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How sustainability will play a part in the Restaurant of the Future

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Sustainability is the theme for RC Show 2019, but you could say, it’s also the theme for the future of the foodservice industry. As we move forward with new technologies, we can leverage these innovative ideas to produce a more sustainable future.

Set to debut at RC Show 2019, our Restaurant of the Future is an immersive, first-of-its-kind concept for Canada’s largest foodservice and hospitality trade event. The interactive space highlights how we can use technology that we have today and inspiration for tomorrow for a healthier future for all:  

Realize how spaces can be transformed into destinations

Ensuring that your brand carries over into your physical space can help create a cohesive and impactful customer experience. Transforming your brand into a brick-and-mortar reality can be achieved by ensuring its look, feel and personality is impeccably reflected in your built environment. The return on investment will soon follow.

How Sustainability Will Play a Part in the Restaurant of the Future
Sneak peek of the Restaurant of the Future

This is the message that Navigate and BUILD IT By Design want to deliver. The award-winning studio and full service general contracting company are responsible for the layout and construction of the Restaurant of the Future. They believe that by teaming up with the right collaborators and thoughtfully adding value through design, your business can effectively sustain itself. Using their own partnership with the RC Show as an example, they will teach you how to make that happen beyond the traditional methods of building a restaurant.

Discover sustainability from a design perspective

How Sustainability Will Play a Part in the Restaurants of the Future
Minimalist design and eco-friendly materials used for restaurant interiors

Green design has gained incredible momentum in the foodservice industry. Millennials and Gen Z want to feel confident they’re supporting eco-conscious establishments. In recognition of this shift, the lighting fixtures and quartz countertops in the Restaurant of the Future have been provided by ANONY and Caesarstone, respectively, For their part, ANONY uses minimalism and environmentalism as inspiration, while stressing the importance of usability. Merging LED technology and reducing their manufacturing process, the interdisciplinary design studio has fashioned fixtures for us that can be fully disassembled, recycled or reused for future projects.

Likewise, Caesarstone aims to turn out durable, low-maintenance surfaces that support healthier environments and better use of material resources. By working with the leading sustainability organizations in the green building sector, the quartz they’ve supplied the bar and café areas of the Restaurant of the Future meet stringent product emissions standards. 

Learn why refurbished furniture is great for the planet

How Sustainability Will Play a Part in the Restaurants of the Future
Opt for refurbished furniture for restaurant interiors

When restaurants plan they often fail to address their furniture. Furniture that isn’t built to North American commercial standards will rapidly degrade, which can contribute to a poor dining experience for guests and costly repairs. Worse yet, you can purchase furniture made of the most responsibly sourced materials, but if it falls apart in quick order and winds up in a landfill, it’s not sustainable.

Refurbishment is one way to ensure your furniture actually earns that critical designation. One of the most reputable names in the foodservice industry, Contract Supply have assembled our Restaurant of the Future’s chairs and tables using the technique. They’ve taken existing materials apart, re-glued, re-screwed, sanded, stained and re-upholstered them. It gives wood and metal a second life. It’s also meant to generate a finished product that is sustainable and functional. Less trees cut down, more forests, more nature — everybody wins!

Add environmentally-friendly items & approaches to your menu

How Sustainability Will Play a Part in the Restaurants of the Future
Chef Charlotte Langley will be working with chefs to demonstrate sustainable and ethical cooking practices

From plant-based protein to marine greens, gut-flora friendly ingredients and root-to-stem cooking, sustainability and transparency are all the rage in 2019. Not only will the Restaurant of the Future promote the social, environmental and economic advantages of embracing these trends, but an impressive lineup of culinary wunderkinds will be putting them (and plenty others) on the plate. Hand-picked by Restaurants Canada’s culinary curator, chef Charlotte Langley, the roster features Matthew Ravenscroft, La-toya Fagon, Philman George, Matt Dean Pettit, and Trevor Lui. These are the fearless independents at the front line; the talent visibly championing ethical and traceable practices, leading the ideologies behind what’s coming up in the market and doing it all with integrity.

Sample sustainability behind the bar

How Sustainability Will Play a Part in the Restaurants of the Future
Trash Tiki creates sustainable cocktails from waste

Sustainable cocktails are crafted to exist in better balance with nature. They often reuse, recycle or upcycle ingredients that would otherwise be discarded as trash, symbolizing the next wave of mixed drinks. These mixed drinks can save you time, money, energy and valuable resources. Trash Tiki is one of the leaders in the movement. Co-founders Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffith will bring the pop-up platform’s progressive brand of waste-based libations to the Restaurant of the Future. Come for unconventional cocktails flavoured with leftover citrus juices, citrus rinds and the seeds and skins of fruits. Stay to acquire an elevated awareness of the impact your mixology can have on the environment.

Evaluate what energy-efficient equipment can bring to your business

Upgrading to new, modern, high-efficiency equipment can reap significant performance and energy-saving benefits. Tour the Restaurant of the Future’s operational, sustainable open kitchen to find out for yourself. It will be equipped with the finest in energy-efficient hardware. The selection is curated by sustainability expert André Larivière, who recently published The Next Course: Reinventing the Modern Urban Restaurant.

You can examine ENERGY STAR certified appliances that wield the most efficient methods in transferring energy to food, be it electric or induction-based, like the commercial induction cooktops from Garland Canada. You can test gear that’s versatile, adaptable and easier to move around, including multi-function, high-speed ovens from Merrychef and Alto-Shaam, or reliable, smart refrigeration from True and Delfield. You can view a fully automated indoor herb and vegetable garden, from Urban Cultivator.

Bring your customer experience to life

How Sustainability Will Play a Part in the Restaurants of the Future
Demo of hologram signage

It’s very important to attract a customer’s attention. Digital displays can inform and persuade them. They can provide you the chance to experiment with different menu sizing and content, only without the need to reprint anything. They can also bolster your on-site digital marketing strategy. As such, installations from the leading supplier of commercial digital signage solutions, Stingray Business, will be implemented throughout the Restaurant of the Future. Think ultra-thin bezel video walls — a must-have for engaging shoppers as they walk into your establishment. Think interactive kiosks — a prime choice for interactive maps, booking systems and click-and-display descriptions of your products. Think bright and weather-proof LED arrangements — ideal for storefront windows and billboards.

Speak with cutting-edge service providers

Pushing the limits of technology has been at the vanguard of restaurant growth for ages. In particular, end-to-end solutions are smart and efficient ways of setting up a business. Consider SilverWare POS, a leading developer of them within our industry. Relentlessly delivering the most innovative and beneficial technologies available, the company is dedicated to improving your profitability. They will premiere a game-changing, all-in-one handheld device in the Restaurant of the Future; a device that no one else can offer. It’s called the Silverware Clover. With full POS functionality and payment processing, the Clover is the only point-of-sale solution that lets you manage the entire guest experience and collect payments from one mobile device.

Pursue a proven path to delivery domination

How Sustainability Will Play a Part in the Restaurants of the Future
Uber Eats will be on-hand to discuss the future of delivery

As it pertains to food delivery, big data analytics can help your app improve its level of operational efficiency and survive, drones can potentially rid you of escalating urban mobility issues and virtual kitchens can afford you a podium to test and sell food concepts without a major capital outlay. Having revolutionized food delivery itself by offering hundreds of thousands of Canadians an opportunity to connect with local foodservice outlets, Uber Eats will be at the Restaurant of the Future to discuss their forthcoming plans in the category. The trail they’ve blazed is one you’re encouraged to follow.

Build business solutions for a new reality

When we inevitably move from mobile phone devices to wearable glasses technologies, we’ll experience a major shift in human communication from 2D to 3D. The ability to create augmented reality interactions within a menu and spotlight food options in a digital format can greatly enhance your sales. MetaVRse is a virtual and augmented reality innovation agency that devises revolutionary VR and AR solutions for businesses spanning a broad range of industries. Alan Smithson, its co-founder and CEO, will bring physical and digital menus to life in the Restaurant of the Future. Employing the most advanced AR platforms and hyper-realistic 3D modelling of restaurant menu items, you’ll glimpse your food orders in all their three-dimensional glory, as if the food was placed on the table already.

Meet the new generation of restaurant robotics

How Sustainability Will Play a Part in the Restaurants of the Future
What role will robotics play in the restaurants of the future?

Autonomous robots continue to make their way into our dining experiences with increasing frequency. These innovative and reliable team members can modernize your business — and fast. Autonetics Universe is the gold standard in Canada for commercial robots. One model has a touchscreen display to welcome customers and guide patrons to their desired destination. Another can greet, serve and entertain your guests with elegance and grace. Another can easily accomplish tasks such as customer reception, interpretation and guidance, food delivery and more. Within the walls of the Restaurant of the Future, you’ll see Autonetics Universe’s collection in action and witness how the kitchen is evolving faster than ever.

At RC Show 2019, connect with dynamic leaders in Canadian foodservice and hospitality; and be sure to stop by the Restaurant of the Future to experience the foodservice industry’s very best in sustainability. 

Whether you’re looking to start a new business, improve your existing operation, take things to the next level or simply relax and mingle, the RC Show 2019 is just weeks away from finally opening the doors for you- grab your tickets now!

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