Monthly Archives: August 2017

September Food Holidays


Throughout the month of September, you can celebrate the beginning of fall with these food holidays. Many of the food holidays from the list highlight indulgent eats and classic treats which make a great addition to any seasonal menu. Feature these September food holidays at your restaurant this month to keep your customers satisfied and coming back for more.

September 1
National Gyro Day

International Bacon Day

September 3
National Baby Back Ribs Day

September 4
National Macadamia Nut Day

September 5
National Cheese Pizza Day

September 6
National Coffee Ice Cream Day

September 7
National Beer Lover’s Day

September 8
National Date-Nut Bread Day

September 9
National “I Love Food” Day

September 10
National Hot Dog Day

September 11
National Hot Cross Bun Day

September 12
National Chocolate Milkshake Day

September 13
National Peanut Day

September 14
National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day

September 15
National Linguini Day

September 16
National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day

September 17
National Apple Dumpling Day

September 18
National Cheeseburger Day

September 19
National Butterscotch Pudding Day

September 20
National Punch Day

September 21
National Pecan Cookie Day

September 22
National Ice Cream Cone Day

September 23
National White Chocolate Day

September 24
National Cherries Jubilee Day

September 25
National Food Service Workers Day

September 26
National Key Lime Pie Day

September 27
National Chocolate Milk Day

September 28
National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

September 29
National Coffee Day

September 30
National Mulled Cider Day

The Grocerant Evolution


Grocery stores are beginning to compete with fast casual and fast food establishments by introducing their new concept of the “grocerant” in select locations. This new dining phenomenon began catching traction when supermarkets converted small parts of their stores into full-service restaurants. The new grocerants attract attention from guests who enjoy the convenience of dining before or after hitting the grocery aisles.

The addition of grocerants began as an extension of in-store delicatessens, but have since expanded into full-size eateries with waiters and waitresses. The meal availability at grocerants differs by location and includes various cuisine types, such as pizza, fresh-made sushi, and even full bars. Billions of guests dine in grocerants every year and take advantage of the convenient eateries during their shopping trips, making this growing trend a profitable avenue for supermarkets.

As a result of the new grocerants, the lines between supermarkets and the restaurant industry have become blurred. Because of the increasing popularity of grocerants, stand-alone restaurants have stepped up their serving techniques to remain competitive, like changing marketing tactics or revamping menu offerings. Keep your own foodservice establishment versatile with the growing trend of grocerants by researching the competition in your area and adjusting your business practices to remain profitable.

The Best Banana Bread


Add an easy, low-cost banana bread recipe to your menu to increase your profits. This tasty recipe is easy-to-follow and can be made with simple ingredients. You can make larger loaves to cut and sell by the slice to make an easy addition to any customer purchase. Similarly, consider having pre-packaged mini loaves in a display near the registers to increase impulse purchases as well. Pair the banana bread with custom or specialty drink recipes from your existing menu for a delicious treat your customers can’t resist.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan or use smaller pan sizes for mini loaves.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a small bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork. Mix the milk and cinnamon with the mashed bananas.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake approximately 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Keep in mind, bake times may vary when using small loaf pans.
  7. Set aside to cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack, and cool completely before slicing.