Monthly Archives: September 2017

October Food Holidays


Pumpkin spice isn’t the only flavor celebrated in October. From classy red wine to tasty candy corn, you can use these special October food holidays to celebrate the coming of fall all month long.

October 1 
National Pumpkin Spice Day

October 2
National Fried Scallops Day

October 3
National Caramel Custard Day

October 4 
National Taco Day

October 5
National Apple Betty Day

October 6 
National Noodle Day

October 7
National Frappe Day

October 8
National Fluffernutter Day

October 9
National Hoagy Day

October 10
National Angel Food Cake Day

October 11
National Sausage Pizza Day

October 12
Pumpkin Pie Day

October 13
National M&M Day

October 14
National Dessert Day

October 15 
National Red Wine Day

October 16 
National World Food Day

October 17 
National Pasta Day

October 18 
National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 19
National Seafood Bisque Day

October 20 
National Brandied Fruit Day

October 21
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

October 22 
National Nut Day

October 23 
National Boston Cream Pie Day

October 24 
National Bologna Day

October 25
National Greasy Foods Day

October 26 
National Pumpkin Day

October 27
National Potato Day

October 28
National Chocolate Day

October 29
National Oatmeal Day

October 30
National Candy Corn Day

October 31
National Caramel Apple Day

Restaurant Color Schemes


Thinking about repainting the interior of your restaurant? Before choosing a new color scheme, consider how you want your customers to feel when dining. Colors can easily provide a sense of atmosphere and even evoke different emotions in your diners. Use these tips to keep your customers coming back for more with the proper color scheme to fit your unique atmosphere.

  • Red

While red is commonly known as a color that provokes hunger, these shades may not be right for every restaurant setting. The color red can not only increase heart rate and blood pressure, but also increase impulse eating. Therefore, a red color scheme often works well for fast food restaurants, but fine dining establishments may want to avoid this theme so their guests can relax and enjoy their meals slowly.

  • Green & Brown

Casual dining and health-focused dining establishments can benefit from the calming, earthy color combination of green and brown. These natural colors communicate a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere to your diners. However, darker locations with less lighting, like bars, do not benefit from this soft color palette.

  • Orange & Yellow

Incorporating orange and yellow colors into your foodservice operation’s space can provide a cheerful atmosphere that customers love to visit again and again. These bright, warm tones promote happiness and cheerfulness in guests, making them feel more attached to the dining space. This upbeat color scheme can even make guests feel less guilty about indulging in sweet desserts.

  • Orange & Green

Emphasizing the natural colors of foods and vegetables, orange and green make a successful color combination in vegan or vegetarian restaurants. This happy color scheme creates a fresh, relaxing atmosphere for diners focused on health and wellness. However, restaurants which primarily serve meats, like steakhouses, should steer clear of this bright color palette.

  • Blue & Purple

Blue and purple evoke the feeling of running water and aquatic themes, making them suitable color options for seafood or hibachi restaurants. Additionally, bars can benefit from this cool, relaxing color combination since these colors evoke greater feelings of thirst, encouraging guests to purchase more drinks. However, blue and purple are both considered atypical color choices in regular dining spaces since these hues are not complimentary to most cuisine types.

Pumpkin Smoothie


Can’t get enough pumpkin-flavored sweets and treats every autumn? Include this easy-to-make pumpkin smoothie recipe into your seasonal drink menu selections to satisfy true pumpkin lovers. With only four ingredients, this simple pumpkin smoothie recipe makes it easy to celebrate the changing season.


  • 16 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Place the pumpkin puree in a freezer bag. Freeze for at least 24 hours.
  2. Heat the bag of pumpkin puree in the microwave for approximately 1 to 2 minutes on high power to soften.
  3. Pour the milk into a blender. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin.
  4. Blend until smooth and serve.