Saturday, October 31, 2015

Papa Murphy’s Fresh, Fast, Fun, Food

Trick-Or-Treat at Papa Murphy’s there is no trick it is simply a treat to complement your Halloween with  its one-of-a-kind Jack-O-Lantern Pizza and frightfully delicious Spooky Dough. Our Grocerant Guru® stated that “Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food is a perfect way to customize your dinner with fresh fast food that most everyone will enjoy and Papa Murphy’s is the perfect place for Heat-N-Eat Fresh, Fast, Fun, Food.” 

Ken Calwell, president and chief executive officer of Papa Murphy’s. “We are thrilled to bring back this fan favorite pizza and our famous seasonal cookie dough as we aim to provide fun meals the whole family loves…Celebrating Halloween with a Papa Murphy’s Jack-O Pizza has become a family tradition that gets everyone in the spirit and is the perfect start to a night of trick-or-treating,”     

The special Jack-O-Lantern Pizza starts with Papa Murphy’s fresh, scratch-made, pumpkin-shaped dough and is topped with traditional red sauce, generous portions of 100 percent whole-milk Mozzarella cheese and as always, a smiling jack-o-lantern face made with premium pepperoni and olives.  Then it’s up to you to customize it. 

Papa Murphy’s specialty Spooky Dough is chocolate chip cookie dough inspired by the Halloween spirit with its bright orange color, reminiscent of a pumpkin. The dough is sold in a one-pound container and is the perfect dessert to bake at home and enjoy with the entire family.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Order A Restaurant Thankgiving Dinner Eating-Out while Eatting-In

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Americans want to Eat-Out while Eating-In according to Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson.  The National Restaurant Association has forecast that 4 million Americans would order a full takeout Thanksgiving meal from a restaurant back in 2013, while 14 million would order parts of their Thanksgiving meal to be eaten at home.  There is a battle for customers share of stomach underway. 

 Things have not slowed down The Grocerant Niche is Booming.  Here are some examples from previous years of Restaurant Sales Success with Take-Out Meals empowering consumers to Eat-Out while Eat-In:

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q offers an assortment of Holiday Meals to go.  Broad Breasted Turkey Hen, Broad Breasted Turkey Tom, Honey Glazed Spiral Cut Ham and more.  All orders must be placed by 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 24th and picked up by 7:00 p.m. on November 26th, as stores will be closing early.  Closed on Thanksgiving Day.  View menu.

Bob Evans will be open Thanksgiving from 8 am until 8 pm, but the chain is also offering its popular heat and serve Farmhouse Feast. The Feast serves up to eight, comes complete with your choice of turkey or ham, bread and celery dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, buttered sweet corn, green beans with ham, cranberry relish, rolls, pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie.  $79.99 (prices may vary by location). Additional servings of turkey or ham, bread, savory sides and desserts may be added a la carte.

Boston Market – Menu includes everything from whole roasted turkey or spiral-sliced ham to all the sides you crave, like savory stuffing and creamy mashed potatoes.  Dinner options to feed 4 to 12 people. You can order online, by phone or at your local Boston Market restaurant. Everything is already cooked, and it only takes about two hours to heat the entire meal.

Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants Thanksgiving Feast To Go includes sliced white meat turkey or hickory-smoked ham, homestyle gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce.  Half pan serves ten for $159.99.  Full pan serves 20 for $299.99.  Prices may vary by location.

Chompie’s offers delicious complete Thanksgiving meal packages to go that serve 12-15 generously, as well as complete Thanksgiving dinners for 6 or more on Thanksgiving day. In addition to coming as part of the meal packages, Chompie’s also offers its extra large (18-20 lbs. raw weight) whole oven-roasted turkeys to go alone. A la carte Thanksgiving side dishes also available.  See full menu.

Cowboy Chicken is offering a Wood Fire Rotisserie Turkey Holiday Package, which feeds between eight to ten guests and features a 10-12 pound Wood Fire Rotisserie Turkey, Twice Baked Potaters, a Wild West Side, Country Style Stuffing, 12 dinner rolls, and Peach or Southern Blackberry Cobbler, all for $84.95.  Guests may order their Wood Fire Rotisserie Turkey Holiday Package at any Cowboy Chicken location between now and December 31st, 2014.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is offering Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go from November 22nd through November 30th.  Serve up to six for $59.99.  Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Cornbread Dressing, Gravy, a sampling of Sugar-Cured Ham, choice of Three Country Sides, Cranberry Relish, choice of made from scratch Biscuits, Corn Muffins, or a Loaf of Sourdough Bread.  Click for more details.

Famous Dave’s is offering a Hickory Smoked Glazed Ham and Ham Feast and Cherrywood Smoked Turkey and Turkey Feast for pick up.  Feasts include Garlic Red-Skin Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Dave’s Cheesy Mac & Cheese, and Green Beans.  Order by November 23rd for Thanksgiving and pick it up November 26th.

Luby’s offers an extensive selection of holiday meals, side items and A la Carte selections.  Choices include Roasted Prime Rib, Whole Roasted Turkey Breast, Spiral Cut Ham, Whole Roasted Turkey, Whole Smoked Turkey, Whole Deep Fried Turkey and much more.  Click for menu.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que offers individual Thanksgiving Dinners to go which include slow-smoked turkey, ham or both, served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Southern Stuffing, Apples Sauteed in Jack Daniels, Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Biscuits with Apple Butter and Sweet Potato Pie.  Adults $24.99, Kids $11.99.  Lucille’s Thanksgiving Day catering menu includes a choice of Smoked Sliced Turkey and/or Marinated Ham with all the fixings.  Guests can also order Hickory Smoked Whole Turkeys.  All holiday orders must be placed by November 25.

Maggiano’s Thanksgiving Day Carryout Package includes choice of salads, sides, desserts and pastas.  Entrees include Traditional Roast Turkey Breast, Country-Style Baked Nueske Ham and Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia.  Carryout orders must be placed by Monday, November 25th.

Marie Callender’s offers Holiday Feasts, Sides, Party Platters, Boxed Lunches and Desserts for carryout.  For selections and pricing, download Marie Callender’s Holiday Guide.

Max & Erma’s will be open Thanksgiving Day for dine-in, but guests can also order the chain’s Thanksgiving meal for carryout.  Guests can also order from the regular Max & Erma’s menu.

Mimi’s Cafe is offering Holiday Feasts To-Go, serving eight to ten, for $89.99.  Selections include 
Herb-Butter Basted Turkey with Gravy, Candied Pecan Sweet Potatoes, Whipped Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Cornbread Stuffing, Apple Cranberry Orange Relish, Green Bean Casserole, Whole Pumpkin Pie, six freshly-baked brown-sugar-topped Pumpkin Muffins.  Mimi’s will also offer “Just the Sides” and “Brunch at Home” to-go options.  Click for more information.

Ruffino’s will offer its annual Thanksgiving To-Go services from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The award-winning restaurant will also be open for dine-in guests during these hours, serving up traditional home-cooked meals alongside Ruffino’s signature “Creole meets Italian” favorites.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House offers your favorite side items to-go. Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Beans with Roasted Garlic and Creamed Spinach are all available in family-sized portions for $29.95 (serves ten to twelve).

Sticky Fingers Smokehouse is offering smoked turkey (10-12 lb), 5 quarts of Southern sides and pumpkin pie for $69.  Serves 4-6 people.  Pre-order by November 23

Texas Land & Cattle has its Thanksgiving Catering Menu available for Thanksgiving.  Orders must be placed by Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving Day pick up. Restaurants will be open Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q – Preorder your smoked turkey by November 15th.  8 – 10 lb. turkey $29.99.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Looking A Food Customer Ahead How Can You Save Consumers Time?

Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® identified, quantified, and qualified how “The 65 Inch HDTV Syndrome” was slowing restaurant growth. Not only was it slowing restaurant same store sales customer counts year after year.  It continues to drive change in the entire foodservice sector. 

Now a The Hartman Group’s new report, Culture of Food: New Appetites, New Routines,reveals that fundamental shifts in technology, travel and trade have placed food back at the center of everyday life and popular culture. Food is fun and important. Interest in food isn’t a mere Millennial generational trait or the domain of Mom but a reflection of an evolving food culture encompassing all consumers.”

One key finding contained within the report is consumer there is little if any change in the problem consumers have in deciding what to make for dinner.  Here is a chart from the report:

What has changed is the number of new fresh food retailers, with points of fresh food distribution that offer fresh prepared foods that either do not require cooking from scratch or need no cooking at all.  The focus has become about the power of choice; and today the choice is about how to save time.  

Most consumers do not want to do dishes, cook from scratch or plan a meal.  They do want to eat Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat Fresh Prepared meal components.  Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® outlined the case for saving consumers time at the 2015 SJU “Fresh” Food Summit.  

Success does leave clues and Looking A Customer Ahead is one of them.  That is something we have been doing at since 1991. For more insights Email: or Call: 253-759-7869