Restaurant Canada Show 2019
Feb 24-26, 2019
I am always on the hunt for new, interesting, fun and time saving things so I always like to visit the Restaurant Canada Show to see into the future of the Restaurant world. Besides seeing innovative restaurant equipment there is also things you don't even think about if you don't run a restaurant. This show is really a one stop shop for the Restaurant Industry where you can get everything from a Pizza Oven, food packaging, technology that will make your business run more efficiently and of course food of every kind. Meat, Gelato and Pizza seemed to dominate this years show. Low fat, not so much. Full Flavour is in this year in whatever form you are looking for.
This blog post has a lot of photos and this show runs for 3 days but I walked the whole show and tried to cover as much as I could. I don't get into the restaurant equipment as much since my blog is more food based but I am going to try and give you a bit of an overview of things that stood out to me.
One of the things I love after going to the show a couple of times is hanging out with my food blogger friends and running into other fellow food bloggers. We are write about food but we all have a different view of what we are checking out at the show. My friend Shuang was obsessed with the Latte art and my friend Jenny loves to chat with the Chefs while I am looking at overall trends, new things and of course I love to find out whats new with restaurant industry friends.
This year at the show I ran into Matt Dean Pettit who owns Matty's Seafood and who was at the show for a new partnership to produce plates for restaurants. I really liked this blue plate. They all have a slightly different look because of the glazing process they use
There are also lots of chef Demos and one of the demos was how to style a Charcuterie Board by another friend of mine Food Stylist Irene Matys from the Spicy Olive. Irene's demo was very popular.
Sustainable Seafood expert Chef Ned Bell was doing a little catch up with Matt while I was trying his Seaweed infused brownies. They were really good and think of it like salted caramel. Just a hint of the salt from the seaweed but all chocolate.
The first thing I had at the show was Ice cream at 10am. You need to have a strong stomach because there are every kind of samples to try. Gelato is one of my favourite things and there was a lot of it there.
I like to pick up cool entertaining ideas because I never know when I need to pull something out of my hat for a work event.
Simple things like Egg Pops from the Egg Farmers of Ontario to Decorated Madeleine's from Petite Breton.
The show has some fun stuff too like selfie activations and ways to make your business attract the Insta crowd. Of course we had to do it.
I was also looking for interesting food and new products. I liked the box of Tic Tac Toe cookies that are geared to kids in school to be interactive. So much fun. These are from a new vendor from Quebec and they are looking to get into the schools. It's not available in Ontario as yet.
I have become an oyster fan over the past few years and there were all kinds of Oysters to sample from the east coast to the west coast
One of the products I picked up that I am looking forward to using is the sample I got of Garlic scape pesto. I am thinking a pasta dish maybe.
Some of the Innovative and new trends in how to set up your food business is the newly popular container restaurants and cool portable units like this ice cream cart. Stylish and practical.
Are you afraid of AI or do you want robots to take over monotonous tasks or from a restaurant perspective not have to worry if your employees are sick and don't show up to work. Well check out this AI robot that will take your order. More of this is on the way for sure as rents increase and so do payroll costs.
A couple of the yummy things I ate were the pairing of some cheese from Quebec with candied ginger. You think it's weird but think of Brie and Cranberry. It really works. Try that on your next cheese board. I also had some Welsh Rarebit that was demo'd at a Garland equipment station. Who doesn't love more cheese on toast?
These 3 products caught my eye as well. Pancetta spread, Marshmallow whip cream and these cookie dough products.
There was lot's of various teas and of course lot's of coffee but I didn't focus on it as much this year because I covered it more last time but look at these varieties and colors. You can plan your menu and add a tea colored to match. Fancy.
How about Sushi desserts? Fun colored chocolate shavings and shapes? Heart shaped Macarons and all kinds of Nougat. This would make your party food a lot more fun.
The Canola Girls were having a bit of fun at their booth. How many of you use Canola Oil everyday? Ever wonder where it comes from?
Don't forget about your promotional items. Aren't thse squishy things fun?
This is a Food Industry Trade Show so if you are in the Restaurant Business I would say this is a must for you to do to network and find new ways of doing things.
The Restaurant Industry is not for the faint of heart so let's all work together to make it work.