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3 Easy Spring Menu Ideas for the Busy Restaurateur

The Restaurants Canada Show is just days away! We've added a host of great events and specials for you to attend - buy your tickets by February 24th and you could win a Vitamix Drink Machine Two-Speed blender (retail value $850.00 CAD).

How do you keep customers coming back? As a restaurateur, one way is to always keeping your eye out for new and fresh restaurant promotion ideas that will attract new customers. Your menu is one place you can change up, seasonally.  Since spring is just around the corner, people will be shaking off the winter blues and popping in through your doors - time to start thinking about what you'll be serving up! Jazz up your menu for Spring with our 3 easy-to-implement ideas - which can all be easily made in a blender!

1. Quick Soup Specials 

Make your daily specials really shine! Change up your daily soup specials to keep people guessing. Using seasonal or local vegetables to feature in your recipes can help cut costs - not to mention that locally sourced vegetables took the #4 spot on our recent Chef Trends Survey.  Need some ideas? Vitamix has a host of easy-to-make soup recipes. Find them here.

2. House-Made Condiments and Sauces

Ever considered whipping up your own ketchup? Those bottled ones just don't cut it anymore, according to our Chef Trends Survey, that named house-made condiments and sauces #1 on our "Up and Comer list of menu trends. If you have the right equipment, you can create some beautiful sauces that will leave your customers wanting more. Here is a simple ketchup recipe that will set you apart from your competitors.

3. Sorbet

Who doesn't love a nice, cool dessert after a meal? Adding this crowd-pleasing addition to your menu can work wonders - and it allows you to be both inventive (with flavour combinations) and smart about your food costs since you can use seasonal fruits. Here is a great berry and mixed-spice sorbet recipe you can whip up in less than 30 minutes.


As a chef or a restaurant owner, we know that your business and time is paramount. As food costs rise, it's a no-brainer that you don’t have ingredients to waste. We also know that your time is precious, so why not make it easier by trying out something new? Meet the Vitamix! From helping with food waste, training and cutting costs, this could be your all-in-one piece of equipment. All of the above ideas can be simply put together - no muss, no fuss, with the Vitamix's large range of products. From the original Vitamix (Blender) to the Lainox Naboo (Combi Oven), Wood Stone (Stone Hearth Oven) / Pasabahce (Glassware) - save time, money and your reputation by putting out only the best foods to your customers. Learn more about these and other products at Chesher Equipment Ltd. (exclusive Canadian wholesaler of foodservice equipment who distributes to dealers across Canada).

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