Mango & Coconut Cheesecake
Ever noticed how time seems to accelerate once the second half of the year begins? It starts with the odd mention of ‘Christmas in July’ and before you know it, the busiest period in the hospitality calendar is upon us. So what’s the secret to a winning festive menu? We believe it’s a blend of good planning, being smart with ingredients, and a willingness to have fun with flavour. Let’s break each of these down further to help your business thrive this silly season, minus the side serve of stress.
Planning and preparation are keys to a good performance, be that in a meeting, on a stage or running a really busy meal service. Meeting diners’ expectations during the festive season not only ensures they enjoy their Christmas meal or function, but it also makes them more likely to book a table at other times of the year. In other words: loyal patrons are born at Christmas.
One of the ways to get into planning mode is by finding inspiration early, and the Queen Professional recipe collection is a great place to start. Two of our savoury favourites for Christmas menus are the Vanilla Cured Ocean Trout – for seafood-loving Aussies – and the Crispy Skinned Duck – for something more traditional, but different to the typical turkey fare.
For sweet inspiration, try our Mango Soufflé. Not only does it celebrate a favourite summer fruit, but it’s also served with a passionfruit rum syrup made using Queen Natural Rum Flavour – perfect for a grown-up Christmas treat.
It’s no secret that supply chain disruptions and rising ingredient costs have been hallmarks of 2022. These challenges have hit the hospitality industry hard, and it’s forcing operators to reimagine how they deliver the flavours their diners demand at prices they’re willing to pay.
Queen Professional’s range of vanilla pastes and extracts, maple syrup, flavours and colours are available year-round and are a cost-effective means of ensuring dishes on your Christmas menu look and taste amazing.
Here are a few ways you can enhance your festive offering with the Queen Professional range.
Christmas is often the time when diners will embrace an attitude of ‘more is more’, so be sure to include some frivolously fun options on the menu to help leverage that festive spirit! Take a look at these ideas to help get your Christmas creativity flowing.
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