Raw Vegan Red Kale Tacos
With the exception of serve your self style of service restaurants basically copy each other on the overall operating format of how the customers are served and taken care of right down to including "similar" items being listed on the menus. They all keep a watchful eye on each other to see what is working well and may change a menu method of service cost or whatever the case may be to accommodate current customers and coax new paying customers to spend money in their establishments. It is a constant see saw battle. Regardless of these restaurants copying and competing with each other for our dollars they clearly are the bar to which we compare the taste of our favorite foods to.
Their business is simply to serve and sell us as many items from their food and drink menus in an atmosphere where we can relax and enjoy. It is true though that many of these restaurants have worked hard to develop their own signature recipes techniques and themes to set themselves apart. They spend millions on advertising their uniqueness to keep bringing customers back for more. The restaurant business is a huge business and very competitive. How big is the restaurant industry in the U.S.? According to the National Restaurant Association it is estimated the industry to reach $604 billion dollars in sales for 2011. That is $1.7 billion on a typical day. There are 960000 locations nationwide that employee approximately 12.8 million people and get this of the dollars spent on food in the U.S. 49% is shared with the restaurant industry. I dont know about you but that is some serious cabbage.
When we got the check we also got an unexpected surprise. She brought out a large vacuum sealed plastic bag of the marinara sauce from what appeared to be directly from their food supplier. We didnt get the recipe but we sure got a large quantity of sauce to bring home. So it does pay to ask and while you may or may not get a recipe directly you never know what might happen I guess. There are of course a good number of books many articles online and numerous websites all claiming either access to or having themselves restaurant secrets and copycats recipes for many favorite American restaurants. Whew it sort of makes my head spin a bit but in order to help me achieve this quest of mine it has been worth the effort.