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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.


5 Tips For Planning Catering For A Big Event

If you are putting on a big event where you will have over a hundred people in attendance, you will need to plan your catering carefully so that you can satisfy everyone.

1. Skip the Buffet

With a large group, many people tend to a buffet to serve everyone. However, with a significant event, a buffet is not always the best way to go. With a buffet, people have to stand and wait in line for food.

The caterer also has to worry about food temperature and keeping food within a safe temperature. Instead, go for a seated dinner, or you can go for family-style where you have bigger tables and food already sat on the tables, which is a little easier to control than a standard buffet.

2. Go for Food That Doesn't Have to Be Hot

When building your menu, don't put too many items on the menu that have to be served hot. Avoid food that doesn't have to be piping hot to taste good. You will want to stick to foods that taste good when they are served warm or cold. You want the food to be tasty no matter what temperature it is served at.

3. Go for Extras

When ordering food, you should always go for a little extra. It is better to order a little more food and have some extras to eat than to be short on food and have hungry attendants. Always add a little extra food to ensure that everyone is satisfied at the end of the event. You don't want people to leave your event hungry.

4. Hire Serving Staff

With a big event, you will not want to put the burden of serving the food on yourself. Instead, you are going to want to hire serving staff as well. The catering company should be able to provide you with catering staff. You will want to have at least a few servers for bringing out and removing food and a bartender for serving the drinks.

5. Go for a Signature Drink

For a big event, you are going to want to have a signature drink to serve. Having one or two signature cocktails will make serving your guests easier and less complicated than having an open bar. By offering a few signature cocktails, you will not have to stock an open bar, but instead, you will still be able to offer your guests an alcoholic option.

When it comes to planning catering for a big event, skip the buffet, go for food that doesn't have to be served piping hot, order extras, choose a signature drink, and hire serving staff to make things easier.