Holiday Ideas

  • Hit a home run with your Father’s Day promotional strategy

    June 6, 2024
    By Mo Chaar There are approximately 8 million fathers in Canada, and while dining out for Father’s Day isn’t quite as popular as Mother’s Day, restaurants still saw a 22 per cent increase on the occasion last year. As people celebrate the father figures in their lives, the holiday presents an opportunity for restaurant owners to tap into ...
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  • Celebrate June’s best food holidays at your restaurant

    May 15, 2024
    There’s so much to celebrate in June, with food holidays that spotlight both sweet and savoury options. Give your guests something new to try, get everyone feeling festive, and expand your menu with a few of this month’s favourites – and you just might attract some new guests, too. Create a following for your festivities with ...
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  • Making your restaurant a Mother’s Day destination

    April 25, 2024
    Are you planning a Mother’s Day celebration at your restaurant?  Research shows over half of Canadians (51 per cent) plan on dining out for Mother’s Day this year so it’s a great time to get people in and raise revenues. Mother’s Day brunch is a classic way to celebrate our favourite moms, bringing together families ...
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  • 5 food holidays to celebrate in May

    April 17, 2024
    There is plenty to celebrate this spring, from Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day, but what about adding some creative food holidays to your restaurant celebrations? Featuring a food holiday in your bar or at your restaurant is a great way to drive traffic on slower mid-week days, give your regulars another reason to return, ...
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  • Planning ahead for patio season

    March 26, 2024
    In the next few months, we will see patios steadily open up as the weather warms up and more people want to enjoy dining outside. The warmer weather brings operators the opportunity to bring in more traffic, create a unique dining space, expand the menu, and become a destination for outdoor dining. But with these ...
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  • The rise of eatertainment

    March 22, 2024
    The foodservice industry has seen many changes in the last few years, but the rise of eatertainment is one trend that looks like it is here to stay. Guests are looking for more from their restaurant visits, and that means adding value with an exceptional experience – that’s eatertainment. While not a strictly new concept – ...
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  • Spring items are arriving on LTO menus

    March 5, 2024
    Spring has almost sprung and some QSRs are getting a jump on launching their newest menus to celebrate the season’s arrival early. LTOs are a reliable way for restaurants to generate traffic and interest while experimenting with new flavours and dishes. Studies show that 91 per cent of people are more inclined to visit a ...
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  • Celebrate spring’s best holidays at your restaurant

    February 28, 2024
    Spring is right around the corner, so get into the spirit by planning to celebrate some of the holidays of the season with your restaurant guests. From the menu to the décor and ambiance, get a head start on the spring celebrations by preparing early, marketing your events, and filling those tables this season. March 17: ...
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  • February’s best food holidays

    January 29, 2024
    While this month may be known most for Valentine’s Day, February offers a wide variety of potential celebrations for your restaurant guests to enjoy! Join in on the monthly fun by offering your patrons something new, re-engaging your staff, and boosting that bottom line. February 4: Homemade Soup Day Comfort food like soup is often a popular ...
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  • Get guests falling for your restaurant this Valentine’s Day

    January 16, 2024
    Love is in the air, and celebrating Valentine’s Day at your restaurant allows you to attract new guests, offer something unique to your regulars, test out new dishes or LTOs, and build your bottom line. About 49 per cent of people celebrated Valentine’s last year in a restaurant, so create an event that gets guests ...
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  • Trending treats for winter dessert menus

    December 15, 2023
    By Mark Plumlee ‘Tis the season get guests excited for new, craveable, seasonal treats on your menu. Desserts remain a popular item for diners, and although 21 per cent of diners say they’ve eaten dessert in the last 24 hours, studies show that number is actually closer to 63 per cent. Now’s the perfect time to ...
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  • Cheers to your New Year’s celebration

    December 11, 2023
    As 2023 comes to an end, are you all set to ring in the new year at your restaurant? Planning a successful New Year’s bash means getting a head start on the end of 2023 with feature menus, reservations, marketing, and more. Whether you are celebrating with a New Year’s Eve gala or a New Year’s ...
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  • Elevate your holiday celebrations with plant-powered menus

    December 5, 2023
    By Makayla Dewit The holiday season has arrived, and restaurants and food service establishments are eagerly gearing up to host and cater holiday events, ranging from festive gatherings to New Year’s celebrations. Are your holiday menus plant-powered this year? Considering the immense global impacts of our food choices, it is important to recognize that those who prepare ...
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  • Get your restaurant ready for the holidays

    December 1, 2023
    The holiday season has arrived, but is your restaurant holiday-ready? From special menus to labour management to your reservation system, getting ahead of the game will help you stay prepared, deliver a positive guest experience, and make the most of your margins. Be proactive, stay organized, and plan for a successful holiday season! Menus Encouraging repeat visits through ...
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  • Get extra festive with food holidays in December

    November 23, 2023
    Yes, December tends to mean all things holiday, but why not add a few new occasions to give your guests another reason to visit? Whether you want to go all-out or keep it low-key, this month has it all! Choose from these December food holidays to stand out from the competition, get guests talking about ...
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