Need New Buffet Ideas
One we run a lot of the same menu items over and over so the regulars get the same food thrown in front of them
two on the slow nights (every night other than FRI-SAT) we throw away a lot of food because it is not appetizing at all
ok well so
too much repetition
wonderul (no offence but i wonder how ur making money)
hmm u say "asian section is appealing"
are u willing to play a pan asian buffet instead ? so you turn into a pure asian buffet
south east asia
well other ideas (buffet concepts)
DIY = customer assemble.. like salad bar etc
Noodle bar = one chef standing there and makes noodle to order etc
or pizza bar (fresh bake pizza/ pasta) - if u want to keep italian
fresh made sushi rolls
fresh cut steak OR
MTO food (made to order)
like customer has like table number tags and they walk to one particular station and put down their tag along with a particular food they want to eat then the station chef preps the food and either customer goes back to take or it gets delivered over
(expert at buffet XD)
What does your FOH look like?
Take a good critical look at it.
New carpeting/flooring and seating options go a long way to make or break a place.
First impressions are important.
You mentioned families.
Do you have a special child friendly station?
One that is well within sight of the parents?
Most people tend to put too much on the plate...but with that in mind, what is ending up in the garbage most often?
Really need to see your menu to provide actual buffet item suggestions.
<if this is the same place ur working ... all i can is LMAO - GOOGLE ftw->
ok regarding to toss food thing
(island shangrila is the PIONEER of hotel buffet concept <asian style... cuz asian like buffet>)
one thing is do not make too much food in one going
make emm in small batches so that customers always get the "freshly made food" and you wont make too much wastage
and may i know what food ur serving atm? esp for the chinese section/ asian cuz u say guests "LIKE those"
and where are the guests dining? like is it a sit down place... or its a grab and go gamble style..
Well sure you can stick with recipe suggestions only, but you say you have a problem, and my impulse is
to investigate why what youre presenting to the public "is not appetizing at all" as you stated.
Does that stem from your perception of the visual presentation of the product, or something else?
And BTW, when was the last time you went round and actually TASTED every single entree and side dish you're offering?
If it's something you wont eat, thats a problem in itself. And if you're throwing away lots of product, maybe its time to actually
CONSIDER changes, even a menu overhaul before coming up with, -new items to add into the mix-.
Also if youre using full sized hotel pans and tossing 3/4 of it, use half sized--you have to change out more often, but from the
customer's viewpoint there's nothing better than standing at the buffet watching a brand new pan of what theyre interested
in being slid into the lineup. Sure it may have been made at the same time, but at least half of the fresh food business
is human psychology.
And (sidenote) in my personal opinion I think it's beyond tacky to replace a pan and dump the old food on top. (often many hours old)
The reasoning is they'll eat the old first. But you have only to watch people for 10 minutes to see it doesnt work
that way. I never understood the logic of [contaminating] new fresh tasting food with what's been sitting
around all morning.
A final suggestion....get out there and talk to your clientele--there's no better feedback than from the people who are
eating it--or deciding not to.
Was not going to post in this thread again, but just a tiny question.
How long will newburg hold (and still be safe) in a buffet situation?
If the place is "run down" that is as equally important as what you are dumping in the trash.
There is a Tex-Mex place down the street from where I live.
Food is excellent, well seasoned and fresh and never greasy (was even featured on that Guy person's FN show. Something about diners and dives.).
We get take out because the place is "run down" and the food just doesn't taste as good when seated.
I have been in the BOH and know that they keep to an immaculate standard of cleanliness.
Not so much the steak house (also in my neighborhood) dirty bathrooms, stained carpet and dusty ceilings are not my thing.
try smaller single serve dishes for example country night; pot pies served in 6oz. disposable aluminum (unless you have enough ramekins)...not sure if you present dishes in full pans but things like this you can cook as many as you need for that time instead of firring a whole pan for a small lunch. Also any prepped can be saved... fish en papillote is also easy to control as far as cooking volume...do you have a action station? its good for pasta night and high end food items. As far as pasta goes, cooking to order in front of customers limits throwing away whole pans of pasta when it gets dry. a shrimp saute station, you can cook 3-4 batches at one time....try to fill the line with cheap foods that people like. baked potato bar, elote for Mexican night (corn mixed with mayo,parm and garnish with cayenne or paprika)....Ive ran a few buffets in casinos and cruise ships so I feel your pain. sauces and garnish are the key to a buffet. you can serve the same thing but a sauce and garnish can change the dish fully
sauces for fish
escabeche-(carrots,onions,jalapeno) marinaded in vinegar (peppercorns,bay leaves, cumin) good for mexican, Mediterranean or Asian
vera cruz- tomato based sauce with olives, onions (capers optional)...make like you would a putanesca and adjust the seasoning to make it mexican or italian (also for chicken)
dill cream- basic bechamel with dill and lemon...make it like your picata without the capers...best for salmon
sweet and sour- You know already
coconut curry- red or green, garnish with soft carrots and/or small diced potatoes, cilantro...best for whiting,buffalo especially sole (pork, chicken, lamb)
fresh salsas- mango, pineapple or roasted corn (mix with reds and green...make it bright)
balsamic glaze- very simple. mix with honey...garnish with mandarin oranges (chicken breast)
caper brown butter- Crowd favorite, never fails....brown butter, capers, shallots, rosemary (i don't like rosemary but love it in this sauce...just don't over do it)