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Catering for gluten-free customers

gluten free customers

Catering for a wide range of customers is hard enough, before you consider that you are likely to encounter customers who specific dietary intolerances that mean that many of your menu items are simply ‘out-of-bounds’.

But as a caterer you shouldn’t overlook these demographics, with the catering industry missing out on a potential £100 million per year by not catering for the gluten intolerant.

A whopping 80% of Coeliac UK members who were surveyed about the their eating habits said when they eat out with people, their need for safe gluten-free options is the determining factor on where they go to eat. …continue reading Catering for gluten-free customers

National Burger Day 2016: Got beef?

national burger day 2016

This is the big one people, our favourite food day of the year is upon us again and the brainchild of Mr Hyde — London’s guide to where to eat and drink in the capital.

Now into it’s fourth year, the Mr Hyde National Burger Day is now indelibly inked into our calendars every 25th August.

2015 saw over 125,000 tweets and over 40,000 Instagram posts tagged with the hashtag #NationalBurgerDay. You need to get this in your diary. …continue reading National Burger Day 2016: Got beef?

National Knife Day 2016: Never dull

national knife day

Knives are pivotal in a commercial kitchen, and every single year on the 24th August we celebrate National Knife Day.

From chef knives to the humble butter knife, we don’t discriminate against our bladed utensil, be that serrated or flat, sharp or blunt.

We just want to say, “Have a knife day!”…

…continue reading National Knife Day 2016: Never dull

Restaurant tips: Making the most of your outside space

Making the most of your outside space

When the weather is good you’ll often see that businesses with a plethora of outside space tend to see large influxes in custom.

Customers want to be able to sit outside and make the most of the fine, sunny weather with many making this the deciding factor when choosing where to eat or drink during the summer months.

But what if your outside space is more limited? What can we do then? …continue reading Restaurant tips: Making the most of your outside space

Singapore street food vendor becomes first to win Michelin star

worlds first michelin starred street food vendor

Proof, that quality trumps price, as a Singapore-based street food chef has become the world’s first ever street food vendor to be awarded the prestigious Michelin star.

Malaysian-born Chan Hon Meng is the owner and head chef at HK Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Singapore’s largest hawker centre – an open air food court – where almost everything imaginable is available at very affordable prices.

The unassuming stall offers Michelin starred food starting as low as just £3 for two diners, but you’ll have to get in line…

…continue reading Singapore street food vendor becomes first to win Michelin star

Fussy kids react hilariously to new foods in Gourmet Society video

fussy kids funny video

Picky kids can be an absolute nightmare, but is that sometimes down to never actually giving them the opportunity to try foods? Deciding on what they will like before they’ve even had the chance to taste something for themselves.

Well the Gourmet Society has set out to see if that is the case or not with a video campaign titled ‘Food Explorers’.

The video showcases a group of Primary school aged children tasting a series of dishes, fruits and vegetables with hilarious results… …continue reading Fussy kids react hilariously to new foods in Gourmet Society video

Could drones spark a food delivery revolution?

Could drones spark a food delivery revolution.

Imagine ordering a takeaway on your phone and then minutes later a notification on your device alerts you that your food is about to arrive right at your door.

But instead of  a lovely person with a carrier bag full of delicious grub, your takeaway is dropped off by an electronically controlled drone.

Well it sounds very much like science fiction, but it’s probably closer than you think…this could be the ‘Rise of the Machines’.

…continue reading Could drones spark a food delivery revolution?

Is coconut sugar the next food trend?

Coconut_sugar

Consumers are for the most part a savvy bunch, with a growing health-conscious movement that constantly seek out the latest ‘superfoods’ and major health boosting beverages.

With growing awareness of the negative impact that sugar has on health, an ever increasing number of consumers are looking for healthier sweetener options.

This has seen a rise in natural sugar substitutes such as honey, agave nectar and even stevia. But we think it’s now time for coconut sugar to come to the fore…

…continue reading Is coconut sugar the next food trend?

Britain’s frozen food industry now worth £8 billion

britains frozen food industry

Britain’s frozen food industry is now worth a cool £8 billion, with business only set to increase in by around 1% to 2% over the next five years.

The drive for innovation and demand for convenience has seen the industry push for higher production outputs, with many consumers looking for ways to keep fresh fruit, vegetables and other produce for longer.

…continue reading Britain’s frozen food industry now worth £8 billion

Challenge 21: National Pubwatch provide video advice

Challenge 21 - National Pubwatch

National Pubwatch, the organisation responsible for helping keep our drinking environments safe, have launched a new video campaign to help remind businesses of the identification process when dealing with potentially underage customers.

This comes as a response to the criticism that some pub and hospitality traders have received despite the success of the Challenge 21 scheme.

…continue reading Challenge 21: National Pubwatch provide video advice