Monthly Archives: March 2017

Tea Time: Two Leaves and a Bud

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Ready to try something a little different than corporate Starbucks brewed tea? Two Leaves and a Bud may just steal your heart with their fresh, creative tea varieties. The tea company has been budding for over a decade now and specializes in its organic and fair trade tea blends. Originating in a small Colorado town, this independent tea company still keeps its quaint feel in their products with whimsical packaging, creative enough to match its multitude of tea blends.

From classic black tea to herbal blends, Two Leaves and a Bud has a tea type that everyone is sure to fall in love with from the first sip. Their tea lines feature organic blends including traditional black, green, herbal, and caffeine free. Two Leaves and a Bud even offers a variety of brewing forms to satisfy your taste buds – in sachet, loose, or paisley packaging form and available in both hot and iced varieties. Two Leaves and a Bud also has a variety pack or sampler boxes to showcase their tea blends. These multipacks are ideal for indecisive customers, gifting for clients, or those wishing to expand their tea palettes.

Additionally, Two Leaves and a Bud’s presentation boxes are perfect for sharing and adding warmth to the tea drinking experience. Instawares offers a filled presentation chest pre-stocked with various tea blends as well as an empty wood chest which can be filled with a custom blend of teas. These presentation boxes can easily showcase teas on the front counter or at the drink station in a foodservice operation. If trying to impress a client, these boxes make an excellent and professional gift that is sure to please both aesthetically and taste-wise. Include Two Leaves and a Bud products at your restaurant today to improve the taste and selection of your tea varieties.

Snack Smart: Roasted Chickpeas

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Are potato chips your go-to afternoon snack? The extra calories from the salty indulgence can have negative effects on your health. However, there is a healthier alternative that still provides a savory taste and satisfactory crunch: roasted chickpeas. With just three simple ingredients and minimal prep time, you can make your own roasted chickpeas. This healthy option is the perfect snack for anytime eating or can be featured as a side dish option on your restaurant’s lunch menu.

Follow the steps below to make your own roasted chickpeas:

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Open can of chickpeas and drain liquid.
  3. Dry the chickpeas off as much as possible with clean dish towels or paper towels.
  4. Douse chickpeas in a generous amount of olive oil – using less will produce a less crispy finished product.
  5. Salt chickpeas to taste.
  6. Spread chickpeas out flat on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, watching to avoid burning the chickpeas.

Experiment with spices like garlic powder, cayenne pepper, or cinnamon to craft your own spin to the roasted chickpeas.

Create a Catering Business

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Creating a stand-alone catering business or one in conjunction with your existing restaurant may seem like a daunting task. However, by taking the process step-by-step, the transition is easier than you think and can help generate more profits for your business. Catering can help grow additional revenue for your restaurant because it allows you to serve a larger audience outside of the traditional brick and mortar store location.

  • To begin the process, research catering companies in the area and how their menus compare to the food selections you would be offering. Start brainstorming the type of food you want to include on a catering menu, possibly one meeting the requirements of a niche food market.
  • Think of menu options that would appeal to an outside group of people and selections that can be prepared on-the-go or easily transferred from different locations. By narrowing down your catering menu, you can decide what type of customer market your catering business would target.
  • Plan to cater smaller events, like bridal showers or small parties, first before tackling ones on a larger scale. Equipment, such as portable ranges and countertop fryers, make catering possible and are essential to keep food quality and safety standards up to par.
  • Often catering businesses are also expected to provide chinaware, utensils, beverage dispensers, and other essential event supplies, not just food. Make it clear to your customers if you plan on providing a food-only service versus a catering company offering more materials for the events.
  • After researching and creating the basic outlines for your catering business, you must obtain the proper licenses from the state to officially begin taking on projects.
  • Get the word out about your blossoming catering business to start a buzz in the local area. Consider making business cards, flyers, or posting on social media to start generating a client base for your catering business. You could even offer local businesses free food samples as a way to generate interest in your newly-formed catering business.

By breaking down the process into several steps, you can start a lucrative catering business with minimal stress on you and your restaurant.