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Candy Cane Meringue Cookies

CandyCane

Looking for a simple holiday treat to impress your guests? These eye-catching candy cane meringue cookies are the perfect addition to your dessert menu. The flavor of sweet peppermint embodies the taste of the season and can easy be paired with specialty hot chocolates or coffees on your menu. Plus, you can package these sweet treats in festive holiday boxes to encourage impulse buys at the register.

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Beat egg whites until frothy.
  3. Beat in sugar, cream of tartar, and salt until stiff peaks form.
  4. Add peppermint extract and swirl in 2 drops red food coloring.
  5. Drop by tablespoonfuls and bake approximately 1 hour.
  6. Turn off the oven and keep meringues inside the unit for 2 hours to dry.

Table Waiting 101

TableWaiting101

Your wait staff members are a direct representation of your business and can make or break your guests’ dining experiences. Therefore, investing in proper training for wait staff can make a big difference in your profit margins. Devote adequate time and supervised practice to training before letting rookie team members take on waiting tables by themselves. Use the quick tips below to start the training process of new wait staff and increase your establishment’s revenue:

  • Look Presentable – Looking tidy and professional is essential to making a great first impression on guests. A clean, neat uniform represents your business in a positive light and makes staff easily recognizable to diners looking for assistance. Shop our selection of fashionable and functional Chef Works uniforms here.
  • Know the Menu – Knowledgeable wait staff makes all the difference. Being familiar with every menu item saves ordering time and allows wait staff to quickly notify guests of potential food allergies in dishes.
  • Suggest Companion Items – From dessert to wine, suggesting additional menu items not only increases revenue, but can introduce customers to a wider variety of menu offerings.
  • Manage & Multitask – Staff members should decrease trips back and forth from the kitchen and tables by combining tasks. Check on tables every few minutes to ensure guests have everything they need to enjoy their dining experiences.
  • Check for Accuracy – Before serving guests’ food, double check the order to make sure the dishes are cooked to their specifications. By employing this method, your wait staff can minimize customer complaints at your establishment.

Restaurant Color Schemes

ColorScheme

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.