Valentine’s Day is another one of those holidays when restaurant employees are working at full swing, while couples celebrate their love. Despite this downside of Valentine’s Day restaurants, Valentine’s actually holds incredible business and profit potential for the venues that do it right. According to the NRA, about 25% of Americans will turn to restaurants for Valentine Day dinner ideas. By making itself a perfect option for romantic restaurant ambiance and Valentine’s food, a restaurant can put itself on the map and open itself to the possibility of great profits on the holiday.
Going With the Theme
The first step to being Valentine’s Day restaurants is to plan out the Valentine’s Day menu and other Valentine Day dinner ideas that will make the venue attractive. Aphrodisiac Valentine’s food should grace most of the dishes on the menu. The presentation and flavors should be elegant and light, to set the mood for the holiday. The restaurant interior should be tweaked to convey a romantic restaurant, by adding subtle touches such as vases of red roses, soft music, and candlelight, which are stereotypical, but effective ways to instantly increase romantic ambience. The crowd that will dine at the venue during the holiday will also have an important part in setting the mood for the rest of the diners.
Choosing Your Crowd
Venues should consider having an adults-only night when coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas. Having a mature crowd will prevent loudness and chaos that kids can bring, which may be positive at times, but not when setting a romantic restaurant atmosphere. Possibly the most important part of planning Valentine’s Day ideas, is making sure that the venue is in people’s minds when they are coming up with Valentine Day dinner ideas. Publicity is the key to being successful Valentine’s Day restaurants. A venue may not be typically considered a romantic
With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what to get loved ones and employees. Purchasing holiday gifts for chefs and culinary enthusiasts can be a piece of cake, when given a little thought. Whether looking for stocking stuffers or a larger gift for employees, or to invest in ”a gift” for a restaurant kitchen to improve functionality and quality, kitchen gift ideas from TigerChef.com can be the perfect solution. Here’s a roundup of the top 10 cooking gifts to make this holiday season special.
Ice Cream Machine
Foodies are being drawn more and more towards unusual flavor combinations. What better way to experiment with one of the latest culinary trends than to experiment with an affordable and high-quality ice cream machine at home? An ice cream machine is a novelty that most chefs do not own, both at work and at home, making it one of the best holiday gifts for a cook.
No kitchen, no matter how small, is complete without a food processor. From dough and fillings, to spreads and salad dressing, the homemade food possibilities that can be prepared with a food processor are endless. For chefs who do not already own a food processor, it can be one of the simplest kitchen gift
Thanksgiving is renowned as a holiday to spend with family. Each family has adopted Thanksgiving traditions that tend to stay the same year after year, whether home-cooking, ordering take-out food to avoid stressing about cooking a delicious meal, or dining out in a nice restaurant with a great atmosphere in order to avoid any hassles at home. Working on holidays can be rough, but by taking steps to ensure that both customers and employees are enjoying the holiday as much as possible, businesses can fully benefit from the restaurant holiday and convince those dining out to adopt the venue as their personal Thanksgiving tradition.
Restaurant Thanksgiving for Guests and Employees
One of the hardest parts of owning a restaurant or being a restaurant employee is working on the holidays. For venues offering Thanksgiving dinner, consolation can be had in knowing that the profit margin is extremely promising. However, this benefit affects only a few restaurant employees, such as the waiters and the restaurant owner. To recompense restaurant employees, such as those working in the kitchen, consider offering higher wages for the night and a festive meal with all the traditional holiday foods, after service. Keeping restaurant employees happy will help ensure a positive vibe during the restaurant holiday. On a similar note, taking reservations in advance and refusing walk-ins is the best way to ensure that the restaurant isn’t over-staffed during the holiday, allowing the maximum possible number of restaurant employees to
Thanksgiving is a time for appreciating family, friends, and life in general. Some people choose to take on the task of preparing the festive dinner from scratch, but others turn to restaurants and food businesses for their holiday foods, ordering out or dining in festive venues. This year, Thanksgiving falls out on the second night of Hanukkah for the first time since 1888, giving added holiday menu ideas and options to increase holiday season business. The public is eagerly anticipating the combination of the holidays, renaming it “Thanksgivukkah” and creating products and sample menus that combine the staples of each one. Thinking in advance about holiday menu ideas and ways to make the restaurant holiday successful and appealing to customers, for any holiday, can help businesses ensure they make the most of the holiday season business potential. By jumping on the bandwagon of all the hype around “Thanksgivukkah,” businesses can profit from the doubly exciting holiday(s).
Thanksgiving Restaurant Menu and Ambience
Holiday foods are sure to draw customers’ eyes for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and almost every other holiday. However, unless the restaurant ambience is also accounted for, consumers may choose to enjoy their holiday meal elsewhere. For businesses only offering take-out holiday foods, setting up the venue for the holiday is less necessary, but for those concerned with creating a holiday environment, interior design can, and should, be tastefully altered for the holidays. Venues should be careful to stay away from creating a tacky environment, and focus on elegant touches that will work well with the existing restaurant ambience. For example, adding fall-themed floral decorations and centerpieces for the holidays, such as menorahs filled with flowers in orange,
The Holiday Cocktails Season
With the holidays around the corner, many will be taking advantage of their vacation days and going out to celebrate the season. For businesses, this means an exponential increase in customer traffic. To get ahead, venues can already think about the drinks menu and how to stock the bar for the best supply of holiday drinks to offer. Soon enough, eggnog, mulled wine buttered rum, candy cane cocktails, and champagne will lead bottles to fly off the shelf.
What to Offer as Holiday Drinks
The wintery holiday season leads people to crave warm drinks that will contrast with the weather. Eggnog, mulled wine, and buttered rum can all be served cold or hot. Since the holidays also bring a craving for nostalgia and spices, these drinks are ideal to offer on any holiday drinks menu. Other holiday cocktails that remind people of the season will include flavors associated with the holidays, such as champagne and candy cane cocktails.
Most people celebrate the New Year with a nice bottle of champagne, or wine. By having wine and champagne readily available this season, and plenty of bar glassware businesses will be prepared
What’s popular in winter recipes?
When pondering holiday menu ideas, chefs should focus on the factors that make winter foods popular this season. Spices are used in pretty much every typical holiday food. In general, spices are appreciated in winter dishes because they tend to increase blood circulation and are considered to have a warming effect as a result. Sweet dishes are typical as well. With sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cranberries, and citrus coming into season, incorporating them into sides, mains, desserts, salads, and pretty much every other winter recipe imaginable, is extremely popular. As opposed to summertime, when light dishes such as salads and grilled proteins are popular, in the winter, pots of stew, soups, and heavier meals, in general, gain a place on people’s tables. Before each holiday, restaurants can use these winter recipe basics to build holiday menu ideas. Holiday season business thrives off of such menus.
Holiday Season Business
Chefs can use the holiday season to play around with holiday menu ideas and thus draw more customers. Putting a spin on typical Christmas dishes, or other holiday favorites, will pose a fun challenge for cooks and intrigue customers. Finding a way to present gourmet latkes, for example, will please those looking for a high-class food experience and nostalgia. Using a mandoline to thinly slice a mixture of vegetable, adding apples to the recipe, or making the gourmet latkes out of beets, or some other unconventional vegetable, will interest customers bored by the average potato latkes (potato pancakes). This is also the time to develop a restaurant Christmas menu and plan the restaurant’s New Year’s Eve, or decide whether to stay open on those evenings at all. Many businesses opt to require a minimum amount spent by each customer during busy holiday season business days. Others choose to offer a set menu to
The holiday season brings increased traffic to a commercial kitchen, and the holiday rush has the potential to interfere with an otherwise well-run operation. What every professional chef needs, especially when the season gets busy, is a seamless way to move food from storage to prep to a beautiful table presentation. Good planning and purchasing in the area of Transport and Storage is the key to accomplishing this. Whether it’s a space-saving device, such as the Winco Dunnage Rack or an apparatus for transport, there are many kitchen accessories that will help in organizing, making use of valuable space, and easily transporting food and supplies. This holiday season is a good time to give yourself a gift of new kitchen accessories—perhaps some extra shelving, racks, or a new utility cart.
Increasing Kitchen Storage
Let’s talk about kitchen storage first. Every part of the kitchen needs lots of storage and shelving. Food, cutlery, utensils, and kitchen accessories all need their own place. The ideal solution is to locate storage and shelving as close as possible to where you will use the items stored.
Looking to find that perfect gift for the kitchen addict this Christmas season? With so many gadgets available with just a click of the mouse these days, choosing the right gift can be, let’s say, overwhelming. That’s where Tiger Chef steps in. Our team at Tiger Chef did the work for you! We searched and came up with the top 8 kitchen gadgets that are flying like pancakes this season. When I say flying, I mean flying.
1. Keurig B70 Single Cup Home Brewing Coffee Maker
With the Keurig B70, you’re bound to start your day off the right way. Brewing a single cup of your preferred coffee, tea, and yes, even hot cocoa, has never been easier. Set your ‘favorite cup size’ to get just the right amount of ground coffee for you. The Keurig B70 is known for its quiet brew technology so there is no need to worry about waking up the whole neighborhood.
Running late. Again. On days like these, there is nothing more comforting than knowing that all you’ve got to do in order to have supper up and running when you get home is open the freezer, pull out some leftovers and stick them into the oven. The worst feeling is when everybody is ready to bet their most valuable possessions that this supper is, once again, coming from "you know where." No need to fret, we’ve got 4 tips for you that will make your frozen foods last longer and taste just as if it just came out of the oven.
- In order to guaranteed that your leftover turkey or roast tastes just as good and fresh the second time around, pour enough gravy over the leftover meat, making sure to cover it completely, before freezing it in an airtight storage container. The gravy will act as an extra protection, allowing you to store the leftovers for a longer period of time. In addition, when you re-warm it, the gravy will keep the turkey or roast moist.
- If you buy meat and/or chicken and plan on storing it in the freezer for a little while, there is absolutely no reason for you to repackage it. Planning on keeping it stored in the freezer for a longer period of time? In that case, you are best off adding an additional layer of wrapping protection to prevent it from freezer burn. If you are looking for the easy way out, simply wrap the original packaging in a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Anyone who has ever hosted a Thanksgiving, Christmas, and/or New Year’s meal can attest to the fact that by the time it came to the actual meal, they were too stressed out and tired to benefit from all the time and effort they put into getting everything ready. The preparations do tend to be somewhat stressful and draining with all the running around “like a chicken without a head” in our attempt to make sure that everything gets done and no detail is left out. How does preparing for the big bash without all the stress sound to you? Think it’s impossible? Think again.
- Probably the most important and de-stressing step you can take in order to have a stress-less preparation stage is planning ahead of time. Anything that can, should be bought (and made) ahead of time. There is no reason for you to wait until the week of the holiday to buy your accessories and supplies you need to create your centerpieces.
- Any dish that will taste just the same whether it is made the day of or defrosted the day of should be prepared in advance. Most soups freeze very well, not to mention desserts. These courses can be prepared well ahead of time, even as much as two weeks beforehand. Just about everything else can be made a day or two ahead of time, stored tightly in proper containers, and refrigerated. The only foods that need to be made the day of are foods that are perishable, i.e. salads. Even those foods can be prepared in advance – just leave the dressing for the last minute!
- If anybody offers to make something, never turn them down. Pride aside, no matter how capable you may be one dish off your list will spare you some precious time, whether it may be 10 minutes or an hour. Every minute makes a difference.