4 Comfort Foods to Heat up Your Customers This Winter

With winter around the corner, it’s time to replace some of your lighter, summer menu items with hearty options to keep diners warm throughout the winter months. In fact, restaurants that offer seasonal menus see a 26 percent uptick in orders compared to restaurants that stick to the same menu year round. Continue reading

Top Podcasts for Restaurateurs

For restaurant owners and operators who might not have enough hours in the day to carve out time for researching the latest trends, podcasts can be the perfect solution. Podcasts are an easy, schedule-friendly way for restaurant leaders to get a quick dose of professional development. Continue reading

How Restaurants Can Market Non-Meal Delivery

It’s easy to organize the average day around three distinct meal times, but few people restrict their eating to just breakfast, lunch and dinner. Between doughnuts, smoothies and handheld wraps, most restaurant menus don’t only target the square-meal crowd either – nor do their delivery services. Continue reading

4 Ways to Make the Most of the Grubhub Restaurant Platform

From order processing software to smart kitchen appliances, new technology is quickly becoming a vital component of restaurants all across the country. In fact, 73 percent of restaurant owners plan on using cutting-edge business technology in the upcoming year. Continue reading

4 Simple Tips for Taking Your Restaurant on the Road

As the weather heats up and summer festivals kick off, now is the ideal time time to tap into the $857 million food truck industry and take your restaurant on the road. Food trucks can help to drum up new business and grow your brand recognition. Continue reading

Are You Ready for These Five Crazy Food Trends?

From modern twists on old classics to lesser-known ingredients just waiting to be discovered, a handful of creative food trends take the culinary world by storm each year. Check out five of the latest food trends to learn how your restaurant can begin attracting diners and critics who are eager to discover what all the buzz is about. Continue reading

5 Ways to Attract Restaurant Critics (and Win Them Over)

Food trends come and go, but one thing that may never fall out of vogue is the power of a positive review from a restaurant critic. Between social media and down-to-the-minute news cycles, a glowing recommendation from a reputable local or national source can travel fast – and be more cost-effective than buying ad space. Continue reading

The 10 Fastest-Growing Restaurant Delivery Items

Restaurant delivery trends change from year to year, and 2015 was no exception. Pulling data from its online ordering system, GrubHub identified the latest trends, including popular items and other key findings. Continue reading

Top U.S. Cities for Vegans and Vegetarians

According to the Vegetarian Times, 7.3 million Americans are vegetarians, while an additional 22.8 million follow a vegetarian-inclined diet. Curious to see which U.S. cities are most likely to order vegetarian and vegan options? Continue reading

Preparing Your Restaurant for Thanksgiving Dinner

For many, Thanksgiving is a holiday synonymous with day-long feasts, food comas and plenty of football. When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, restaurants are playing a bigger role in keeping diners sane and satiated throughout the busy holiday season.

A 2014 poll by NPR found that 55 percent of consumers find cooking for the holidays to be equal parts fun and stressful. Some Thanksgiving hosts looking to take the stress out of cooking turn to local restaurants to supply part or all of the meal.

If you plan to offer delivery or takeout on Thanksgiving, now’s the time to start preparing. Here are a few things to consider as you gear up for holiday orders:

Adjusted service hours

Just because Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday doesn’t mean your restaurant has to keep its typical weekday hours. Online food orders will taper off once diners have had their turkey fix, so closing early – and let employees get home to their own Thanksgiving festivities – is a smart option. If your restaurant usually reserves takeout and delivery for lunch and dinner periods, consider offering those services earlier to accommodate diners before they sit down to watch parades and football games. Also make sure to have enough staff on hand for a midday surge in delivery and takeout orders – including cooks and delivery drivers.

Specialty menu items

While some restaurants open on Thanksgiving may offer a full-course menu with turkey and all the fixings, there are easier ways to incorporate a Thanksgiving theme into your menu. Think of ways to put a seasonal spin on some of your menu staples, such as offering pumpkin ravioli, squash as a pizza topping, or cranberry sauce and gravy as sandwich condiments. Nail down these items sooner rather than later so your kitchen has enough time to stock up on ingredients it doesn’t regularly order.

Targeting the home cook crowd

Another way to attract more online food orders, even on a holiday, is to position your restaurant as a helping hand for busy diners cooking their Thanksgiving meals at home. Promote specific dishes that can be served as appetizers or sides – one less thing the at-home cook needs to worry about when they’re already juggling multiple recipes. If you open early enough, advertise breakfast menu deals to attract hungry home cooks (and provide necessary sustenance) before they begin their marathon dinner prep.

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