With the holidays approaching, Cold Stone Creamery debuted this week a line of eight-layer ice cream cakes meant for entertaining. Cold Stone, which in 2004 introduced four-layer ice cream cakes, said the new eight-layer version ranges in price from $25.99 to $35.99, depending on the market. At Menu Trends & Directions conference this week in Orlando, Fla., Melissa Wilson of Technomic Inc. said the Chicago-based consultancy has seen a big uptick in party platters from restaurants because ...

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