Fast Casual Posts Traffic Gains in Third Quarter


Total consumer traffic  to U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets was flat in the quarter ending September 2014, but the quick service restaurant categories of fast casual, coffee/donut/bagel, and Mexican posted visit gains, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.  Fast casual restaurants posted an 8 percent gain in traffic across all … [Read more...]

Fast Casual On the Rise


While many restaurants offer either full service or casual dining, the increasingly popular concept of “fast-fine” is slowly but surely bridging the gap. It’s close to fine dining in a casual atmosphere – and it’s a hit amongst restaurateurs and foodies. Many businesses are now expanding their options to offer both full-service dining and premium … [Read more...]

Chef Eddie Garcia

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Inside of the Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel is a hidden gem called The Silver Trumpet. Having just completed a beautiful remodel, the large restaurant complete with sleek bar and lounge, is sexy, sophisticated and is on par with any top free standing restaurant in Orange County. At the helm is Executive Chef Eddie Garcia and as he is new to the position, … [Read more...]

Hot Off the Press!


The Nov/Dec 2014 issue is here! The Holidays are upon us and here at Great Taste, we’re celebrating by bringing you all the news you crave, along with a few traditions of our own! Sneak a peak at this issue’s cheese and produce picks and check out The Spice Rack to get Chef Gabriel Caliendo’s two cents about chai. In terms of our favorite dishes this … [Read more...]

New Frites Grill Menu at Mimi’s Cafe


There’s nothing quite like biting into a golden, crispy French fry. The crunchy exterior, the soft, fluffy interior… when done right, it is heaven. Which is why Mimi’s Cafe is proud to announce the launch of their new Frites Grill menu featuring authentic, rustic-cut French frites and classic bistro combinations such as Steak Frites, Roasted Half Chicken … [Read more...]

Oktoberfest! The Science of Beer and Wine Making


Cheers! It’s Oktoberfest! Let’s drink up some knowledge! October 12, 1810 was the royal event of the year, when all citizens of Munich, Germany attended the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig (later to become King Ludwig I) and his bride, Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, on the fields in front of the city gates. The fields were named … [Read more...]