When you own a restaurant that does parties, it is essential to have a stellar party menu. It is helpful, also, to be able to pull together a party on short notice. Even when you require a certain amount of time to prepare, it is nice to have options for those needing to pull together a celebration quickly. The key to this is to have a plan for fast and easy foods that you can have ready to go on short notice, but that still “wow” your customers. Here are some things to remember when it comes to having instant food items on standby.
Do Not Compromise Quality Standards
It is possible to have high quality foods quickly if you still do one thing. Keep the quality of the ingredients high. If you are going to be utilizing tools such as the freezer or the microwave, or both, it is necessary to use high quality ingredients that will not lose flavor or texture when frozen or reheated. One key is to make homemade components ahead of time and freeze separately.
For example, if pigs in a blanket are on the menu, try making homemade bread for the “blanket,” and freeze it in batches ready to defrost and rise when needed, rather than buying dough premade and frozen from a supplier. The homemade touch will be worth it.
Simplicity is key to fast and easy food, but adding a small twist that makes it your own can make customers feel as if they having the full service experience. The homemade bread dough mentioned previously is one idea, or if baked goods or sweets are an option, consider using a homemade icing, or dressing up a box mix with an extra egg and some sour cream.
The Freezer Is Your Friend
A lot of fuss is made out of having fresh, not frozen food. While fresh is essential, food that is frozen fresh is very good, can maintain high quality standards, and will allow you to pull together an event with very little notice. A properly stocked freezer and pantry can make all the difference in this area.
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