Never Be Afraid to Try New Restaurants and Cuisines

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Never Be Afraid to Try New Restaurants and Cuisines

When I was growing up, my mother meat and potatoes for dinner each night. Once a week, we would order pizza from the same pizza place. I never even tried Mexican food until I was 18 years old! I loved it and that led me on a quest to try all of the different types of cuisines out there and I have to say that I love almost all of them. When trying a new cuisine, I don't always love the first dish I try, but I find that after trying a few dishes, I find one that I fall in love with. I think that trying new food frequently can be a great adventure that adds some zest to your life. I plan to post about many foods I have tried and plan to try on my blog, so come back soon!


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Tips For Restaurants That Want To Start Offering Catering

If you own a restaurant and are looking for ways to expand, you may be thinking of adding catering to your list of services. This can be a great move. Customers who have dined in with you in the past will enjoy being able to order your food for their parties and gatherings. As you expand into catering, however, there are a few tips and pieces of advice that are important to consider.

Make sure you have the right equipment

Since you have a restaurant, you already have a lot of equipment you need — such as pots, pans, and cold storage equipment. However, there is some additional equipment you need to make sure you add to your collection. You'll need insulated containers to transport the food in. You'll need serving utensils for your catering staff to take with them. You'll probably also need a few buffet setups with warmers and serving dishes.

Trim down your menu

You will probably want to offer some of the dishes that your restaurant is known for on your catering menu, as this is what will attract your existing customers. However, there are likely to be some menu items that don't really lend themselves to catering. Serving gourmet burgers off-site, for example, can be tough because the buns get soggy. Plus, juggling a really long menu won't be easy for your catering staff when they're just starting out. Select the top 5 to 10 items on your menu that you think will stand up to catering service, and stick with those for the time being.

Hire specific staff

Some members of your restaurant team may want to work catering too, but asking your kitchen staff to take on all of this extra responsibility is a bit much. So, you will want to hire some extra people to just focus on the catering. A separate chef and a few cooks, plus a team or two or three caterers who handle the deliveries and service, tends to be a good place to start. However, every business's needs are different, and you'll need to assess your own staffing needs to determine who you need to hire.

Catering can be a great way to expand your restaurant business. With a little innovation and the tips above, you can be well on your way. You and your restaurant staff will enjoy the variety, and your guests will appreciate it, too.