Posts in May 2014
Offering a food delivery service is a great way to increase restaurant business. Food for delivery allows customers to dine quickly and in the setting of their choice, rather than deal with waiting lists, wait-service, and food preparation in-house. On the other hand, a food delivery service allows restaurants to increase restaurant business by serving customers that do not require customer service beyond getting the food, and whom do not take up a table in the venue, allowing them to serve more customers at a given time. For restaurants looking to offer a high quality take away menu, freshness and preparation time should be taken into account
What Restaurants Deliver
When offering a food delivery service, restaurant s should plan out the food for delivery. A take away menu should not always be an exact copy of the in-house menu, in order to assure customer satisfaction and food quality of the food delivered. For example, though salads in-house are served to a customer with dressing already mixed in, when preparing food for delivery, salad dressing are best included on the side, to prevent wilting of the leaves by the time the dish is delivered. Food businesses should also keep in mind that fresh bread, deep-fried food, and toast tend
Soybean oil is the most commonly used oil in the world. Not only is it easily accessible, it is also a relatively healthy cooking oil, as long as it is not hydrogenated soybean oil. Soybean oil is a great option for restaurant supply, though it is not suitable for every type of cooking method. Soybean oil health benefits can draw customers, which, along with its many uses and wide availability, make it great for a commercial kitchen.
A Bit of Chemistry
Soybean oil health benefits are a result of the oil’s chemical properties. Soybean oil is relatively high in unsaturated fats. Saturated and unsaturated fats are usually discussed in the media in terms of health, with saturated fats known to be hard for the body to breakdown, compared to unsaturated fats. As a result of the molecular structures, saturated fats are less healthy, enabling fat buildup which raises the risk of cardiovascular disease. Though soybean oil contains some saturated fats, it also has a high number of unsaturated fats, making it a rather healthy cooking oil.
Catering is a relatively sure business compared to owning a restaurant. By becoming one of the many restaurants that cater, restaurants can expand their profits and success, while building a larger client base. Though restaurants that cater must invest time and money into planning the catering ideas, hiring restaurant staff to prepare and serve the food during event catering, and ensuring that all the restaurant equipment is up to par, the business expansion that can come about by offering a catering service can make owning a restaurant a lot more profitable.
Why Restaurants that Cater Have it Good
Restaurants that cater, and any catering service for that matter, have early income indicators. When a customer chooses a catering menu and hires a catering service, the service then knows the amount of food that needs to be ordered and can rest assured that it will all be used during the event catering. Whether the service is wedding catering or event catering of another kind, extra food will have to be prepared to cover any extra unexpected guests or hungry diners. However, the catering service can
Customers are demanding in today’s day and age. Not only are they looking for unique foods, they simultaneously seek healthy restaurant options. Various articles have cited that unusual cuts of meat such as rabbit, pigeon, and goat meat, will become culinary trends in 2014. It turns out that these meats have higher nutritional value than typical types of meat, and can be prepared in a wide variety of preparation methods. By learning and experimenting with various unusual cuts of meat, restaurants can set themselves apart and expand their menus.
Rabbit meat is a rather versatile type of meat that is often compared to chicken in terms of flavor and texture. It can be prepared in a variety of cooking methods, similarly to chicken. It is generally considered an excellent source of high quality protein, and promotes healthy eating by being leaner than chicken, beef, and pork. Sometimes rabbit meat gets a bad rep for its association with various health concerns due to its lean composition and lack of essential fatty acids. However, for customers looking for healthy restaurant options, rabbit meat is a great choice. Even restaurants such as Chez Panisse and The French Laundry have taken to using rabbit meat in various dishes, such as buttermilk-fried rabbit.
Goat meat is widely consumed worldwide. Similar to lamb and veal, different parts of the animal can be prepared with different cooking methods which include grilling, braising, frying, and slow-cook cooking methods. Goat meat usually (but not always) has a stronger, gamey-er flavor than other types of meat, making it appeal to a smaller sector of customers compared to beef. Despite this potential drawback, customers concerned with healthy eating will be drawn to cuts of meat
Tea time is generally associated with the British tradition of having a small snack and cup of tea in the late afternoon, usually around 4 p.m. Though tea time has always been a great excuse to have a social hour, today it is gaining attention as an extra meal, creating an opportunity to split meals to improve health. Many health studies have shown that eating many small meals throughout the day helps people reduce their caloric intake and prevent overeating at meals due to hunger. Due to the health benefits of light fare, the Food Channel is predicting that split meals, or tea time, will be one of the major food trends this year. Conveniently for restaurants, tea time has the potential to boost business and restaurant profit, similar to the way happy hour specials do.
Tea Time Restaurant Meals
When considering foods that are gluten free restaurants tend to concoct dishes with a gluten free item as the main ingredients. Quinoa salads, rice pasta, and soups (without flour, of course), are great dishes for customers with celiac as well as those interested in the gluten free diet plan for other health reasons. However, with the diversity of gluten free flours available, restaurants need not create new dishes, but rather adapt the existing ones to fit the gluten free customer. Below, three types of gluten free flours are described.
Teff is a wheat-like grain grown in Ethiopia and Eritrea, which is high in protein, calcium, and iron. Traditionally used to make sour injera bread, the grain actually has a nutty flavor, only getting a sour taste after a fermentation process similar to that of sourdough bread. Though its food costs are significantly higher than regular flour, some restaurant businesses may consider experimenting with teff flour because it is so rarely seen on restaurant menus in the US. Offering teff products which are gluten free foods can set a venue apart
The multitude of terms associated with current environmental trends can be confusing and overwhelming, sounding almost identical to each other. Yet many of these trends have slightly different implications for restaurants, and can help improve business, while supporting a good cause, when done right. “Environmentally sustainable” is a term used to describe elements, items, or goods, which are geared towards preserving or bettering the environment for future generations. While it can be argued that other culinary trends such as the farm-to-table movement and improving business energy efficiency are included within the idea of being environmentally sustainable, it is worthwhile for businesses to consider each trend separately when deciding how to run a restaurant.
Why be Environmentally Sustainable?
When faced with the task of processing and responding to the facts about the detrimental state of the environment, many become concerned. Large industries and businesses have a huge impact on the environment, and therefore, each restaurant holds a small share of responsibility. When considering how to run a restaurant, many times business owners focus on how to make profits now, whether than consider how to be environmentally sustainable for the future. However, with the increased focus on the environment, restaurant businesses can benefit from being a “green restaurant” with sustainable food, among other environmentally
At TigerChef, we listen to our customers and keep our finger on the pulse for the newest food trends and restaurant trends. TigerChef’s customers sent us their opinions of the hottest food trends in 2014, and we are are sharing them. These ideas are sure to impact restaurant trends, and the way innovative chefs conduct their business. Enjoy reading about them in our newest infographic!