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food forward

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OUR APPROACH

Food Forward Consulting is a Culinary Planning and Design company that compliments experience with innovation to deliver exceptional results for every project we take on. We care deeply about developing sustainable food strategies and efficient integration in an architectural scope. 

 

We are the liaison between all parties and work closely with the Client /Stakeholder, Architect, Designer, to develop and distill the culinary vision that helps inform the culinary program and define the architectural designs. Ultimately we ensure the food and beverage services align with the operational goals to achieve their full potential and financial success. 

 

Food Forward is proud to have been selected to lead culinary designs for several complex projects.

Our services include Concept Development, Culinary Programming and Design, Menu Development, Operational Systems, and Financial Planning. We have provided consulting services for clients in Canada, the US, and Internationally. 

 

 

What our clients have to say 

 

 

 

The Food Forward team operates with high professional integrity and knowledge. Working very efficiently in identifying key issues that need attention, assisting our organization as it's grown in design development, enhancing our diverse culinary profile and helping us with operational and financial efficiencies at our Toronto properties (Drake Hotel, Drake One Fifty, and the Drake Commissary). They have been a pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend their services to any forward-thinking hospitality operators. ---

Bill Simpson Chief Development Officer The Drake Hotel

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Information coming from Restaurant Metrics System and the Food Forward team allowed us to streamline many processes and analyze how to grow our business with strong financial management.
Laléh Larijani — Owner Operator,
Forno Cultura

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Our architect recommended Food Forward to assist in the design and culinary programming for our new location. Once open, we brought them back to implement Restaurant Metrics. Their system reduced our labor cost and inventory consumption by almost 10% in just a few weeks. The program has produced such excellent results [that] we work with them on a month-to-month basis.
Seng Luong — Owner Operator,
Sabai Sabai

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The Food Forward team was invaluable in shaping our new Hospitality Services Department at Hart House. We have implemented many of their recommendations and seen great results. I would highly recommend their services and expertise in the hospitality field, and they are a delight to work with. Nanci and her team are professional, responsive, and creative problem solvers who worked closely with us to develop the unique approach Hart House required. We continue to work with them for all our hospitality needs.

Sherry Kulman --- Chief Administrative Officer, Hart House, University of Toronto

 

 

 

Client List and Services Provided 

 

Shopify - Toronto, Vancouver, Berlin

Working in collaboration with their internal culinary and design teams and external architects to create the Design Direction and Culinary Program through Schematic Design, Design Development equipment placements, and specifications. Oversee the culinary program vision and design strategy for all the foodservice spaces across Canada and internationally for Shopify’s growing culinary needs. 

The Drake Commissary

Culinary programming, concept development, schematic design, service flow assessment of kitchen, bakery, food service counter, and prepared foods. Analysis of operational systems and financial planning.

The Drake Hotel 

Culinary programming, integration of food production for all Drake outlets. Operational assessment and financial planning.

The Drake One Fifty scope of services;

Culinary programming, Menu Development. 

Forno Cultura - King St, Queen St, The Path, Union Station

Culinary programming, integration of food production for all Forno Cultura outlets including production kitchens, bakery, service counter, and prepared foods. Implement Restaurant Metrics®, develop company structure, and assist in financial planning. 

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PAI Northern Thai Restaurant
Commissary Kitchen, Concept Development, Schematic Design, Design Development, Implement Restaurant Metrics®, manage monthly RM reporting. 

KIIN Northern Thai Restaurant
Commissary Kitchen, Concept Development, Schematic Design, Design Development,

Implement Restaurant Metrics®, manage monthly RM reporting. 

Sabai Sabai Thai Restaurant
Commissary Kitchen Concept Development, Schematic Design, Design Development,

Implement Restaurant Metrics®, manage monthly RM reporting. 

Hart House U of T 

Company Restructure of Food & Beverage Services. Implement Restaurant Metrics® for Gallery Grill Restaurant and M&E Catering.

The Arbor Room: Facility Assessment, Concept Development, Schematic Design

Design Development, Facilitate external foodservice operator agreement. 

Century City Vancouver BC 

Concept Development, Culinary Programming, Design Direction, Site Planning, Schematic Design, Design Development, and Financial Plan. Working in collaboration with the Century culinary team, architects, and designers to oversee the culinary program vision and design strategy, for the Holland Park Market Food Hall and Grocery Bar. 

Trinity College U of T

Culinary Concept, Culinary Programming, Design Direction, Site Planning, Schematic Design, Design Development. Work in collaboration with Trinty culinary team, architects/designers to oversee the culinary program vision and design strategy, for the new Trinity College Lawson Centre.

Dog & Bear Bar
Concept Development, Schematic, Design, Design Development,

Implement Restaurant Metrics®, manage monthly RM reporting. 

Kelly's
Product analysis, review operational systems, implement Restaurant Metrics®.

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Anne Boleyn Bar 
Concept Design, Schematic, Design Development, Culinary Programming. 

Substance Food Group - Terra, Francobollo, Sarpa, Rusty's 
Review operational systems, implement and manage Restaurant Metrics®, manage monthly RM reporting. 

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Services

Business Meeting

Planning

Expert Guidance

We believe a successful business starts at the beginning with the foundational pieces that build a roadmap for the future. In today’s rapidly evolving environment we understand taking bold chances requires making insightful decisions. Our goal is to guide you through every step. 
CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT, BUSINESS PLAN, PRO-FORMA, LEASE STRUCTURE

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Culinary Design

 

Integration of Design and Function

We are a liaison between all parties involved in a project Client /stakeholder, designer, and consultants. We work closely with the client to develop and distill the culinary vision that helps inform the culinary program and define the architectural designs. We take an active role in seeing the project through, supporting individual teams and consultants with the integration of the food and beverage services to ensure the realized experience lives up to the original intent.
In collaboration with architects, designers, contractors, chefs, and suppliers we assist in facilitating, managing, and coordinating all of the moving parts to ensure the build goes according to plan with insightful time-saving decisions and a commitment to functional design.
CULINARY CONCEPT, CULINARY PROGRAM, SITE PLANNING, SCHEMATIC DESIGN, DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT, SERVICE FLOW, FACILITY ASSESSMENT

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Operations

Achieve Your Goals

We strive to get your business operating at an optimum level with manageable systems and solutions that help your team maintain a course towards a sustainable future.
COMPANY STRUCTURE, OPERATIONAL SYSTEMS

Catering

Restaurant Metrics®

Manage Costs, Reduce Expenses, Turn a Profit

Keeping our work relevant to our client's needs and challenges, we developed a Restaurant Metrics System implemented in two phases. Starting with menu development, product inventory, and menu engineering. 

Then implement operational tracking systems that improve efficiencies, net profit, and financial outcome. 

 

 

GET IN TOUCH

Because we see innovative food concepts as such an important driver of design, and operations

we would love to work with you.

 

Contact

Food Forward Consulting
Toronto, ON, Canada  - 1 416 951 2029

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