Tis The Season To Plan Ahead – Foodservice Menu Planning For The Holidays


For the foodservice industry, the holidays are prime time to showcase their skills and push their business forward. To get ready for the busy season, foodservice professionals must strategize ways to impress their customers with their expertise. There are several things to consider, including an enticing holiday menu, choosing the right supplies, and staying on top of food trends. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Create an Appetizing Holiday Menu

Foodservice professionals need to incorporate comfort food during the holidays. When you think about Thanksgiving or Christmas, you probably picture items like ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, peas, stuffing, etc. People expect these hearty foods around the holidays, so why not give them what they want? As a business owner, it’s the opportune time to offer braised meats and baked goods that people look forward to each year. You don’t have to change your entire menu, but by offering a few specialty dishes you can make sure you stand out to your customers.

One aspect you might not have considered is the arrangement of your menu. Performance Magazine suggests placing the most profitable items on top of your menu, as people are drawn to the tops and bottoms of each section. Create interesting and appealing descriptions of your menu items as this is your customer’s main selling point to your food.

Keep Up With The Latest Trends

According to the Food Network, there are several food trends to look out for in 2020. By following some of these trends, foodservice professionals have a basis on how they can adapt their holiday menus to get the interest of their customers. For example, one of the trends is plant-based eating. This involves dishes that emphasize no meat or meat-based products. When creating a holiday menu, chefs may consider dishes such as “turkey” derived from plant sources, a hearty salad that contains nutritional hearty ingredients, and sugar substitutes. 

Ensure You Have The Right Supplies

To ensure you create delicious dishes that customers will be happy with, you need the right equipment and supplies. To keep your kitchen and front of house staff running at their top performance you may consider items like:

  • Dishware
  • Glassware
  • Apparel
  • Pots and pans
  • Soup warmers
  • Kettles

By having the right equipment and supplies, you have the capabilities to offer top-level food to your customers. By supplying them with appealing dishware, you can match the ambiance with the restaurant and the food you serve.

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With over 25 years of experience providing superior produce, service, and delivery to meet our client’s needs, we know how to push your business forward. We offer a variety of produce, spices, and meat products to inspire you to create something delicious that will wow the crowd. Contact us today to enhance your foodservice capabilities.

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