Best Ways To Cater To Solo Diners

Best Ways To Cater To Solo Diners

The dining scene has surely changed over the years. One of the many noticeable differences is the acceptance of the “solo diner.” Single (or solo) diners are no longer strictly targeting the quick-service restaurant or getting take-out to fulfill their desire and need to eat.

Many of these individuals, which are no longer just business travelers, are now looking for unique dining experiences at casual or even fine dining style restaurants.

For years, many solo diners preferred ordering in because they felt awkward to eat alone at restaurants and restaurateurs, preferred to fill their tables with two or more guests. Eating out alone however, can now be a memorable social experience and many restaurateurs are starting to take notice and adjust their operations accordingly.  

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How Hosting Events At Your Restaurant Can Generate An Additional Revenue Stream

How Hosting Events At Your Restaurant Can Generate An Additional Revenue Stream

You have the square footage, you have the approved capacity, and you have the kitchen. These are the three key ingredients required to host an exclusive or intimate type event at any venue. Whether you have the capacity for 20 or 200 guests, there is an opportunity to generate awareness, revenue, and repeat customers by becoming known within your community for being the ‘best host in town’.

Hosting events are a great way to fill a restaurant on any chosen day or night. From hosting business networking events and office meetings to fundraising events, menu tastings, media launch parties, and ‘paint’ or ‘trivia’ type nights – restaurants have the ability to plan out the most “perfect  event."

Restaurateurs must start to realize that hosting events are a great secondary source of revenue. By strategically planning your own events well ahead of time will position your restaurant to obtain pre-event cash-flow and allow you the opportunity to maximize on labour management, inventory management, and revenue per available seat on what may be a typically slower day.

Here are some strategies to craft a memorable and profitable restaurant event while becoming the talk-of-the-town through the use of social media!

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Chefs Chime In On: Tasting Menus

Chefs Chime In On: Tasting Menus

By Courtney WalshWest Coast Editor

The culinary world is constantly in flux, with new developments and innovations appearing every day. In this series, we offer chefs the opportunity to share their own unique insights into a culinary trend currently making headlines.

Tasting menus are by no means a new invention. For decades, restaurants have offered multi-course dining experiences, often set around a certain theme or seasonal ingredients. These menus can be complemented by unique wine, beer, or spirits pairings, or can stand alone on their own merits.

Some restaurants chose to offer these tasting menus in addition to their regular menu, while others chose to run solely on one single, multi-coursed menu. Courses can range from a simple several course meal up to an exuberant 20+ courses and pricing can range from the reasonable to the lavish.

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