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Plan your Christmas Menu Early: Timing is Everything

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As November draws near, savvy restaurants are already gearing up for the holiday rush. Did you know that businesses with sizable budgets are actively scouting for the trendiest restaurants flaunting captivating holiday menus? If you're not in the game yet, you might just miss out on these lucrative opportunities.

Staying ahead of the curve isn't just about anticipation; it's about preparation. Rolling out a festive menu promptly ensures you're ahead of the game. By laying out your holiday offerings in advance, you not only entice early-bird planners but also set the tone for what your patrons can expect for the season.

In this guide, you'll discover the secrets to attracting top-tier bookings, learn how to leverage the festive spirit to your advantage, and see why crafting that impeccable holiday menu can truly transform your season.

Pricing Strategy: The Ingredient Play

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In today's discerning dining landscape, quality isn't just a buzzword—it's a demand. When it comes to dining out, people want quality food that's worth their money.1 So, if you're running a restaurant, you need to make sure your food is up to scratch! A foundation built on premium ingredients not only satisfies this demand but also allows for pricing flexibility. By spotlighting high-end ingredients in your menu, you position your restaurant as a destination for those seeking culinary excellence, and in doing so, open the door to more robust pricing options. 

Marketing Tactics: Broaden Your Horizon

While crafting a stellar holiday menu is just step one, the real trick is ensuring it reaches the right eye and entices potential diners. The best approach? Blend the holiday season's charm with effective marketing. Start by giving your menu that special holiday touch- think elegant design, festive highlights, and appetizing visuals. Then, seamlessly integrate this festive feel into your website, highlighting your holiday specials right on the landing page with an engaging banner. This not only communicates your readiness for the season but is your first step in attracting those essential holiday bookings.

Now, once that's done, here are some more pro tips to ensure a full house:

  • Reach Out for Help: As a restaurateur, a graphic designer might not be the first hire that comes to mind. Yet, the power of visual branding is undeniable. From refining your menu’s aesthetics to creating enticing promotional material, the right design can make all the difference.

    For one-off projects or cost-effective solutions, consider tapping into freelance platforms, like Fiverr or Pige Québec; they offer access to skilled professionals without the commitment or overhead of an agency. Fancy yourself with an eye for design? Dive into user-friendly programs like Canva. With free or affordable options and ready-to-use templates, crafting holiday materials on your own becomes a breeze.
  • Digital Platforms: Expand your reach by updating platforms like TripAdvisor, Yelp, and OpenTable with your festive offerings. Remember, many diners decide based on online reviews and updated menus.
  • In-House Promotions: Leverage physical touchpoints. Strategic placement of posters and the inclusion of flyers in take-out orders can spark interest from walk-ins and regulars.
  • Showcase Your Offerings: In today's digital age, video reigns supreme on platforms like TikTok and Instagram. Short-form videos, especially those highlighting the assembly of your fancy holiday recipes, can capture attention and drive traffic. But don't forget, a well-captured image of your holiday dishes still holds immense power. Feature these visuals prominently across your social media channels, enticing diners with every mouthwatering post.
  • Target the Prime Slots: Prioritize and promote for those high-demand Thursday and Friday nights in November and December. These are golden slots in the festive season, so make them count!

The right mix of strategy and presentation can ensure your restaurant remains the top choice for festive dining.

Elevate Experience: Personal Touches

Going that extra mile matters. Whether it's a unique cheese-infused dessert or a personalized platter, these gestures make patrons remember their experience. By integrating personal elements into your service, you not only ensure repeat visits but also turn customers into brand ambassadors, with their tales of exceptional experiences encouraging others to explore what your establishment has to offer.

The festive season is a gold mine of opportunities. With the right blend of early planning, strategic partnerships, ingredient-focused offerings, and effective marketing, your restaurant can be at the forefront of the holiday rush.

Pro Tip: Elevate Your Menu with the Deluxe Cheese Box!

Seeking a standout addition to your festive menu? Here's a pro tip: Opt for a curated cheese selection such as the Deluxe Cheese Box. It seamlessly brings together distinguished cheeses, ensuring a premium dining experience while saving you valuable prep time.

Why It's a Game-Changer:

  • Diverse delights in one box: From the creamy La Sauvagine to the richly textured Roasted Red Pepper Topped Goat Cheese, experience six carefully handpicked cheeses, each offering its unique melody of textures and flavours.

  • Date night or group night, we've got you: Whether it's a romantic date night or a gathering of close friends, the Deluxe Cheese Box adapts. With just one box, you can craft anywhere from 8-10 intimate platters to 4-5 offerings for larger groups.

  • Hosting a major event? This is your ace card! Whether it's a wedding or a corporate event, this box is your secret weapon. Whip up large-scale cheese boards that not only impress in taste but are also a treat for the eyes, all while being cost-efficient.

  • Beyond the board: While a cheese board is classic, these selections aren't restricted to it. Picture pasta enriched with Bella Lodi, salads sprinkled with Lady Laurier d'Arthabaska, or pizzas layered with Cathedral City Mature Cheddar. The culinary possibilities are simply endless!


So, as you prepare your festive menu, remember: a touch of luxury, convenience, and versatility is just a Deluxe Cheese Box away.

1Technomic, Ignite Menu, 2022

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