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Maggiano's Creates Edge with Lighter Menu

About a year ago, a team from Maggiano's Little Italy sat down with focus groups in Atlanta and Chicago and asked them a simple question: What do you think about when you think of healthy Italian food?"They typically laughed or said it's an oxymoron, that it's impossible," says Michael Breed, senior director of marketing for Maggiano's.

Researchers Reduce Salt Content with Lemons

Researchers have found a sodium alternative that might be worth one’s salt.Replacing salt with lemon juice or zest intensifies the sodium flavor, experts say, thus decreasing the salt necessary in a dish.

Familiar Ingredients Encourage Healthy Purchases

New Mintel research finds that more often than not, diners eat with their eyes, not their stomachs, as about 38 percent of adults agree that if a healthy menu item sounds tasty in the menu description, they are more likely to order it.

Coco's Bakery Restaurants Redesign Core Menu

Coco’s Bakery Restaurants, Inc., a family dining restaurant with more than 100 locations on the West Coast, announced the brand has completed the redesign and rollout of its new Core Menu, which has a host of fresh new ingredients and never-frozen steaks.

Boston's Debuts Healthier Menu, Mobile App for Kids

With foodservice spending leaping back to pre-recession levels combined with industry consultants’ predictions of a dramatic increase in family dining visits this year, Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar is announcing the launch of a best-in-class kids' program to enhance its kid-friendly environment in the dining room and for guests at home.

Five Steps to Safer Kitchen Floors

Restaurants are a minefield for slip and fall accidents, and most of these occur in the back of the house, or the kitchen area.According to the National Floor Safety Institute, each year more than 3 million foodservice employees are injured as a result of slip and fall accidents.

Steps to a Healthier Kids’ Menu

There are five best practices we recommend to restaurants and menu developers in creating kids’ menus, and they range from the foods offered to how they’re described.Calories: No child needs more than 600 calories in any meal, and that includes the beverage.

Maggiano's Brings Lighter Menu to Illinois Unit

Maggiano's Little Italy is bringing the authentic, Italian-American menu, generous family style portions, and distinct ambiance the brand is known for to Vernon Hills, Illinois, as well as a new lighter take on classic dishes.

AllergyEats Announces 2014 Conference

The 2014 AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference for Restaurateurs & Food Service Professionals: How to Maximize Safety and Increase Customer Engagement, Loyalty, and Revenue is an event for restaurant chefs, owners, managers, college and university dining directors, and other foodservice professionals that strive to become more knowledgeable about accommodating food-allergic and gluten intolerant guests safely, comfortably, and profitably.

Cooking Schools Directory Highlights Healthy Substitutions

CookingSchools.com, an online directory of culinary colleges, details how people can maintain a healthy lifestyle by periodically substituting certain foods for healthier options.According to the March 21 article posted on Lifehacker.

Chef Implements Kosher Kitchen at Hotel in Texas

A new chef and a new kitchen are bringing new meaning to fine dining in Richardson, Texas, as the Renaissance Dallas Richardson introduces Burak Ozcan as its new executive chef, and announces the hotel's move to add Kosher catering to its expansive list of event services.

Food News Media to Highlight Chains Making Healthy Efforts

Can chain restaurant food be healthy? Food News Media, the publisher of QSR and FSR magazines, award-winning business publications for the restaurant industry, has launched the HALO Awards, which seek to recognize and honor chain restaurants that are making meaningful contributions to a healthy, active lifestyle for consumers.

Paleo Trend Catches On

It only took about 2 million years, but the caveman’s diet is making a comeback.The paleo diet, as it’s known, emphasizes the foods humans ate in the Paleolithic era, such as fish, nuts, eggs, veggies, and grass-fed beef; eliminates grains; and limits dairy.

IHOP Inks Development Deal in Guam

DineEquity, Inc., parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, announced that International House of Pancakes LLC has signed an agreement with Pacific Pancakes, LLC to open three IHOP restaurants on in Guam by 2018.