FCES15: Stay on trend with the latest food trends


Tastes and trends in food change and evolve rapidly. What may have been an innovative concept last year may be exactly the wrong one now.


34 ways to fail with a poorly written franchise agreement

Franchise agreements must be prepared, negotiated and reviewed by a specialist from where the restaurant will operate.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill to expand outside home state

Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill is expanding outside of its home state for the first time since the chain's launch in 2007. Through an agreement with Texas-based franchisee Blue Jean Food Group (BJFG), up to 15 new units will open throughout...

Daphne's California Greek launches national franchise plan

The new franchise program is expected to double Daphne's unit count over a three-year period.

African cuisine gains consumer appeal

How Safari and Safari Express provide key insights into the lives of their owners and the flavors found in East African cuisine.

Genghis Grill’s HealthKwest gives chain energy boost

How Genghis Grill's HealthKwest campaign yielded social media growth.

Daphne's California Greek unveils new brand identity

The former Daphne's Greek Cafe has changed its logo, name and corporate culture since August 2010.

Pollo Campero showcases health at Disney restaurant

Pollo Campero teamed up with its Orlando franchisee Larry Levy to develop and launch Fresh-A-Peel, which features healthier menu items.

Genghis Grill launches interactive television channel

Last week at Genghis Grill's franchise conference, the group unveiled its latest customer-engagement tool: Genghis Grill TV. The channel was created by Paul Barron, the concept's chief digital brand officer and founder of Digital Coco, a brand development firm specializing...

Slideshow: Fast Casual Executive Summit Food Tour

The Fast Casual Executive Summit kicked off Oct. 10 with the second annual Fast Casual Food Tour. Nearly 100 summit attendees spent time at brands such as Cosi, 5 Guys Burgers & Fries, Portillo's Hot Dogs, Qdoba and Penn Station.

Mediterranean diet spurs concept growth

How two concepts are providing healthful Mediterranean cuisine to Detroit and Denver diners.

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Canada's It's All GRK to expand with franchise locations

The Greek fast casual restaurant has partnered with Fransmart to continue growth and expand the brand worldwide.

Pei Wei goes to college

A new Pei Wei location will soon be opened at Arizona State University.

UAE falafel chain expanding to North America and Europe

Just Falafel, a 52-unit chain based in the United Arab Emirates, opened its first North American restaurants in June, and hopes to open 900 more throughout Europe and North America in the years to come, according to an AP story...

Halal Guys hoping to become 'the Chipotle of Middle Eastern food'

The next big thing in fast casual dining might just be Middle Eastern street fare. Fransmart, the restaurant franchise consulting firm that powered Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Qdoba to national prominence, is betting on it. Fransmart hopes to...

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill donates nonperishables to Colo. fire relief efforts

Through the help and generosity of its guests, Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill has donated more than 500 pounds of nonperishable food items to Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado and the Fort Collins Foothills Mall Fire Relief Center...

I Dream of Falafel cooking series to address healthy back to school eating

I Dream of Falafel is gearing up to go “back to school” with the next session of its cooking class series. On Aug.

Top 100: Wow Bao No. 24

Wow Bao Chicago / No. of units: 4* “Why the asterisk?” you ask.

Top 100: Noodles and Company No. 22

Noodles and Company Broomfield, Co. / No.

I Dream of Falafel to host series of cooking classes

I Dream of Falafel has announced the launch of a cooking class with executive chef Henry Nuguid that will focus on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine. The class is being held at the restaurant's Clinton, Ill., location and is $15...

Genghis Grill highlights blueberry-based beverages

Genghis Grill has announced its summer drink promotion featuring three blueberry-inspired drinks that are offered now until Mid-August. Making their official debut last week in stores, the drinks featured are Bluetazzle Tea, Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade and Berrymint Blast.

Zoës Kitchen intros new menu items

The launch of Steak Kabobs and Orzo Tabouli Salad marks the first major menu additions for Zoës Kitchen in four years.

I Dream of Falafel offers “Genie in a Basket”

Beginning in July, I Dream of Falafel will offer guests its new “Genie in a Basket,” individual picnic baskets that customers can take to the park, to the pool or anywhere else they may chose to dine. Each basket is...

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill expands menu

Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill has announced the addition of kabobs and Hibiscus Mango Iced Tea Fusion to its menu selection. Kabobs can be ordered as a platter entrée or as an added skewer to any entrée. Each Kabob Platter consists...

I Dream of Falafel launches franchise program

I Dream of Falafel has announced that it has been approved to franchise in Illinois and Wisconsin. The founders launched the franchise process in July 2011. The concept was founded in 2009 by brothers Imran and Munaf Kasbati and their partners Shoaib Aziz and Henry Nuguid.

Daphne's California Greek launches music program

After a successful soft launch beginning in late 2011, Daphne’s California Greek has officially unveiled a multi-platform, new music initiative to discover and foster new music talent through digital and social media channels. Daphne’s turned to Hollywood, Calif.-based DeepMix to...

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