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Cannabis Pairing Dinner Hosted in Aspen

Cultivating Spirits hosted a cannabis pairing dinner in cooperation with Aspen, Colorado, on Jan. 22.The dinner for 54 served and allowed consumption of cannabis, harmonizing fine wine with high-end cuisine.

Kona Grill Debuts Seasonal Menu

Kona Grill announced the launch of its newest seasonal menu, Zest.The Zest menu, Kona Grill's first seasonal menu of 2015, will feature six items including a Bison Burger and a Habanero Tuna Roll."We wanted to give our guests some interesting and unexpected items to enjoy for winter," says Zach Bredemann, corporate Executive Chef for Kona Grill.

Midday Menus

Sam Hellman-Mass, chef/partner at Odd Duck in Austin, Texas, couldn’t shake off the realization that his staff turned people away when the restaurant closed between the hours of 2:30 and 5 p.m.“People just wanted a bite to eat and not a full meal.

Bonefish Grill Rebrands, Launches Bar Bites Menu

Bonefish Grill calls for reinvention with the launch of "Incredible Served Daily," a new tagline and marketing campaign focused on the company's mission.The new advertising campaign, created by Pitch, begins includes digital, audio, print, and social media.

Milwaukee Icon Brown Bottle Reopens

With the grand re-opening of Milwaukee's historic Brown Bottle, a new chapter begins in the restaurant’s 76-year history. First opened in 1938 as a meeting place for visitors at the end of brewery tours, guests today get a hefty dose of restaurant’s rich past, accentuated by modern upgrades and finishing touches, as they enjoy classic comfort foods and old world pub fare with a contemporary flair.

TGI Fridays Launches Value Dine and Drink Menu

With an eye on helping consumers recover from the most indulgent and expensive time of year, TGI Fridays is offering a meal and handcrafted cocktail or drink for $10.As part of its Dine & Drink January promotion, guests can choose from a selection of health-conscious entrees or indulgent favorites, paired with a drink for a special price.

A Guide to Seasonal Beverages

Tips to create a beverage menu that goes beyond the traditional spices and flavors to upend competitors.Classic cocktails, soft drinks, iced tea—some beverage options may be hits all year round, no matter what the weather, season, or holiday.

The Healthy Trends That Are Dominating Menus

One of the most prominent industry buzzwords over the last decade, healthy appears in various forms on today's menus, as consumers reach beyond the basic term to also consider low-fat, natural, and organic dishes on menus.

Sweet Memories Define Dessert Trends

Classic is back. When it comes to desserts, chefs are hearkening back to childhood memories, updating desserts of bygone days with modern twists. Forget extravagant, edgy desserts. Now that the spotlight is on nostalgia, from devil’s food cake to retro snoballs, the trend to traditional favorites has hit pastry kitchens nationwide.

Rock Bottom Serves up Mason Jar Desserts

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery has introduced a set of desserts prepared and presented in old-fashioned Mason jars. These offerings are loaded with flavors and are guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.

California Pizza Kitchen Reinvents Menu and Design

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is scrapping the expected in Florida locations in favor of an all new, relaxed atmosphere.A newly reimagined menu debuted at the Wellington restaurant, located at The Mall at Wellington Green.

Game On for Wellness

When Carolina Ale House assembled its philanthropic mission years ago, the goal of promoting active, healthy lifestyles was near the top of its list.“As we see it, health is wealth,” says Mindy Stroupe, corporate communications manager for the 25-unit Carolina Ale House enterprise.

Macaroni Grill Offers Quick Options for Busy Schedules

Romano's Macaroni Grill is adding a little fast casual flair with its new lunchtime Kitchen Counter ordering options.The Italian restaurant chain recently announced the addition of $7 menu items, which are available at more than 130 Macaroni Grill locations nationwide.

Quaker Steak & Lube Launches New Menu

Quaker Steak & Lube announced that participating locations nationwide launched a new menu for winter. Closing out its 40th anniversary celebration, the company is wrapping up the year by introducing a new category of bold-flavored food, making Top Gear Tenders a menu staple while continuing to offer fresh sandwiches and other healthy options.