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February 2016 Food Holidays

Feb Food HolidaysFood holidays are a great opportunity to promote your restaurant and attract new business. Create promotions for certain food holidays and use marketing strategies to increase customer awareness. Food holidays come in many varieties and can apply to every type of food service establishment. With February right around the corner, use next month as an opportunity to create new traditions and increase your customer base. Here are a few February food holidays to think about:

February 1 • National Cake Pops Day

February 2 • National Tater Tot Day

February 3 • National Carrot Cake Day 

February 4 • National Homemade Soup Day

February 5 • National Frozen Yogurt Day

February 6 • National Chopsticks Day 

February 7 • National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

February 8 • National Potato Lover’s Day

February 9 • Pizza Pie Day

February 10 • National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

February 11 National Peppermint Patty Day

February 12 • National PB&J Day

February 13 • National Tortellini Day | National “Italian Food” Day

February 14 ❤ National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

February 15 • National Chewing Gum Day

February 16 • National Almond Day

February 17 • National Cafe’ Au Lait Day

February 18 • National Drink Wine Day

February 19 • National Chocolate Mint Day

February 20 • National Muffin Day

February 21 • National Sticky Bun Day| National Biscuits and Gravy Day

February 22 • National Margarita Day

February 23 • National Banana Bread Day

February 24 • National Tortilla Chip Day

February 25 • National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day | National Clam Chowder Day

February 26 • National Pistachio Day

February 27 • National Chili Day | National Strawberry Day | National Kahlua Day

February 28 • National Chocolate Souffle Day

February 29 • National Frog Legs Day

Customize these food holidays to complement your menu and add creativity to your marketing plans.  Food holidays create a sense of urgency since the holiday only lasts for 24 hours. Use innovative strategies to advertise these promotions as 24 hour sales or celebrations. Be creative with these and you will see great results!

 

National Popcorn Day

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Today is National Popcorn Day! Adding popcorn to your appetizer or desert menu can add variety and uniqueness to your foodservice operation. Unique menu items can also help to turn first time customers into repeat customers. The best part about it: pretty much everyone, young or old, loves popcorn!

1157694_1010201480745_fullPopcorn is one of the most profitable snack items available. If you have a fine or casual dining restaurant, focus on presentation. Use products like the VerTerra Natural Wood Rectangular Tray or a serving platter and top the popcorn with garnishments to make it look like it belongs in your restaurant. If you are worried about cluttering your menu, simply put popcorn as one item and list optional flavors.

DSC01812-700x700Use these recipes to add some variety to your menu. This is one of our favorite dessert recipes:

Mud Buddy Popcorn:
½ cup popcorn kernels
½ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup peanut butter
1 dash of vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar 

Pop kernels – melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together – stir melted ingredients into popcorn – stir in a dash of vanilla – sprinkle in powdered sugar & stir/shake.

Give your customers a unique dining experience and make popcorn a staple in your restaurant!

Countdown to Thanksgiving: 2 Days

The countdown to Thanksgiving is flying by! The big holiday is 2 days away, and the stores are crazy! As long as you have been following our blog and keeping up with your Thanksgiving checklist, then this week should be a breeze.

  • Tip #1: Pick up your perishable items. Whenever you have a free minute, head to the grocery store and grab your fresh items. Do this as soon as possible since the stores are going to be packed.
  • Tip #2: Plan how to cook your turkey. If you are using a roaster like the one we suggested in our Countdown to Thanksgiving: 2 Weeks post, follow these cooking times below. If you are stuffing your turkey, add half an hour to the cook times suggested below. Make sure to let the turkey cool before you cut it. If a turkey is too hot, it will tend to shred instead of slice.

Turkey Cooking Times

  • Tip #3: Prepare food ahead of time. Now is the time to make your veggie trays and salads ahead of time. This will save some you some time on Thursday morning.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and remember to relax!