Christmas is coming! Whilst it brings ‘joy to the world’ for most, it can be a challenging period for hotels, restaurants and other food establishments; with large parties to cater for, menus to plan and more people to serve – it is no surprise that the occasional essential item slips through the net.
Many restaurants will opt for a set menu throughout Christmas, giving guests the option of a few dishes to choose from for starters, mains and desserts.
Whilst this type of menu holds benefits in the form of easier preparation and quicker service, it can lead to guests wanting additional extras or requesting to change their orders. Having extra ingredients for dishes available allows you to cater for these requests and changes.
So, with everything planned for the big day, take a look at our last minute Christmas checklist to ensure a smooth service throughout the festive period.
During the Christmas period, guest demand for sauces and mustards will surge, you may need to consider increasing your order quantities of these items to cater for this.
Unlike a regular service, there’s no nipping out to the shops to buy an emergency pot of mint sauce, so stock up on the following to make sure you don’t get caught out:
In addition to the following, make sure you have ample stock of other common sauces such as brown sauce, ketchup, vinegar and mayonnaise.
Buying pre-prepared vegetables will save you hours of time in the kitchen, without compromising on taste. In addition to our huge range of freshly prepared vegetables, we have featured a select range in our Christmas Brochure just for Christmas:
Did you know that hungry Brits will consume 10,000 mince pies a minute over the Christmas period! Be sure to have plenty of additional mince pies available for any last minute additional demand or unexpected guests – giving mince pies out for free is a great way to attract additional guests to your establishment.
A cheeseboard is one of the most common desserts you will find on a Christmas set menu, but following such a large meal – portions are usually reduced to decrease the amount of food waste. This can lead to guests asking for more cheese and/or crackers, make sure you’re prepared with our top picks of festive cheeses, crackers and relishes:
In addition to our Christmas cheese selection, why not browse our full range of cheeses – all available with next day delivery.
In addition to the products listed above, don’t forget to have plenty of the following spare:
At Arthur David, we know how difficult it can be when you forget an essential – that’s why we’re on hand to accommodate for last minute emergency orders all through the Christmas and New Year period, with orders being taken up to midday on the 23rd – see our full opening times and ordering deadlines below.
Why not take a look at our Ingredients and fine foods 2017 Christmas brochure to browse the huge range of stock we have available. To place your order, give us a call today on 0330 333 4441 or use the live chat to discuss your individual requirements.