Move over Chop suey and make way for the ‘Impossible Burger’

There is a history of restaurant menu items changing the way North Americans view and consume food.  Take Chop suey for instance.  Though not as popular today, Chop suey was a game-changer when it was introduced in the early 20th century via the North American Chinese restaurant.  This dish that was comprised of egg, stir-fried meat, … Continue reading Move over Chop suey and make way for the ‘Impossible Burger’

Sustainable Restaurant Spotlight: Hopscotch

On March 6th, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Matt Sider, Vice President of Franchise Development for hopscotch restaurants. If you haven’t visited one of Hopscotch’s bright and beautiful locations in downtown Toronto or London, and are looking for a fast, and entirely guilt free lunch Hopscotch is the place to go. Their … Continue reading Sustainable Restaurant Spotlight: Hopscotch

A New Way to Talk About Food

Monica Gallant, one of our previous UGSRP blog contributors, has been working on a new project that we're excited to share here. Funded through the Arrell Food Institute and in collaboration with Rainbow Plate, they are developing an exciting Preschool Resource Toolkit to further food literacy in a novel way. Read below for more information! … Continue reading A New Way to Talk About Food

Straws aren’t the only things that suck!

Yesterday Starbucks announced they will be testing alternatives to plastic drinking straws at 54 of their locations in Britain.  This is the latest response from food-service operations to increased social media and media attention on the negative effect plastic items like straws and grocery bags have on our environment.  UGSRP has been a strong proponent … Continue reading Straws aren’t the only things that suck!

541 Eatery & Exchange

Welcome back to our second episode of the Food for Thought series. As promised, this week we will take a dive into what a local Hamilton leader is doing with a global perspective. Known and loved dearly by neighbouring citizens, this local leader is none other than the 541 Eatery and Exchange! 541 Eatery and … Continue reading 541 Eatery & Exchange

Restaurant employees who work, eat and play together; stay together

  Most of us are aware of the positive correlation between job satisfaction and organizational commitment, but I believe many restaurant managers struggle with understanding what effects job satisfaction and how to actually achieve and improve it. Front-line restaurant employees often report high levels of stress, emotional exhaustion and physiological resource depletion (Han, Bonn, & … Continue reading Restaurant employees who work, eat and play together; stay together

Feed It Forward

Welcome to our first episode of the series Food for Thought. My name is Michelina Martinez and I am a 5th year Hotel and Food Administration student. This semester, I had the great pleasure of working with Professor McAdams on an independent study to create a series of short documentaries. The three organizations I interviewed … Continue reading Feed It Forward