If you are wondering what the most popular foods are during quarantine and which takeout menu items customers are craving in the wake of the coronavirus, you have come to the right place. In this guide, we will reveal the key ingredients to restaurant menu success during COVID-19 and provide specific tips, strategies, and recipe ideas that will help your food-and-beverage operation not only stay afloat but rise above the competitive pack and even thrive and grow.
If you are looking for a way to boost restaurant profits, instead of thinking new foods, think: Tea, Glorious Tea! In addition to the fact that tea is the world’s second-most popular drink (next to water), and that tea represents a $10 billion industry in the U.S. alone and a $38.8 billion industry globally, specialty teas are the new cash bonanza.
From cakes, puddings, and parfaits to salads, entrées, and main courses, mason jar desserts and meals (aka food-in-a-jar) have become some of the hottest-selling items in the restaurant and catering service businesses. Taking the concept of canning jars to new and highly imaginative heights, professional chefs and bakers are jumping aboard the mason jar bandwagon, creating single-serving, portable, convenient, and highly Instagram-able servings of their customers’ favorite recipes.
If wine appears on your eatery’s menu, then put “get know your bubblies” at the top of your to-do list! Although more global wine varieties exist than you or your bartender can count, the good news is that becoming familiar with the top three in-demand sparkling wines (aka sparklers) will put you and your restaurant, catering business, or other eatery in good standing. The mighty threesome are: Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco.
More than ever before, restaurants and consumer health can be said to go hand-in-hand. With the number of meals and snacks eaten outside the home versus those prepared at home on the rise, and with restaurant industry sales booming, restaurants’ role in the diets of the American public has never been so significant and more importantly — so influential.
Christmas is around the corner, and that’s great news for coffee shop owners and any foodservices that includes coffee on their menu. Coffee consumption tops the charts in the hot beverage industry, with a whopping 69% of Americans drinking two or more cups of java per day and an estimated $40 billion spent on coffee annually.
Rooftop bars have taken al fresco dining to new, previously unthinkable heights, changing the face of global skylines and revolutionizing the landscape of the food-and-beverage industry. Surging in popularity, especially among millennials, rooftop bars and restaurants are appearing everywhere – in major cities across the United States (New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington, D.C.) and as far away as London, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Bangkok, and Beijing.
Did you know that updating your restaurant tablecloths and other linens can breathe new life into your business? If you thought your choice of commercial table coverings were yesterday’s news, think again! Despite an age where the sleek and modern often prevail, research indicates that traditional table toppers are far from obsolete.
Pop-up restaurants are thriving, literally popping up everywhere and catering to consumers who clamor for out-of-the-box, exciting, novel, and ‘different’ dining experiences. While they are currently trending in the food industry, this informal dining concept actually harkens back to the underground speakeasy clubs of the prohibition-era, followed by the popular high-end ‘supper club’ dining destinations, where the social aspect of the gathering was just as important as the food itself.
With food pre-ordering and takeout dining on the rise, the restaurant industry is enhancing its digital ordering capabilities and creating new-and-improved collection options. Convenience is the name of the game in the mobile era, and what could be more convenient for customers than ordering food directly from their phone?