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 make it easier for the staff and ensure a minimum order by each customer. Such options should be discussed now, allowing the planning to be finished well in advance of the most hectic time of holiday season business.
Holidays are a great time to improve restaurant menus and advertise a business. Customers will be interested in seeing how chefs deal with the challenge of making the creative, temporary menu. People are more likely to dine out during this time of year, as they are busy with home preparations and shopping for the holiday season, which leaves less time to prepare meals at home. Businesses can ensure that customers choose their business over others by offering convenience and fun dishes that will recall the holiday season.