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Designing The Perfect Menu

Those brand new area rugs and that spiffy dining room paint job might look great, but all customers will remember about your restaurant is the food. Unfortunately, if you design a lackluster menu, your guests might not be tempted to try some of your best dishes. In my twenty years in the restaurant business, I have made some mistakes and had more than a few successes. I want to share the things with you that really work, so that you can enjoy your early days as a restaurant owner. Operating a restaurant is hard, but by heeding the right advice, you can enjoy the journey.


Organic Restaurant Event Catering Ideas

While people generally associate parties with unhealthy food, that doesn't have to be the case. If you're looking to serve your guests food that is both wholesome and delicious, consider having your meals catered by your favorite local organic restaurant.

Eateries that serve up organic treats commonly source their produce, meat and even baked goods from local sources, such as farms or bakeries, for the highest quality and freshest taste. Local foods are also often more nutritious, as they have less distance to travel to your plate. 

Healthy, organic food will work for any type of special event or occasion, including adults' and kids' birthday parties, family and corporate holiday gatherings, anniversary and graduation celebrations, baby and bridal showers, and wedding rehearsals and receptions. Any venue will also be appropriate, and you can even grill a lot of the menu items if you're holding the party in an outdoor space, such as a park.

Depending on your party-planning budget, you can either have the entire meal, from appetizers to desserts, catered by the organic food restaurant, or make some of the treats yourself. You can use the restaurant's menu as recipe inspiration if you go with the latter option.

Here are some more organic food party catering ideas: 

1. Appetizers

If you'd like to incorporate as much organic produce into the menu as you can, a dip and vegetable platter is the way to go. Provide a variety of dips, such as ranch, blue cheese and hummus, as well as cut-up vegetables. Some easy-to-dip options include carrot and celery sticks, cauliflower and broccoli, radishes and cherry tomatoes.

Another way to make good use of selection of produce from a local farmers market is with soups. You either make or have the restaurant whip up carrot and squash, black bean, corn chowder or minestrone soups, which will be both healthy and filling when served alongside a fresh salad. 

2. Main Courses 

If you're hosting an outdoor event, you cant go wrong with grilled skewers filled with organic vegetables, such as portobello mushrooms, eggplant and tomatoes, as well as sustainable harvested seafood, including shrimp and scallops.

As another option, invite guests to make their own meals by setting up a build-your-own taco or burger bar. Use organic beef or vegetarian soy crumbles, organic taco shells or buns, and all of the necessary produce, including lettuce, tomatoes, red or green onions and avocados.