thanks to digital hiring platforms and social media networks, it is easier for hiring managers to discover who they need. Digital hiring platforms now give employers the option to search for potential candidates worldwide throughContinue reading “How Digital Hiring Platforms Help Short-Staffed Restaurants”

Digital Training is Essential for Restaurant Employees

Technological advances have been rapidly transforming in the past few years. As more companies transition to being fully remote or transitioning into hybrid workplaces, advances in AI, machine learning, and cybersecurity continue to transform the workplace. However, the problem with the rapid technological advances is that people haven’t been able to catch up to the most recent updates. Although even with the rapid technological advances that seem challenging to keep up with, employers need to keep themselves up to date and, most notably, their employees up to date with these changes. Therefore, adapting digital training should significantly improve many employees’Continue reading “Digital Training is Essential for Restaurant Employees”

Inflation is Changing the Ways Restaurants Operate

As everything gets more expensive, consumers are panicking, and business owners are in a predicament. To cover supply chain costs, restaurant owners need to raise their prices. However, will raising these prices cause them to lose some loyal customers who cannot afford it anymore? With any shift in costs, business owners will see the effect it has on profitability. However, since inflation is impacting all businesses throughout the nation, and some parts of the world at a much faster rate than it was it the past, business owners are rapidly adapting to these drastic economic shifts. Restaurant inflation overview AccordingContinue reading “Inflation is Changing the Ways Restaurants Operate”

The World of Hybrid Restaurants

Over the past few years, restaurants from all over the world have been incorporating different types of technology and new changes. Since COVID-19, restaurants have joined in the trend of contactless payments, contactless ordering systems, ghost kitchens, and now hybrid restaurants. What is a hybrid restaurant? A hybrid restaurant is a mixed-format restaurant and has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Hybrid restaurants provide food sections in which customers can sit down and enjoy a meal or a drink, and then they can make their way to the market section where they can buy “take-home and takeout andContinue reading “The World of Hybrid Restaurants”

Summer Food Trends of 2022

Spring is still blooming, but summer food trends are brewing. Restaurant chefs are ready to reconnect with their kitchen to create new recipes for the steaming hot weather in the next few months. However, due to supply chain issues and food shortages, chefs are doing their best to work with what they have. Thanks to social media, there are new food hacks, and you can always find a trending food item or recipe there. Here’s what we think will be popping up in restaurants this summer of 2022. Plant-based and Meat-free Foods According to a recent Lending Tree survey, itContinue reading “Summer Food Trends of 2022”

Change of Payment Methods in Restaurants

Since the pandemic, restaurants and other businesses have adapted to many changes throughout the years, and this includes payment methods. The most common ways of paying are through cash, credit card, or debit. However, this has changed in recent years. The pandemic caused many restaurant and fast-food owners to think of new ways to incorporate safety measures when coming in close contact with customers. Since then, different ways of paying have changed to contactless payments, paying through crypto, and more. Although, the trend toward cashless payment has been a growing trend due to the number of people who now haveContinue reading “Change of Payment Methods in Restaurants”

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