New Dinova Restaurants: September 1, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of September 1:

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191 Knickerbocker in Brooklyn, New York

 

 

Babalu Tapas & Tacos PS

 

8 Additional Locations of Babalu Tapas & Tacos  

 

 

Bohemian House PS

 

Bohemian House in Chicago, Illinois

 

 

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Brockway Public House in Carmel, Indiana

 

 

Cabo PS

 

Cabo A Taste of Mexico in Rockville Centre, New York

 

 

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Cibo e Beve in Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

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12 Locations of CRÚ Food and Wine Bar

 

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Six Locations of Cyclone Anaya’s

 

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Eight Location of Dos Coyotes Border Café

 

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Enzo’s Italian Fine Foods  in Stamford, Conneticut

 

 

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Four Locations of Fields Good Chicken

 

 

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Two Locations of Flyrite Chicken Sandwiches

 

 

 

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Galaxy Tacos in La Jolla, California

 

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Kuroshio Midtown Sushi & Lounge in Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

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Make Sandwich in New York, New York

 

 

 

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Nine Locations of Melt Shop

 

 

 

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Parky’s Smokehouse in  Lebanon, Indiana

 

 

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Two Locations of  Princi Italia

 

 

 

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Sultana in Menlo Park, California

 

 

 

TGI Fridays

 

74 Additional Locations TGI Friday’s

 

 

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The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee, Illinois

 

 

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The Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah, Washington

 

 

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The Iron Duck Public House in North Bend, Washington

 

 

The Little Beet PS

 

Eight Locations for The Little Beet

 

 

The Little Beet Table PS

 

Two Locations for The Little Beet Table

 

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Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Atlanta, Georgia

Yes, you need to start planning your office holiday party now.

So you’ve been tasked with planning the annual employee holiday party for your company. But that’s okay, you may think. After all, it’s only August, and I have still plenty of time. I’ll just put it at the end of my to-do list. Right?

Wrong. You are so, so wrong.

If you are reading this blog post now and haven’t done any prep work, you are already late in planning your office holiday party. Event spaces book up fast during the holiday season, restaurants are going to be slammed with catering orders, and employees need to know key dates for company-wide events well in advance so they can plan their schedules. The longer you wait to get started, the greater the chance that something is going to fall through the cracks. And with all of the employees who are planning to attend and judge every detail, it’s extremely important to put your best foot forward with this soiree.

Are you panicked yet? No need to worry – that’s why we’re here! Here are five steps that can make planning your holiday office party quick, easy and painless.

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1. First, pick a theme. Are you thinking black tie affair, or a night out playing arcade games? The possibilities are practically endless, and some may be more fitting than others, depending on whether or not families and significant others will be invited to attend. Get the theme figured out right away so that you can put a check mark next to the basics such as time, date, location, and even things like decorations and color scheme. Be sure to involve a handful of other employees to pick the theme out, too – that way you’ll have backup in your choice. Once you have your direction, you can select a menu that coincides with the theme. We at Dinova have made this especially easy with our Holiday Dining Guide, which can help you find a restaurant for your event in just a few minutes. Our Dining Guide showcases to holiday hotspots in our most popular locations for the season of lights and focuses on their party offerings, from catering to private dining venues.

2. Make an agenda. An agenda will help ensure that everything goes smoothly and that you have assistance where needed. Start your agenda with the time of day in which you or a party-planning company will be setting everything up so that you won’t be sweating the details at the last minute (like figuring out when the decor can be hung). Be sure to note all important times as well, including when you want the CEO to speak, when you plan to have food served, and so forth.

3. Have a team by your side. We recommend assembling a party team within your company to help bring everything from concept to execution, but remember – it’s about quality, not quantity. You don’t need a representative from every department to help you with this – in fact, that’s probably a mistake as it would distract from employees’ actual jobs. Empower a small team of individuals and be sure to include people in human resources and marketing – that way you’ll have someone to talk corporate policy and someone to talk look and feel.

4. Announce the basics. There are some key details that many office party planners fail to realize are of the utmost importance to employees attending the holiday party. What is the dress code? Will alcohol be served, and will it be an open bar? Will there be dinner or appetizers, and what time will the food be offered? Establish the answers to these questions well in advance and be sure to inform your company so that they are prepared. It’s also important to remind your guests that at the end of the day, they are representing the company at a workplace event and are expected to be on their best behavior as they enjoy the soiree.

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5. Do something good. One portion of the holiday party that is often overlooked until the last minute is the fundraising aspect, yet our research shows that corporate social responsibility is very important to employees. Consider designating a charity to partner with for your party and keep it simple. Tried and true ideas include a toy drive, sponsoring a family for the season or donating food to a local shelter. Heck, you can even make the fundraising aspect the theme for your event, such as participating in a pre-party Santa 5k walk/run!

While you are definitely behind schedule if you haven’t started planning your office holiday party yet, it’s not the end of the world. Keep things simple, invite collaboration, and of course, remember that the event is supposed to be fun! Go ahead and get started – and get a jump on selecting your party’s location and food choices by using our Dinova Holiday Dining Guide to find the perfect restaurant to best suit your needs.

New Dinova Restaurants: August 15, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of August 15:

Arami PS

 

Arami in Chicago, Illinois

 

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Bowties 2 Blue Jeans Catering  in Pflugerville, Texas 

 

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Two Locations of Café Izmir 

 

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Cojo Catering in Round Rock, Texas

 

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Entente in Chicago, Illinois

 

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17 Locations of Farm Burger

 

 

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Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar in Las Vegas, Nevada 

 

 

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Flagship Cruises & Events in San Diego, California

 

Gregorio's Catering PS

 

 

Gregorio’s Catering in Austin, Texas

 

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Heineken Pub 97 in Chicago, Illinois

 

 

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Keegan’s Irish Pub in Roswell, Georgia

 

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25 Locations of Milio’s Sandwiches

 

 

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Pacifica Del Mar in Del Mar, California

 

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Two Locations of Potbelly Sandwiches

 

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Ross & Hall Kitchen + Beer Garten in Dallas, Texas

 

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Six Feet Under Pub & Fish in Grant Park in Atlanta, Georgia

 

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36 Locations of Souplantation

 

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61 locations of Sweet Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Dinova Restaurants: August 1, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of August 1:

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Six Locations of Boqueria

 

 

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Chez-Zee American Bistro in Austin, Texas 

 

 

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Two Locations of Davanti Enoteca

 

 

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Seven Locations of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

 

Disotto

 

 

 

Disotto in Highwood, Illinois

 

 

El Naranjo

 

El Naranjo in Austin, Texas

 

 

 

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Six Locations of Famous Dave’s BBQ

 

 

 

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18 Locations of Francesca’s Restaurants

 

 

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Harvest House in Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

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Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

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28 Locations of Just Salad

 

 

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Two Locations of Lokanta

 

 

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Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria and Wine Bar in Denver, Colorado

 

 

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Master Pizza in Pharma, Ohio

 

 

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Mitchell’s Ocean Club in Columbus, Ohio

 

 

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Two Locations of Poke-Poke

 

 

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Three Locations of Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi

 

 

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26 Locations of Snooze: an AM Eatery

 

 

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Additional Location for Tap 42 Kitchen & Bar

 

 

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Five Locations for Tara Thai

 

 

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Terrazas at Hyde in Hollywood, Florida

 

 

 

TGI Fridays

 

 

Nine Additional Locations for   TGIFriday’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Dinova Restaurants: July 15, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of July 15:

 

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Akbar Restaurant in Edison, New Jersey

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar

 

 

Additional Location for Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar

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Bar BiCi Italian Street Food in South Bend, Indiana

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Flix Brewhouse in Frisco, Texas and Madison, Wisconsin

 

 

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Seven Locations for Holler & Dash

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Five Locations for La Senorita Mexican Restaurant

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Portofino in Atlanta, GA

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12 Additional Locations for Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Dinova Restaurants: July 1, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of July 1:

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Brasserie Beck in Washington, District of Columbia

 

 

Doc B's Fresh Kitchen PS

 

Two Additional Locations for Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen 

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Nine Locations of Famous Dave’s BBQ

 

 

Lock Kitchen 72 & Bar PS

 

Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar in Potomac, Maryland

 

Marcel's PS

 

Marcel’s in Washington, District of Columbia

 

 

MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company PS

 

Additional Location for MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company

 

 

Mussel Bar & Grille PS

 

Two Locations for Mussel Bar & Grille

 

 

Musume PS

 

Musume in Dallas, Texas

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Siren by RW in Washington, District of Columbia

 

 

The Local Pizzaiolo PS

 

Two Locations for The Local Pizzaiola

 

 

 

Three Dollar Cafe PS

 

Four Locations for Three Dollar Cafe

 

 

 

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Tommy Joe’s Bar & Grill in Bethesda, Maryland

 

Villain & Siant PS

 

Villain & Saint in Bethesda, Maryland

 

 

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6 Additional Locations in Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

 

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Wildwood Kitchen in Bethesda, Maryland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Breakfasts and the Business Breakfast Movement

 

We’ve all heard it, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But, do restaurateurs know just how important? Business professionals often use breakfast meetings as ground zero for negotiating, meeting up with colleagues or interviews. What happens over a breakfast meeting is very important, and what is even more important is the food. Corporate employees are getting smart about mixing food and business. While the traditional meeting over lunch and dinner is always a solid move, business diners are taking full advantage of the opportunity to get up early and meet over bacon, eggs and coffee.

Deemed the “power breakfast,” the movement is gaining traction throughout the restaurant industry, and many restaurateurs are taking notice by opening the doors earlier and adjusting offerings to accommodate this guest. In fact, many restaurant brands have re-branded, fast-casual version of their signature restaurant style to attract younger and more time-crunched customers while still appealing to their long-time patrons. This renewed focus on capturing the early birds creates a new revenue stream of customers that otherwise may not have been captured.

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So, how are restaurant brands approaching this change? Potbelly, once perceived as only a lunch and dinner brand, now offers business professionals a new breakfast section of their menu that takes the breakfast sandwich to an entirely new and mouthwatering level. Who knew you could order a delicious egg, sausage, and melted cheddar sandwich on top of a blueberry maple square bun while negotiating a high-level client deal?  Potbelly also provides corporate diners with the option to cater in breakfast for off-site meetings and events. Talk about power!

Diners are also paying careful attention to what they eat for breakfast as well.  The latest NRA State of the Industry study found that 7 in 10 diners would choose a restaurant where healthy food is available.  Millennials are also more likely to choose a restaurant with locally-sourced, or environmentally-friendly food items.

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Another win in the power breakfast category is Bob Evans, where business diners can enjoy a variety of farm-fresh breakfast favorites and conduct an interview with prospective employees at the same time.  No matter the occasion, business diners can enjoy breakfast meals that includes the famous Farmer’s Choice Breakfast to the famous Pot Roast Hash.

“Business meetings allow people to savor great home-style breakfasts together, and at Bob Evans we’re serving more farm fresh fruits and vegetables than ever along with some fun new ways to enjoy them,” said a representative at Bob Evans. “It’s comfort with attitude for business diners: nothing short of simple, delicious, farm fresh, down to earth food done right! That’s the Bob Evans way.”

Whether it’s the road warrior looking for a quick breakfast bite with colleagues or the sales professional looking to engage with their prospects over pancakes, restaurants are stepping up the breakfast game in more ways than one in order to attract the everyday business professional.

 

 

 

 

New Dinova Restaurants: June 15, 2018.

 

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of June 15:

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600 Kitchen & Bar in Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

 

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant y Cantina

 

Eight Locations for Acapulco 

 

 Amali PS

 

Amali Located in New York, New York

 

Babalu Tapas & Tacos PS

 

Babalu Tapas & Tacos in Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

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Two Locations for Beni’s Cubano

 

 

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Big Fish in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

 

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Big Fish on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

 

Central Tap House PS

 

Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

 

Centre Street Tap PS

 

Centre Street Tap House in Portage, Michigan

 

 

 

Chevys tex Mex PS

 

26 Locations for Chevys Fresh Mex

 

 

Cove Westlake Bistro PS

 

Cove Lakeside Bistro in Portage, Michigan

 

 

 Dick's Last Resort PS

Seven Additional Locations for Dick’s Last Resort

 

 

Eclectic Bistro & Bar PS

 

 Eclectic Bistro & Bar in Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

 

El Torito PS

 

39 Locations in El Torito 

 

 

El Torito Grill PS

 

Two Locations of El Torito Grill

 

 

 

Fieldstone's Grill PS

 

Fieldstone Grill in Portage, Michigan

 

Genki Noodles & Sushi PS

 

Two Locations of Genki Noodles & Sushi

 

 

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Idler Riverboat & Dockside in South Haven, Michigan

 

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant y Cantina

 

Las Brisas in Laguna Beach, California

 

 

Lou Malnati's PS

 

53 Locations of Lou Malnati’s

 

 

Martell's PS

 

Martell’s in Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

 

 

McCray's Tavern PS

 

Three Locations of McCray’s Taverns

 

 

 

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Mikimotos Asian Grill & Sushi Bar in Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

Sinigual PS

 

Sinigual in New York City, New York

 

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Sprinkle Road Tap House in Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

 

Stevens' PS

 

Stevens’ in Gurnee, Illinois

 

 

 

TGI Friday's PS

 

25 Additional Locations of TGI Friday’s

 

 

The Wine Loft PS

 

The Wine Loft in Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

 

Tin Lizzy'z Cantina PS

 

14 Locations of Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

 

 

Tony Roma's PS

 

Two Additional Locations of Tony Roma’s

 

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Trolley Square Oyster House in Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

 

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Washington Street Ale House in Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

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Who Song & Larry’s Restaurant & Cantina in Vancouver, Washington

 

 

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Zaytinya in Frisco, Texas

 

 

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Additional Location of Ziziki’s Restaurant

 

 

New Dinova Restaurants: June 1, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of June 1:

Arooga_s Grille House & Sports Bar

 

Additional Location for Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar

 

 

 

Big Mama_s & Papa_s Pizzeria

 

Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria in Burbank, California

 

 

 

Delia_s Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza

 

Two Locations for Delia’s Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond of Hamilton

 

 

Diamond’s of Hamilton in Hamilton, New Jersey

 

 

Diamond_s of Pennington

 

Diamond’s of Pennington in Pennington, New Jersey

 

 

 

Doc B_s Fresh Kitchen

 

Additional Location for Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen

 

 

 

East Hampton Sandwich Co

 

Additional Location for East Hampton Sandwich Co.

 

 

 

El Rincon Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

 

El Rincon Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar in Carrollton, Texas

 

 

 

Greek Islands Cuisine

 

Greek Islands Cuisine  in Irvine, California

 

 

Hale & Hearty Soups

 

 

25 Locations for Hale & Hearty Soups

 

 

 

 

il Villaggio

 

 

Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, New Jersey

 

 

 

Inakayany

 

Inakaya in New York, NY

 

 

Segovia Meson

 

 

Segovia Meson in Carlstadt, New Jersey

 

 

Sergovia Restaurant

 

 

Segovia Restaurant in Moonachie, New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

Segovia Steakhouse & Seafood

 

Segovia Steakhouse & Seafood in Little Ferry, New Jersey

 

 

 

Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House

 

Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House in Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

Skorpios

 

 

Skorpios in Miami,  Florida

 

 

 

 

Sports Grill

 

 

Four Locations for Sports Grill 

 

 

 

 

The Halal Guys

 

 

Five Locations for The Halal Guys

 

 

 

Zen Foods

 

 

ZEN Foods in Sun Valley, California

 

 

 

 

Cool Summer Food Trends

It’s summer at last!  Don’t wait until you’re home on the weekend to celebrate the season.  If you find yourself on the road for business, fight the urge to order room service and go live it up.  Since it is such a short season, don’t bypass the opportunity for a seasonal experience because you’re away from home and perhaps traveling alone.  Make it a trip to remember by checking out the local food scene and indulging in the amazing cuisines that showcase the abundance of peak seasonal produce.

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Bidwell

If your travels bring you to our nation’s capital, venture out to Union Market.  After you’ve perused the goods that 40 local artisans have on display, have a seat on the patio at Bidwell.  Much of the produce at this Michelin Bib Gourmand-listed restaurant is grown on their aeroponic rooftop, the definition of hyper-local food.  What could be more refreshing than a lemonade infused with basil and cucumber that was grown on site?  Sounds perfect with one of Chef Mooney’s lobster taco appetizers!

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Joy District

“Handcrafted” and “modern” are defining terms on the beverage scene this summer.  Instead of classic soft drinks, bartenders are mixing it up by infusing sparkling soda with hibiscus or berries.  At the Kingside in Manhattan you can enjoy a rooftop experience while sipping on a lavender Collins or a Midtown Spritz, a vodka cocktail with elderflower, prosecco and mint.  If you don’t have an early meeting, Joy District in Chicago offers unique cocktails with a dance party rooftop experience!

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Take a stroll down Canton Street in Roswell, Ga., where you will find a variety of al fresco dining options.  Osteria Mattone offers a patio setting where you can dine underneath the large trees strung with white lights. The patio at Table & Main features a beautiful stone fireplace.  If you’re in the mood for seafood, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill is just a few steps away with plenty of patio seating.  If you’re able to venture outside the city, The Farmhouse at Serenbe is one of Atlanta’s original farm-to-table restaurants.  The chefs reimagine the menu each month with a focus on local seasonal ingredients, much of what is harvested from their own gardens.

Embrace every opportunity to enjoy the season, it won’t last long!

Author: Janice McEachen