Mush Boom

mushroom varieties

Operators embrace mushrooms’ availability year ’round In 1975, I was a young dishwasher at a Swenson’s ice cream restaurant in Chicago. One day, Kevin, our abusive 20 year-old “head cook,” called me to the grill to see something cool. I complied, hoping he would hook me up with free food. “Check this out, dish dork,”More »

Drawing families with innovative children’s menus

"Fresh Kids Special" display window sign

Where Kids Count Microwaved pizza, mac and cheese and chicken fingers are often standard pizzeria children’s menu fare. But to keep kids –– and their families –– coming back, many pizzerias are also offering creative, healthy and allergy-conscious menus. Fresh Brothers, a Los Angeles-based multi-unit operation, designed a four-item kids’ menu featuring their top-selling FreshMore »