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With so many restaurant options available to diners these days, it’s important to think of ways you can set your business apart from all the rest. Private cooking lessons are one way to increase interest in your cuisine and encourage people to eat at your restaurant. Cooking classes are great for brand exposure because providing guests with a fun experience will get them talking about your business, which can go a long way for word-of-mouth advertising. So, if you think cooking lessons might be a good idea for your restaurant, but don't know where to begin, we'll help you figure out some things to consider as you get started.
A few popular restaurants that offer classes include Pierpoint, TwoChefs, and Mumford's. Each of these establishments has something unique to offer—whether it’s a kid’s class, locally-sourced focused, or basic knife skills. There are so many possibilities of what your cooking class can be.
So, if you think offering cooking lessons at your restaurant is something you’d like to try, here are a few things to keep in mind.
When you offer cooking classes at your restaurant, you can decide how much you want your customers to be involved. Two popular cooking class styles are:
1. Lecture-style demonstrations where your customers sit back and relax (perhaps with a glass of wine) and watch you explain step-by-step how to put together a dish that they all get to taste at the end.
2. Hands-on learning where customers roll up their sleeves, put on some aprons, and actually make dishes themselves, under your guidance.
Both lesson styles can be effective in giving your guests a great experience, so you just need to decide what you feel most comfortable with and which style best suits the setup of your kitchen.
Depending on your availability, you will have to choose how often to host lessons. You could offer a lesson once to see how popular it is, and then continue with them if you get good feedback. Some chefs offer classes that are meant to be a one-time experience, while others are designed as a series of classes for patrons who want to hear more.
As for the cost of private cooking lessons, this will depend on what you plan to serve, how involved your guests become, and the type of dining experience people expect from your restaurant. Base your rates on the extra amount of supplies you need and how much technique you're sharing with students. Are you in the city or the suburbs? Do you offer casual fare or fine French cuisine? All of these factors will impact your price.
Make cooking lessons open to a designated amount of people, depending on the size of your kitchen. Maybe you love the idea of twenty people in your kitchen doing small prep tasks and learning basic techniques. On the other hand, you might prefer the idea of five people in your kitchen, so there's less distraction. Whatever your maximum limit, be sure to stick to it when people ask about available openings. If people call your restaurant asking for a lesson and you don't have any room, simply thank them for their interest and tell them to try again when your next lesson comes up.
For groups that will be helping you cook, consider buying supplies that are separate from what you typically use in your kitchen. This way, you don't need to worry about a customer ruining your favorite chef's knife or piano whip. When the event is over, you can wash everything and store it in an area for cooking lesson supplies only. Aprons, mixing bowls, extra chef knives, and cutting boards are some food prep basics that can help with cooking classes in your restaurant. You can also provide recipe print-outs, so customers can take notes and remember what they helped you prepare.
Of course you want your guests to have the best experience possible at your cooking class, so take some steps to keep everyone safe and happy. Safety considerations are obviously most important if you choose to do a hands-on lesson because your customers will actually be touching and interacting with ingredients and equipment. Here are a few key points to keep in mind as you consider safety precautions:
At the end of your cooking lesson, share the meal you've prepared with all of your guests. Customers will love telling their friends they helped make dinner at a restaurant, and they'll encourage more people to join your cooking classes. Also be sure to advertise your private cooking lessons in your restaurant, on flyers, on social media, and on your website. It's unique to find a restaurant that will open its kitchen doors to amateurs, so you could become the trendsetter on your block.
If you've noticed that your customers are becoming increasingly health-conscious, you should consider accommodating them with vegan and vegetarian-friendly meals. While adding these dishes to your restaurant menu may seem complicated and expensive, it's actually very easy to prepare these tasty meals. Whether you use tofu, tempeh, seitan, or legumes, accommodating vegans and vegetarians with an innovative restaurant menu will make customers feel welcome and boost your profits.
Wondering what the difference is between veganism and vegetarianism? Vegetarians don't eat meat or seafood, but do consume animal byproducts like eggs, cheese, and butter. Vegans, on the other hand, don't eat meat, seafood, or animal byproducts. There are also several sub-categories of vegans and vegetarians that modify these diets in different ways, such as pescetarians and raw food vegans. If you're interested in accommodating these customers but aren't sure where to start, keep reading!
Soy-based foods are often used as meat replacements, as they're easy to prepare and are packed with protein, fiber, and amino acids. Soybean (or soya bean) plants are a species of legume native to East Asia and are commonly used in feeding livestock or cooking.
Consuming soybeans reduces bad cholesterol and lowers blood pressure, so these dishes will be ordered by health-conscious consumers alongside vegans and vegetarians. Even better, soybeans are a sustainable and cost-efficient alternative protein source to meat, and growing them is far more environmentally friendly than meat processing.
A variety of meat replacements and other popular foods contain non-fermented soy. Here are a few of the most well-known examples:
On the other hand, there are a handful of fermented soy products that are perfect for serving vegans and vegetarians. The list below covers some of the most popular options:
If you're wondering how to integrate soy into your restaurant's menu, check out the recipes below:
Seitan is a processed wheat gluten product with a dense, chewy texture that's similar to meat. Like soybeans, it's a great source of protein that will leave guests feeling full and satisfied. Seitan is made by washing wheat dough with water until its starch granules have been removed. The resulting product is an insoluble mass of gluten that's formed and cooked before consumption. If you serve guests with gluten intolerance, you can also prepare gluten-free seitan using gluten-free flour.
Looking to accommodate vegetarians and vegans with seitan? Check out the delicious recipes below:
Soy-based products and seitan aren't the only foods you can serve to vegans and vegetarians. These popular meat alternatives are also great options when serving these patrons.
Dense, meaty, and delicious, portobello mushrooms are a smart choice for creating vegan- and vegetarian-friendly "hamburgers." They're also a healthy option that can reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, and promote healthy digestion. Check out this recipe for portobello mushroom burgers:
In addition to mushrooms, you can use firm vegetables like eggplant, potatoes, and beets to accommodate vegans and vegetarians. Similarly, cauliflower is a healthy, delicious replacement for hamburgers and steaks. Whether you roast, saute, or grill these vegetables, your guests are sure to love the results. Use the eggplant and cauliflower recipes below as a starting point:
Dishes made with legumes are another cost-effective and delicious choice to incorporate into your vegan- and vegetarian-friendly menu. From lentils and chickpeas to black beans and aduki, legumes can be used to make a wide variety of meals. In addition to being easy to prepare, beans promote digestive health and can help fight type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Check out the recipes below for inspiration:
Whether you run a restaurant, upscale bistro, or food truck, creating an innovative menu that accommodates vegans and vegetarians is always a smart choice. Incorporating soy-based products, seitan, vegetables, and legumes into your lineup also promotes better health and nutrition, which your customers are sure to love.
Mother's Day may be a month away, but it's never too early to begin thinking about how your customers will want to honor their mothers and grandmothers. Regardless of whether patrons choose to celebrate at brunch, lunch, dinner, or anywhere in between, a mimosa is always a delicious and refreshing drink choice. For 5 unique mimosa recipes to serve in a champagne glass on Mother's Day (or any day), check out the video and directions below.
Yield: 1 mimosa
Yield: 8 mimosas
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Yield: 4 mimosas
When planning your Mother's Day brunch or dinner menu, make sure to add a few different kinds of mimosas to your menu. These cocktails are delicious, refreshing, and sure to hit the spot on Mom's special day.
If you run a bakery or other foodservice business that makes its own cakes, chances are you've created a few roses with buttercream icing. These decorations are an attractive addition to wedding and birthday cakes and can also be used to top cheesecakes or chocolate chip cookie cakes. Regardless of where you place your buttercream roses, the step-by-step instructions below will help you pipe perfect icing flowers every time.
Cut the bag to size and dry fit the coupler.
Attach the rose tip to the coupler and secure it with a coupler screw.
Fold down the edges of your pastry bag.
Add buttercream icing to the bag with a pastry spatula, making sure not to overfill the bag.
Pipe a base for the center cone of the rose onto the pastry nail. The larger the rose, the larger the base will need to be.
While twisting the nail counter-clockwise, begin creating your flower petals. Start with the first row and work your way out to the edge of the nail.
Continue creating small arches for each individual petal. Repeat this process until you have achieved the desired rose size.
Once your rose is finished, gently remove it from the nail with an offset baker's spatula.
Carefully place the finished rose on your cake.
Repeat Steps 1-5 to prepare to pipe the rose leaves. You'll need to use a small leaf tip and green buttercream icing. Then, pipe leaves around your roses.
Frosting roses are an attractive addition to a variety of desserts, but piping the perfect buttercream rose can seem difficult. However, following these simple step-by-step directions will help you create elegant and colorful frosting flowers for your bakery's signature cakes.