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These World Renowned Chefs Reveal Their Secrets For Creating The Perfect Menu Thumbnail
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Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or struggling to put together the right menu for your business deciding on what food you are going to serve can be a monumental task. There are lots of factors to consider such as food allergies and any other food preferences your guests may have. It is vital you offer options for people who may be vegetarian or vegan so they feel included in your menu, if you are planning on hosting some kind of food event I would recommend you plan your menu well in advance and inform your guests of the options you have available, this allows plenty of time for your guests to decide what they want to eat and puts you in a position where you know exactly what you need to make.

 

However, a pre-planned menu is not always suitable as diners visiting a restaurant may not want to decide on what they are going to eat until they visit. This is where an innovative and well thought out menu is required to ensure every dietary requirement is met, here is some advice from a select few of the world’s most renowned chefs as well as some helpful tips on how catering companies in Brisbane select their menu.

 

Think about what you would enjoy eating

As a chef it is important that you have a level of interest and passion behind the food that you serve, this not only ensures a delicious meal is created but also reflects your flair and style of cooking to your dinner guests. The best chefs around the world are all known for a signature style of cooking and their food is instantly recognizable, it is important you find your own style in terms of flavor combinations, cooking methods and presentation as this will be the type of food you not only enjoy cooking the most but also what tastes the best.

 

Cater to every dietary requirement

It goes without saying how crucial it is you have food options for every single dietary issue there is, all it takes is for one person to come into your restaurant with a dietary requirement you haven’t properly prepared for and your professional reputation can seriously be hindered. It would be advisable to take the time and do thorough research into any food deficiency there is and come up with ways in which your menu could be adapted to suit your guest’s needs. Like any business you are going to have a huge variety of customers each in need of a different service, in this case, you need to ensure your menu has a solid meal option they can enjoy.

 

Consider the event and venue

Deciding on the perfect menu can totally depend on the event and venue your food is being served at, if the event is more social with guests standing and interacting with each other then it would be much more suitable to serve easy to eat buffet style food. If your guests want a luxury style service then a seated meal with different courses would be required, a good idea would be to meet with your customers prior to the event and discuss the kind of atmosphere their event will have. Meeting with your customers not only displays a high level of customer service but also ensures you know exactly what they want to eat and allows you to deliver the perfect menu as they have had involvement. Communication is also a key factor when it comes to finding out any potential dietary requirements and allows you to deal with them to the very best standard.

Local Sweets for your Sweetie this Valentine’s Day Thumbnail
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We’ve brought in some brand new products just in advance of Valentine’s Day – local sweets for your sweetie!

Cocolico Sauces by Wendy Boys
*NEW* Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Old Favorites: Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Burnt Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Caramel
$10.95 +tax

Vanilla Salt Caramels by Wendy Boys
9 Chocolates$15.95 +tax

Valentine’s Chocolates by Chocolate Arts
Crispy Raspberry Heart – A crispy cookie wafer with dried raspberry puree, covered in dark chocolate.
$5.95 +tax

Chocolate Box by Chocolate ArtsA heart-shaped box with 5 little red-foil wrapped chocolates hidden inside. $5.95 +tax

We also have a number of premade giftbaskets available, or you can customize your own.

Come visit us at our Granville Island Retail Store, or purchase these (and many more locally made artisan foodstuffs) online here.

A Delicious Banana Dessert Recipe for New Year Dinner Thumbnail
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The New Years menu can be a common worry well, when it comes to the dessert we’ve got you sorted with this amazing banana and chocolate cake with custard.

What You Need ?

  • 2 eggs
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 50g butter
  • 100g chocolate chips
  • 3 bananas
  • 20g white chocolate (for decoration)
  • 300ml of ready made or homemade custard

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  • Grease a 30cm cake tin and line the tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Take a mixing bowl and cream the butter and sugar together until a cream like consistency is achieved.
  • Beat in the two eggs until all the ingredients are combined evenly and a smooth mix is achieved.
  • Sieve the flour into the bowl and slowly fold, avoiding flour lumps and beating air out of the cake.
  • In a separate bowl take a fork and mash up two of the bananas evenly and add this to the previous mixture until the mix is even.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips and ensure an even distribution.
  • Pour the cake mix into the tin and use a spatula to spread the top of the cake until level.
  • Bake the cake for 25 – 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until a skewer can be placed through the centre and come out clean.
  • Leave the cake to cool and then turn it onto a plate.
  • Melt the white chocolate in the microwave until smooth and runny.
  • Once cooled drizzle the white chocolate over the top of the cake.
  • Slice the remaining bananas thinly and add as decoration to the cake.
  • Heat the custard in preparation for serving.
  • Slice the cake into a suggested six servings and serve hot or cold with the custard.