Category Archives: Holidays

Leapin’ Leprechaun Smoothie

Smoothie

Create some luck on your restaurant’s dessert menu this St. Patrick’s Day by featuring this easy-to-make Leapin’ Leprechaun smoothie recipe from Hamilton Beach. This colorful key lime smoothie only contains five ingredients and takes mere minutes to prepare in a Hamilton Beach blender. This green smoothie is an easy, fun way to bring the luck of the Irish to your restaurant for a seasonal dessert or promotion.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons limeade concentrate
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 (6 oz.) carton key lime yogurt
  • ½ cup vanilla ice cream
  • Green food coloring, optional

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients in order listed into blender.
  2. Cover and blend until smooth.
  3. Optional, garnish with additional fruit.

Serves: 1-2

March Food Holidays

Utensils

March is about to begin! While corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day might define the cuisine for the majority of the month, there are plenty of other unique food holidays to celebrate along the way to satisfy your taste buds. Try these various food celebration days to create an easy, fun feature on your seasonal menu.

March 1

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

March 2

National Banana Cream Pie Day

March 3

National Cold Cuts Day

March 4

National Poundcake Day

March 5

National Cheese Doodle Day

March 6

National Oreo Day

March 7

National Cereal Day

March 8

National Peanut Cluster Day

March 9

National Crab Day

March 10

National Ranch Dressing Day

March 11

National “Eat Your Noodles” Day

March 12

National Milky Way Day

March 13

National Chicken Noodle Soup Day

March 14

National Potato Chip Day

March 15

National Peanut Lovers’ Day

March 16

National Artichoke Heart Day

March 17

National “Eat Like an Irishman” Day

March 18

National Sloppy Joe Day

March 19

National Oatmeal Cookie Day

March 20

National Ravioli Day

March 21

National Crunchy Taco Day

March 22

National Water Day

March 23

National Chips and Dip Day

March 24

National Tortilla Chip Day

March 25

National International Waffle Day

March 26

National Nougat Day

March 27

National World Whisky Day

March 28

National Black Forest Cake Day

March 29

National Chiffon Cake Day

March 30

National Turkey Neck Soup Day

March 31

National Clam Day

National Hamburger Day

Healthy menu options are now required rather than desired. Consumers are becoming more health-conscious and expect to see healthy options at every restaurant. If you have a hamburger business and think it may be challenging to offer healthy varieties, think again. Use this list from Sysco’s Foodie Summer 2016 issue to make your burgers appeal to health-conscious customers.

  1. Meat Varieties Alternate meat options can help to set your burgers apart from your competitors. Try things like ahi tuna, turkey, lamb and bison. Mushrooms can serve as a great meat substitute!
  2.  Cheese, Please! Healthy eating and cheese do actually go together! Thin slices help to cut calories while still providing great flavor. Crumbling cheese is a great way to add another dimension and a little goes a long way!
  3.  Fabulous Flavor Healthy fats and protein help to provide flavor and please your customers. Try offering avocados, salsas and peppers to spice things up.
  4. To Bun or Not to Bun Bun-free options are a great way to stand out and make a name for your restaurant. Burger bowls and lettuce wrapped burgers are extremely trendy right now. For customers who would rather have a bun, include options what are gluten-free or whole grain.
  5. Fresh Trends Locally grown produce is #3 on the National Restaurant Association’s Top 20 Food Trends of 2016. Fresh produce will help to give your customers options and allow them to personalize their food even more. The fresh produce possibilities are endless.