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Cracker Barrel Refreshes Brand Communications

Since its first restaurant and country store opened 42 years ago in Lebanon, Tenn., Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has been sought out by travelers as a place for a hospitable stop with good food, honest value, and a selection of unique gifts.

30 Million Americans Expected to Eat Out This Thanksgiving

The National Restaurant Association estimates that 14 million Americans will visit a restaurant for a Thanksgiving meal this year, and an additional 16 million will use restaurant takeout to supplement a meal at their own or someone else's home.

Eat'n Park Restaurants Introduce E-Gift Cards

Just in time for the holidays, Eat'n Park Restaurants are introducing E-Gift Cards.The cards, available in any amount between $5 and $500, enable shoppers to personalize their gift with a customized message, photo, and an audio recording of up to 20 seconds.

Treatful Launches Restaurant Gifting Website

Treatful.com launches the first gifting site dedicated to experiential gifts at highly acclaimed restaurants across the United States.  This holiday season, gift givers can discover, select, and instantly send personalized online gift certificates to many of the country's best restaurants.

Food Stands Roll Into Times Square

The food truck craze has officially parked in one of the world’s most popular plazas: Times Square.“Every great public place in the world, every great plaza, tends to have some kind of food option in it,” says Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance.

Restaurant Trends for 2012

Just as the nation's economic forecast includes mixed signals, restaurants across the U.S. face a varied landscape of expected trends in 2012. Technomic, the leading foodservice research and consulting firm, sees these seven developments making news in the coming year:Consumers Seek a Twist on the Familiar: Shell-shocked consumers are in no mood to take risks, but novel flavors still tingle their taste buds.

MSU Innovates with a Culinary Business Learning Lab

Michigan State University hosted the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Culinary Business Learning Lab was on Friday, October 21st. Alumni and donors of the School of Hospitality Business were invited to a special ceremony in the space the day before.

Eliminate the Negatives

What do you do when opening a restaurant in a space where two restaurants failed before you?Look at everything the other two restaurants did wrong and ensure you don’t do it.At least that’s what Brian Piccini did before he opened Deuxave with a partner (Christopher Coombes, his executive chef) in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston in September 2010.

Food Cart Fuels Portland’s Food Culture

Portland ranks high as a foodie city showcasing the hottest gastronomic trends amidst the city’s enchanting vibe that’s caught somewhere between wholesome and edgy. Farm-to-table, nose-to-tail, farmers markets, and food trucks—it’s all here.

T.G.I. Friday’s Debuts Personalized eGift Cards

T.G.I. Friday’s brings its “In Here, It’s Always Friday” experience online by offering eGift Cards on its website. The eGift Cards can be redeemed at any domestic T.G.I. Friday’s location.

Golden Corral Makes Waves with Chocolate Wonderfall

Golden Corral is once again adding variety and enjoyment for its guests by introducing an exciting new addition to its Brass Bell Bakery: the Chocolate Wonderfall.The Chocolate Wonderfall is a multi-tiered, flowing fountain of chocolate surrounded by a variety of fresh fruit and bakery goods that can be dipped in by the guest.

ezCater Brings No Risks, High Rewards to Restaurants

Briscoe Rodgers, president of online catering site ezCater, says the marketplace of online food ordering has really heated up in the past couple of years.Last week, ezCater announced its seed round financing of $630,000.

Public/Private Enterprise Promotes Food Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, University of Maryland, their Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) opened the International Food Safety Training Laboratory, a groundbreaking public-private partnership that applies government, university, and private industry expertise and resources to the global food safety challenge.

Three Hens Concept Opens in NYC

With the ever-expanding palates of New Yorkers and a desire to have healthy, farm fresh food accessible, The Three Hens seeks to create a contemporary and sophisticated version of traditional American cuisine updated with the addition of fun and exotic flavors.