Breakfast

Coffee & Breakfast for Dessert?

As a kid, breakfast for dinner was always an incredibly exciting weeknight twist. For students and night shift workers, breakfast 24/7 from fast food restaurants like Jack in the Box has its cachet. But now, breakfast for dessert is what’s on everyone’s mind!

This emerging 2014 food trend adds day-break foods to the modern chef’s weakness for mash-ups and also ties in American’s re-found love for tea! Earl Grey panna cotta is the lighter side of breakfast for dessert; doughnut sundaes are the extreme!

There’s really no way to get it wrong. Creativity is where you’ll find your own hit. Serve any kind of coffee- or tea-infused panna cotta in this modern gelato dish by Libbey. Could chocolate covered bacon be served in a pretty Dobla chocolate cup with some fresh whipped cream and candied nuts. How about serving kids a plate of cookies and milk from an old-fashioned milk bottle or a sundae in a cereal bowl with an assortment of cereals as toppings?

Sustain

Sustainable Choices Please Restaurant Customers

A restaurateur’s take on environmental sustainability is a big part of his or her business’s marketing plan even it’s not intended to be.

Diners and drinkers (63% of them!) say they a more likely to visit restaurants that are environmentally conscious. So, if your business IS participating in earth-friendly activities, make sure your customers are aware. If your business is NOT participating in earthy-friendly activities, well, you may have already lost some customers.

Many food service establishments express their own interest in sustainability through the use of local food suppliers and ownership of their own farms and gardens but, research shows as much as diners appreciate farm-to-table dining, they actually are concerned more with environmental awareness through recycling and re-use.

Restaurants can adopt that earth-friendly behavior without having to sort the trash every night by using compostable products. Stout Eco Safe compostable trash bags and compostable disposables from Eco-Products  and NatureHouse are all attractively-designed products that will keep customers at the local juice shop or diner to-go counter feeling confident their choices (and yours!) are doing as little damage to the environment as possible. Instawares offers entire product lines from these manufacturers at prices that won’t do damage to your budget either.

St. Patrick’s Day Profits

St. Patrick's Day

Is it the luck of the Irish that St. Patty’s is on Monday this year?

Many bars make as much as 1% of their annual sales on St. Patrick’s Day and some bar/restaurant concepts with year ‘round Irish themes average a month’s worth of business on the single-day holiday alone!  Since St. Patty’s Day 2014 falls on a Monday, a lot of celebrations will begin on the Friday before and run through the entire weekend. This week’s Deal of the Week makes it easy to profit from St. Patrick’s Day 2014, which will most likely have your customers partying for several days.

In addition to standard items like pub and beer glasses and pitchers, make sure you are stocked up on essentials like beer glass cleaner, beer drip tray sanitizer strips, and beer tap plugs.

Even if your business is not hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, you can still give customers a taste of the Emerald Isle by creating festive drink and cocktail specials using Monin Premium Irish Cream Syrup.