9 winter specials warming up restaurant menus

Operators are tapping seasonal ingredients and holiday flavors to create new dishes.


Make fall menus great again

Take autumn offerings up a notch by featuring seasonal favorites in new, unexpected ways.

Will the looming pumpkin shortage pose a problem for the many chains that bank on autumn LTOs?

With “frigid and bitter” conditions predicted for the upcoming winter, operators already are preparing, checking systems and making upgrades.

According to the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Valentine’s Day spending survey, consumers will shell out $3.5 billion going out to celebrate.

Cooking seasonally goes beyond sourcing fruits, vegetables and other ingredients that are at their peak. After all, for the next few months, local fields may be barren and fresh produce scarce in a large part of the country.

Operators say more corporate customers are booking year-end events—and spending more when they do.

Some of the industry’s most interesting developments weren’t the big headline-grabbers. But any savvy restaurateur wouldn’t want to miss these developments.

As the leaves change color and the temperature drops, consumers are being warmed up by the heat of this season’s cocktail menus.

Patrons at Mexican restaurants in the U.S. usually don’t expect the seasons to drive the menu. But at Orale Mexican Kitchen in Jersey City, N.J., sourcing local, seasonal produce is a priority of consulting chef James Muir—and his menu reflects it.