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Menu Sampling: Consider the Food Flight

Menu Sampling: Consider the Food Flight

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Last Published: 12/10/2018

Menu Sampling: Consider the Food Flight

Familiar with the drink flight? Why not apply that idea to food?

Customers are typically eager to try and share new things on the menu. What better way to give them what they want than with food flights. A food flight is sample plate of like menu items that customers can share. It is also good for new guests who might be feeling a little indecisive by offering them a smaller tasting of multiple menu items. 

One Chicago restaurant features a Waffle Flight that includes red velvet, chocolate, liège and green tea waffles topped with blackberry, strawberry, bananas and hazelnut chocolate. A Nashville restaurant menu a Pancake Flight featuring a choice of three small pancakes from a group of four: plain, blueberry, chocolate chip or pancake of the day. A Boston restaurant is encouraging guests to order Pizza Flights so they can try more than one variety of pizza. Finally, a number of innovative restaurants are showcasing their homemade sauces by serving them in Sauce Flights.

Flights are a great way to showcase what you’re selling.  It is also a great way to illustrate your culinary team’s versatility.  Consider assigning each team member the task of contributing an item to the flight – it will help foster creativity and promote collaboration.

IDEAS FOR TRADITIONAL OPERATORS:

  • Offer a signature food flight on your menu to allow your customers to try a variety of your offerings they normally wouldn’t get to experience in one visit.
  • Elevate a featured protein by adding homemade sauces and then presenting the various creations as a food flight ready for your customers’ enjoyment.

Find more ideas for your operation and download entegra’s White Paper, Capitalizing on New Menu Concepts.

Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.

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