With December in full swing, and Christmas lights decorating all the trees--from Rockefeller Center in New York City, to the palm trees of Los Angeles, to our very own evergreen here in Golden, Colorado--everyone is in a holiday mood. It's only fitting that your restaurant's menu reflects the season, especially to attract those guests who are out in the hustle and bustle and want to stop in for some festive refreshment.
From cocktails to desserts, and everything in between, here are some ideas our restaurant consultants found from our favorite recipe sources.
1. Liquor.com has the ten best Christmas cocktails
out there, and we were especially intersted in the Tom & Jerry
for a sweet treat.
2. Southern Living rounded up amazing appetizer recipes
, and we definitely want to try the Roasted Fennel and Prosciutto flatbread
--easy to recreate and offer as an appertizer or entree.
3. Everyone loves a Christmas ham, but it can be hard to know how to prepare it. The Spruce has ten different glaze recipes
. We love how many of them have a mustard base--make it spicy to warm up your guests.
4. It's best to embrace the sugar craze of the holidays and make sure you've got dessert on the menu. Most unique to the season is Christmas cookies, of course, so we turned to Betty Crocker herself for the best ideas
and ingredients. (If you want to get really festive, consider adding a "decorate your own cookie" plate or bar for dessert time.)
If you need help with your menu development, or for more tips on moving your restaurant through the seasons, contact a restaurant consultant
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