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The Check Out: Weekly News Bites for Restaurants October 7th

Every Friday Uncorkd compiles the top restaurant and beverage industries news that had us talking. Here are the must-read stories from October 1st – October 7th

Dining & Restaurant News

The small plate trend has been building for a few years, and now more new restaurants are pledging themselves to the small plate zeitgeist. There is a division of opinion on small plate dining that, like properly placed forks and knives, occupy space on either side of the plate. But despite conflicting views, there is one problem that both sides must agree on: some restaurants are flat out doing small plates wrong. See for yourself, here are the most common problems with small plate dining, and tips to fix them.

Every journey begins with a single step. And a server’s career begins with several missteps. Most aren’t a big deal and can be laughed away, or used as fodder for hazing newbies and rookies on staff. But there are a handful of bad habits that even veteran servers fall into and can hurt restaurants. It’s up to management to identify and coach these bad habits out of servers through proper training. Here are 5 mistakes that all severs have made.

Looking for trendy food news? Google has you covered. The data giant went through the numbers and pulled consumer interest trends related to food. And the results are that people want results from their food. What does that mean? Well, consumers are seeking out “functional” foods and ingredients that have specific health benefits like turmeric, kefir, and coconut milk. People don’t just want flavor, they want function, too. Yes, form now follows function in food.

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Spirits and Cocktails

Who doesn’t love a dessert that you can drink? Especially when the sweet is supplemented with alcohol. Spiked milkshakes, boozy Paletas (Mexican popsicles) and more. The trend is growing for restaurants, and it’s resulting an increase in after dinner sales. It might be time for your bartender to get acquainted with your pastry and create a magical dessert that is boosted by liquor.

High West Distillery in Park City, Utah was recently bought by Constellation Brands. After High West experienced double-digit growth for the past three years, the high-end whiskey producer looks to continue that growth under the Constellation umbrella. Be on the look-out for new developments from High West.

Wine News

The world of wine continues to spin and each revolution ushers in a new era of wine making. Winemakers are changing their approach to making white wine. New techniques and philosophies are resulting different styles being cultivated in traditional wine regions like Burgundy. See how white wine is changing and what to look for when building your wine list.



Kyle Thacker