Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Tips for Your Restaurant

It’s Halloween everyone! Time to bring out the pumpkins, red juices for blood and delicious, creepy bat cookies that everyone secretly loves. Yes, it’s that time of the year again when you can be outwardly creative with the food you serve. And no one will mind because you’re actually doing it because of an event.

To celebrate the event with the rest of the country, here are some Halloween ideas that you can use for your restaurant.

Scary Food

Scary Food

Ah, who doesn’t like scary food on Halloween? Don’t let your dessert chef miss out on the fun of designing gross cupcakes, it’s always the bestsellers at this time of the year. Some popular Halloween food from last year includes skeleton cupcakes where you can use licorice, pretzels and marshmallows to make up the skeletons, gingerbread cookies which are always a classic for Halloween events and spaghetti topped with the words “boo” made out of cheese. Scary? Cute! Especially on a special holiday like Halloween.

Printed Scary Supplies

If you’ll be serving scary food, you also have to make everything else look scary. It’s just once a year, so splurge a little to give your customers a nasty, but fun surprise. Take the time to print scary images on your custom beverage napkins. Maybe use images of body parts? Of course, it’ll be gross. But people like grossing themselves out, especially during Halloween. You can also upgrade your logo to look extra scary on Halloween. Google does this to their logo every year, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do too. Print special paper cups and plates for the holiday and serve food using those special plates. Your restaurant will be extra scary if you convince people with scary supplies.

Halloween Cups

Decorate the Restaurant

Now it’s time to decorate the restaurant. This is the fun part for the people who don’t work in the kitchen. Decorating the restaurant is a lot of work. You can set your own theme, but if you’ll be going for a traditional Halloween, images and statues like the Scare face, lighted pumpkins and fake skeletons are always popular. Spider webs may be icky, so you need to be sure that they are plastic and not in any way real or in danger of breaking the health food code. Maybe you can even rent Halloween costumes for the waiters!

Halloween is a holiday for many people. Make the most of it by giving your customers something they’d enjoy.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Creating a Catering Business – Will it Work for You?

Businesses aren’t easy to put up. Just because you have the money doesn’t mean that your business will work out well for you. This is the same with a catering business. It’s not about the money, but more on the experience and how well you can handle the business. So before you take on a catering business of your own, you need to know if this business is right for you.


How do you know if a catering business will work well for you? Here are some things you need to have in order to make a catering business work.

1. Love for food and cooking

Are you starting a catering business just for the money? You’ll probably strike out after a few years. But if you actually love food and cooking, you’ll go farther than you ever thought you would. Your business should rely heavily on your passion. If you are passionate and cooking and providing good food, then catering is definitely a business that you can thrive on in the future. Liking food is not enough. If you really want to make your catering business last, loving the art of cooking will also be helpful.

2. Good at food and cooking

Well, if you love cooking, you’re definitely a good candidate for a catering business. However, are you actually GOOD at cooking? Because love isn’t enough when you’re in a business. Cooking is a skill and if you cannot produce delicious food, it might be easier to get a different chef to partner up with or at least, get more experience in cooking better food.

3. Experience

As a head chef, it’s always best to have experience in different kinds of food. If you’re in a catering business, there’s a big possibility that you’ll be cooking for different people who have different tastes. Be open to other cuisines. Test your skills and abilities. The more experience you have, the better for your business. Besides, you can’t just cook one dish for every catering job you have.

4. Business-minded

You also need to be business minded to make this work. Do you even want your own business? Are you even ready for all the responsibilities? Businesses are a lot of hard work and you need to be dedicated to your craft. If you really want a business, then go for it. But if you only love cooking, then you need someone who actually loves and understands businesses to make the other half of your business work. There’s a whole other side of business like buying equipment, getting printed plates, custom beverage napkins and ensuring that your supplies are all marked for your business. If you have no idea about this side of your company, partner up with someone who does. This way, you can focus on your cooking, and they can focus on the business.

Monday, October 15, 2012

How to Start Your Own Catering Business

Are you ready to branch out into the catering industry? If a restaurant is not your type of food business, then maybe owning a catering business will be slightly easier. Without all the expenses and physical maintenance required by a restaurant, a catering business should be as stressful, but possibly less expensive than owning a restaurant.

Catering for Events

How do you start your own catering business?

1. Research, research, research.

You cannot start any business without doing any research. You should be open to doing some research first before you even display a sign outside your house that you do catering. If you don’t, you might end up undermining the business of catering. If you really want to know what it’s like to cater, you should get your own experience first. When it comes to catering, there are a lot of jobs to fulfill. You need to know what these jobs are so you can be prepared. A good catering business usually takes on the serving and preparation of food. What else does it involve? By doing a thorough research on the industry, you would know what to expect from owning a catering business.

2. Logistics and expenses

Once you have an idea of the things you need and the things that need to be done, you can now start planning the things you will need. First of all, you need a kitchen to cook the food. Do you have your own licensed kitchen? Do you have enough space for 3 – 5 chefs running around trying to get everything done. Do you have the equipment to make the food? Besides that, you’ll also need to consider everything outside too. Do you have waiters and waitresses? Do you have the money to print your own custom beverage napkins? Buy nice plates and utensils? Do you have the platters and huge bowls to serve the food during the event? If not, then you will need to rent.

3. Packaging

Now, when you have the prices all worked out, you need to create your own packages to be presented to the customers. Create a package for a wedding event or maybe an evening celebration. Make a package for budgeted events. Create another for splurge packages. The more choices you can give your customers, the better for your business.

4. Contacts and networking

Once you have everything settled, you need to get your customers. How? By networking, you can tell everyone about your business. Go to weddings. Meet event and wedding planners, because they are really helpful when it comes to finding you business. Word of mouth is a powerful marketing strategy for industries like catering. Get people to know your business by giving them a business card. Even if you’re a start-up, you can get quick business by giving people your business card.

Monday, October 8, 2012

5 Things a Restaurant Cannot Work Without

Who knew building a restaurant is so hard, right? Well, it is. And before you open up your restaurant, you should know the 5 things that your restaurant will never survive without.


1. Tableware – will always be the most important factor of any restaurant. Even if you’re only handling a food truck business, you’ll still need the right type of tableware. Now, before you go off choosing just about any kind of tableware for your restaurant, you need to consider a few things. One, always know the place and location of your restaurant. If you happen to be serving in front of a building without any concrete restaurant, you might want to settle on paper cups and plates. You can also choose to have fiber plates or boxes if the customers will be taking their food to go. However, if you have your own place to eat at, you can buy good tableware to use and re-use.

2. Utensils and accessories – if tableware is important to a restaurant’s everyday functions, so are the utensils and accessories. Tableware and most utensils usually come together. But if you want to establish your brand, you can also choose to have custom beverage napkins made and print logos on your utensils. You can have your tableware printed too, but of course, that may be a little more expensive.

3. Kitchen equipment – no restaurant can survive without the right equipment. A restaurant cannot serve without tableware and utensils. But if you don’t have any equipment to cook in, you might as well not run a restaurant too. Buy safe kitchen equipment for your staff. If you want them to cook well, you might as well give them the best equipment to use.

Tables and Chairs

4. Tables and chairs – even most food trucks have plastic tables and chairs for their customers. People like to eat sitting down so it’s always a good idea to have something prepared for your customers. Plastic tables and chairs are okay for smaller food businesses. But if you’re hoping to sell food with a more expensive price and taste, then you should be able to provide your customers with a good atmosphere too. Creating a comfortable environment for your customers is always a good addition for your restaurant’s reputation.

5. Other supplies – besides the essentials, you’ll also need other supplies that may be beneficial to the processes of your restaurant. Things such as tissues, paper towels, soap or tissue dispensers will also be helpful in running your restaurant.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

10 Characteristics of a Good Restaurant

It’s really hard to build your own restaurant. There are several factors that you have to consider in order to make sure that you run a good restaurant. If you want to run a good restaurant, you need to ensure that it has these 10 characteristics.

what makes a good restaurant?

1. Delicious food – every restaurant needs to be able to serve good food. The basis of their success is highly dependent on how good the food is. If they can ensure delicious food for their customers, then the restaurant is on their way to success. In order to know if the food you serve is delicious, it’s always best to get a second opinion from random people. That way, you get actual reviews without any biased opinions.

2. Long list of food – sometimes having a variety of food to serve is better than a limited menu. If a customer doesn’t like one dish, they can always pick out another dish.

3. Courteous customer service – in a restaurant, the product (or food) is the cream of the crop. But without good customer service, it will not last long. The whole staff has to be courteous, friendly and helpful so that the customers will feel invited and comfortable within the restaurant. If you can pull off both good food and customer service, you can be sure that your restaurant will last for many years.

4. Affordable prices – if you have a middle-range market, you cannot serve food with sky-high prices. They have to be affordable enough so that the people in the community will be able to afford your food. Otherwise, you’re looking forward to many days of no customers.

5. Cleanliness – restaurants go through health checks regularly. If your restaurant cannot pass a monthly health and security check, you’ll be forced to close your business. Besides, no one likes a dirty restaurant. Even if it’s not time for the health inspector to come along, the restaurant should always be spotlessly clean.

6. Something different – it can be hard for a restaurant to stand out among the crowd. If you really want to attract people to your restaurant, give them something different. Give them a unique experience.

7. Comfortable and beautiful surroundings – restaurants have to make their customers comfortable. They can do this by creating a comfy atmosphere within the restaurant. They can use a theme, maybe even decorate the place.

8. Branding – if a restaurant wants to go big, they have to start branding themselves. Use custom beverage napkins or printed plates so that people will recognize their logo. They should be open to marketing their restaurant so they can reach more people.

9. Safe kitchen equipment – it’s not just about the customers. Restaurants also have to make sure that their staff is safe. Having safe kitchen equipment is essential to ensuring the safety of those who work in the kitchen.

10. On time service – no customer likes waiting for their food. It’s important that a restaurant limits the time they have for cooking so that they don’t keep the customers waiting. However, they also have to make sure that they’re not sacrificing quality as well.