Are you a small business operator with less than five locations in Canada and less than 50 employees per location?
If you answered yes, you may be eligible for a suite of services to support your restaurant's participation in the Informed Dining program.
Small Business Supports
1. Recipe Standardization Module
The Recipe Standardization Module was created as an online learning tool to help educate small business operators on how to standardize their recipes. The learning module will give you the knowledge necessary to standardize your recipes to the level of detail required to complete nutrient analysis of menu items. The module is designed like an online course that will guide you through the 10 Steps involved in creating a standardized recipe. Watch the video above to learn more, or click here to register for the module.
2. Nutrient Analysis
Let our expert consultant assist you in completing a nutrient analysis for your standard menu items. Our experts are trained to account for factors such as cooking and processing losses to ensure your nutrient analysis is as accurate as possible. Small business operators wishing to utilize this service must have standardized recipes available electronically. For information on standardizing your recipes, please see the Guide to Small Business Support Program.
3. Recipe Reformulation
Whether you have already completed a nutrient analysis or have received this service through our consultants, you may notice menu items that could use a tweak such as lowering the sodium content of your signature soup. Small business operators wishing to utilize this service must have standardized recipes available electronically. For information on standardizing your recipes, please see the Guide to Small Business Support Program. Operators may also wish to call 8-1-1 to speak to a Registered Dietitian at HealthLink BC.
4. Graphic Design
One of the requirements to participate in the Informed Dining program is to provide your guests with nutrition information in the form of the brochure, poster or supplemental menu. Graphic design templates have been developed and are available to participating restaurants. Graphic designers are available to support small business operators that may not have access or expertise in graphic design. Small business operators wishing to utilize this service must have their nutrient analysis available electronically.
Applying for Small Business Support
If you are a small business operator interested in the Informed Dining program and the suite of services available to support you, please read the Guide to Small Business Support Program to familiarize yourself with the program and what is involved.
To apply for the small business support program, a restaurant operator must complete the following steps:
- Submit an Expression of Interest form. Ensure that you check the box "Check here if you plan on submitting an application for the small business support program." An Informed Dining representative will contact you to discuss the program requirements and Program Agreement.
- Complete the free online Recipe Standardization Module. Once the module is complete, submit a Small Business Support Program Application, along with the Certificate of Completion for the Recipe Standardization Module and your electronic standardized recipes.
- Sign the Informed Dining Program Agreement and submit to the Ministry of Health.