Spruce up your summer menu with these cool ideas for hot days.
Show off your kitchen’s culinary skills by featuring house-made ingredients on your summer menu such as original salad dressings. Spruce up your summer sandwiches with freshly made mustards and ketchups and garnish your burgers with unique toppings – perhaps an Asian inspired kimchi burger?
Homemade condiments are a cost-effective way to help establish your restaurant or café’s brand.
Keep it Casual
Summer means relaxing, capture that laid-back feeling with a casual summer lunch menu. Seafood goes down really well in the summertime so how about crab cake burgers or grilled fish tacos.
Keep it simple and tell a story of time and place by featuring local produce.
Of course, salads are a summer go-to, but instead of keeping them as a side, make them the star of your seasonal menu. Fill bowls with locally sourced greens and top with your house-made dressings. Create solid base salads with interchangeable protein options like fish, chicken or tofu.
Make room on the menu for drinks that celebrate the season, particularly the sweet summer fruit that is available by mixing a berry inspired mojito. Remember, cocktails don’t have to involve alcohol, take advantage of the growing low-to-no alcohol trend by offering virgin versions of your best selling boozy treats.
Don’t Bake Divine Desserts
No need to fire up the ovens for dessert, instead, tempt warm-weather customers with cool classics like silky sorbets and rich house-made ice creams.
Showcase local fruit produce with homemade ice blocks – for an adults-only version add some spirits to the mix.