Monthly Archives: September 2016

Pumpkin Spice Season

Today is the first day of fall which means pumpkin spice season is here! From coffee to cocktails and desserts there are many ways to attract new customers with pumpkin spice. Use these recipes from Monin to add pumpkin spice beverages to your menu.


Creamy Pumpkin Pie Martini
Yields 6 oz

½ oz coffee liqueur
½ oz Irish cream liqueur
1 oz vodka
¾ oz Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup
¼ oz half & half
pumpkin pie spice for garnish


  1. Combine ingredients in shaker in the order listed.
  2. Cap and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into chilled serving glass.
  4. Garnish.


Iced Pumpkin Latte
Yields 12 oz

3 oz. milk
½ oz. Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1 shot espresso
Monin Caramel Sauce, Pumpkin Pie Spice and Whipped Cream for Garnish


  1. Combine ingredients in shaker in the order listed.
  2. Cap and shake vigorously.
  3. Pour into serving glass.
  4. Garnish.





Time Saving Gadgets

Love to cook and eat? If so, consider yourself a foodie. As fellow foodies, we know how much you love making new recipes and trying new food. We also understand that cooking doesn’t always go as planned and can be extremely time consuming. Many recipes require 2-4 hours (or more) to prepare and cook, but even when you love to cook it’s still hard to set aside that much time for one meal. We have put together a list of time saving kitchen gadgets to help you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family.

Food Processor
Shred, dice, and puree with one tool. Make sauces, doughs and chop ingredients quickly with the press of a button.

Dicing and grating by hand is time consuming. Use a mandoline to get consistent, fast results every time.

Glass Bowls
Prepping, mixing, serving and heating is easy with glass bowls. They help to keep things organized and come in a variety of sizes to meet the needs of any job.

Slow Cooker
Prep your meals before work and come home to a hot meal that’s ready to serve.

Lodge Hot Handle Holder
Protect your hands and avoid trying to find hot pads. Simply place the hot handle holder on the handle before cooking and remove once you are done. Place it in the dishwasher for quick clean up.

Flexible Cutting Board
Simply chop, fold and transport ingredients with one cutting board. Use color coded boards to reduce cross contamination and to avoid washing one board multiple times during a single recipe.

Instant Thermometer
Most instant read thermometers offer an accurate reading in less than 7 seconds and can be used for meats, liquids and more.

Slice apples, eggs, fruits and other foods with a wedger for uniform slices.

National Beer Lover’s Day

Serving craft beer is an easy way to boost your sales and attract new customers. Craft beer sales have steadily increased over the past year and now represent 21% of the overall beer market. By adding craft beer to you menu, you will show customers that you support your local community and enjoy providing your customers with a unique experience. When choosing craft beer for you menu remember a few things:

1. Choose beers that complement the season and climate.
Hot summer days and dark beers don’t typically go well together. Choose these beers for the cold months and fruity light beers for the summer months.

2. Use craft beer to enhance the food you serve.
Make sure your staff knows which beers are best served with specific cuisines.  For example, Porters shouldn’t be paired with salads, and Pilsners go great with salmon. Educate your staff to help your customers have the best experience possible.

 3. Use the correct glassware when serving craft beer.
Using the correct type of glass will allow you to charge more for the drink. If you’re not sure how to choose the best glassware for your beer, use our Craft Beer Basics flyer to learn the essentials about each type of beer glass and shop by product type.